The First Letter of Peter: A Commentary on the Greek Text

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: Baylor Univ Pr

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The New Testament book known as "The First Letter of Peter" describes how Christians should relate to the world. Specifically, it suggests how Christians should define themselves against a powerful and sometimes hostile culture. Written to first-century Christians in Asia Minor who were suffering from religious persecution, this letter brings Biblical and extra-Biblical traditions together to forge an original and unique pastoral strategy. At the same time, in its depiction of "practical piety," the letter is an impressive display of early Christian theology. Here, one of the world's authorities on Peter provides a verse by verse interpretation of First Peter that is both highly readable and deeply informed.

Author Biography

Reinhard Feldmeier is Professor of New Testament at Gottingen and guest professor at Sao Leopoldo, Brazil

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. xi
The "Fiery Ordeal" (1 Peter 4:12): The situation of sufferingp. 2
The "Foreigners" (1 Peter 1:1; 2:11): The theological interpretation of the situationp. 13
"In Order to Encourage and to Testify" (1 Peter 5:12): The arrangement of the letterp. 17
"Rebirth" and "People of God": The crossing of the vertical and horizontal dimensions of soteriologyp. 23
"For It Is Written" (1 Peter 1:16): 1 Peter and traditionp. 25
"Peter, Apostle of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:1): Questions of introductionp. 28
The Influence of First Peterp. 43
Prescript: The Addressees as Foreigners and People of God 1:1-2p. 48
The Reason for the Foreignness: Rebirth and the People of God 1:3-2:10p. 60
Rebirth 1:3-2:3p. 60
Introductory Eulogy: Rebirth and Joy in Suffering 1:3-12p. 61
Rebirth and the New Way of Life 1:13-2:3p. 96
The Regenerate as God's People 2:4-10p. 131
The Building Up into a Spiritual House 2:4-8p. 133
The Foreigners as God's People 2:9-10p. 139
Summary 1:3-2:10p. 143
Freedom and Obedience: Foreigners in the Society 2:11-5:11p. 144
Exhortation and Comfort 2:11-4:11p. 145
Living as Foreigners 2:11-12p. 145
New Way of Life within the Society 2:13-4:6p. 150
Exhortation to Love One Another 4:7-11p. 216
Comfort and Exhortation 4:12-5:11p. 222
Suffering as Fellowship with Christ 4:12-19p. 222
Leadership and Service within the Community 5:1-5p. 230
Final Exhortation and Comfort 5:6-11p. 243
Letter Closing 5:12-14p. 252
Hopep. 65
"Imperishable, Undefiled, Unfading"-The Reception and Transformation of Metaphysical Attributes of God in 1 Peterp. 73
Temptation/[characters not reproducible]p. 81
The Soul and Salvation of the Soul in 1 Peterp. 87
The Desiresp. 102
God as Judgep. 108
Rebirthp. 127
The Context of the Exhortation to Subordinationp. 152
Subject and Responsible Citizenp. 189
"Humility"/[characters not reproducible]p. 239
Devil/Satanp. 246
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 295
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