III. The Pauline Mission In Thessalonica
During Paul's first stay (see Ac 17:1-9), he preached in the synagogue with some Jews and a large number of God-fearing Greeks becoming Christians. First Thessalonians suggests that the Jewish converts were in a minority (see 1:9; 2:7-16). Jewish opponents wished to lynch Paul and Silas (no mention is made of Timothy) but failed to find them. So they dragged Jason and other converts before the city officials. However, the politarchs released them on bail, perhaps barring Paul and Silas from Thessalonica for as long as they were in office.