An Apology For the Apologetic Function of 1 Thessalonians 2.1-12
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Modem interpreters have too quickly abandoned the long-held view that Paul in 1 Thess. 2.1-12 is in some real sense defending himself. Despite the widespread claims of recent exegetes that this passage functions only as implicit parenesis in which Paul presents himself as a model for the Thessalonians to imitate, evidence from the thanksgiving section (1.2-10), the apostolic parousia (2.17-3.10), the anti thetical statements of 2.1-12, and the repeated appeals in this passage to the Thes salonians' first-hand knowledge about Paul's original ministry in their city strongly suggest that the primary function of 2.1-12 is defensive or apologetic. This apologetic function can be more fully appreciated in the light of a reconstruction of the passage's historical context.
Weima, Jeffrey A. D., "An Apology For the Apologetic Function of 1 Thessalonians 2.1-12" (1998). Seminary Faculty Publications and Creative Activity. 31.