The Significance of Parallels between 2 Peter and Other Early Christian Literature

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Several early Christian texts lack sufficient information to determine such things as when, where, and to whom they were written. Historians have often attempted to “locate” such texts in history by comparing them to other writings for which date, provenance, audience, and authorship are known. Similarities and differences between them are often introduced to discussions as a basis for historical reconstruction, with varying degrees of success. Gilmour explores this approach to the reconstruction of earliest ...

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Several early Christian texts lack sufficient information to determine such things as when, where, and to whom they were written. Historians have often attempted to “locate” such texts in history by comparing them to other writings for which date, provenance, audience, and authorship are known. Similarities and differences between them are often introduced to discussions as a basis for historical reconstruction, with varying degrees of success. Gilmour explores this approach to the reconstruction of earliest Christianity, using the pseudonymous 2 Peter as a test case. He develops criteria which help determine if literary parallels are the result of literary dependence, lists possible pitfalls for historical reconstruction based on literary parallels, and considers the possible relationship between 2 Peter and the Pastoral Epistles (1, 2 Timothy, and Titus).

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004127142
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • Publication date: 9/27/2002
  • Series: SBL - Academia Biblica Series, #10
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Michael J. Gilmour, Ph.D. in New Testament (2000), McGill University, is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Location of 2 Peter 15
Ch. 3 Criteria for Determining the Value of Parallels 47
Ch. 4 Analysis of 2 Peter 81
Ch. 5 Evaluation of the Parallels Approach for Locating Texts 123
App. 1 Hints of Homer in Luke 16:19-31? 137
App. 2 How to Approach a Strange Manuscript: A Novel('s) Look at the Historical Task 145
App. 3 What Constitutes a Parallel? 154
App. 4 Factors that Lend Weight to Arguments Claiming that Parallels Are Due to Literary Dependence 155
App. 5 Complications with Source Theories: Factors that Weaken Claims of Literary Dependence, Lead to Mistaken Claims of Literary Dependence, or Obscure Real Dependence 156
App. 6 Conclusions Possible on the Basis of Parallels 157
App. 7 Parallels that are not Reliable for Reaching Conclusions About Dependency 158
App. 8 Richard Hays' Criteria for Determining the Presence of an Intertextual Echo 159
Works Consulted 161
Index of Modern Authors 173
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