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First and Second Peter

First and Second Peter

by Terrance D. Callan, Duane F. Watson
First and Second Peter

First and Second Peter

by Terrance D. Callan, Duane F. Watson


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In this addition to the well-received Paideia series, New Testament scholars Duane Watson and Terrance Callan examine cultural context and theological meaning in First and Second Peter. Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by

• attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
• showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
• commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
• focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
• making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format

This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Students, pastors, and other readers will appreciate the historical, literary, and theological insight Watson and Callan offer in interpreting First and Second Peter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801032271
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Duane F. Watson (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament studies at Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and is the editor of several books, including Reading Second Peter with New Eyes. Terrance Callan (PhD, Yale University) is the dean of special studies at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has published several books, including The Origins of Christian Faith.

Table of Contents

Preface to First Peter
Preface to Second Peter
Introduction to First Peter
1 Peter 1:1-2:10—Part 1: God's Provision for Salvation, and Christians' Status before God
1 Peter 1:1-2The Letter Prescript: Establishing Authority, Identity, and Goodwill
1 Peter 1:3-12Thanksgiving for God's Gift of Salvation
1 Peter 1:13-21The Call and Motivation to Holiness
1 Peter 1:22-25Born Anew by the Word of God for Mutual Love
1 Peter 2:1-3Growing into Salvation
1 Peter 2:4-10Christ as the Living Stone, and Christians as the Spiritual House and God's People
1 Peter 2:11-4:11—Part 2: Living Honorably among the Gentiles
1 Peter 2:11-12Introduction to the Main Theme
1 Peter 2:13-3:7The Household Code
1 Peter 3:8-12Practicing Mutual Love and Peace with All
1 Peter 3:13-22Doing Good Rather than Evil amid Suffering, after Christ's Example
1 Peter 4:1-6Living in the Spirit and Doing the Will of God
1 Peter 4:7-11The Need for Mutual Responsibility in Light of the End
1 Peter 4:12-5:14—Part 3: Exhortations on Faithful Suffering among Gentiles, and Conclusion
1 Peter 4:12-19Suffering Faithfully among the Gentiles
1 Peter 5:1-11Concluding Exhortations
1 Peter 5:12-14Epistolary Postscript
Introduction to Second Peter
2 Peter 1:1-15—The Letter Opening
2 Peter 1:16-3:13The Letter Body
2 Peter 1:16-2:10aTwo Arguments against Opponents
2 Peter 2:10b-22Critique of Opponents
2 Peter 3:1-13Occasion of the Letter Restated, and Argument against Opponents Resumed
2 Peter 3:14-18—The Letter Closing

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