This Is True Grace: The Shaping of Social Behavioural Instructions by Theology in 1 Peter

This Is True Grace: The Shaping of Social Behavioural Instructions by Theology in 1 Peter

by Joyce Wai-Lan Sun

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Overview

How and in what respects are the Petrine social instructions shaped by the theological vision of the author of 1 Peter? This publication investigates the coherence between the social behavioural instructions and the theological teachings found in 1 Peter. Engaging with the Balch-Elliott debate, Dr Joyce Sun argues that the core question should not be whether Christians should separate from, or accommodate to, wider society, but whether their behaviour is consistent with their ultimate allegiance to God. Sun convincingly demonstrates that the social distinctiveness of Christian communities was actively encouraged in the Petrine literature as a form of cultural and spiritual opposition to wider societal norms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783681853
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 12/31/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

JOYCE WAI-LAN SUN is an assistant professor and the librarian at China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. She obtained her PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Edinburgh, UK and is a trained lawyer. She regularly writes on Christian identity and Christian social ethics and has published a number of academic articles.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Chapter 1 - Introduction
1.1 Review of Scholarship
1.1.1 Form-Critical Approach
1.1.2 Social-Scientific Approach
1.2 Approach of This Study
1.3 Plan of This Study
1.4 Working Hypothesis
Chapter 2 - Theological Vision of 1 Peter
2.1 The Christ-Messiah in 1 Peter
2.1.1 The Suffering Christ-Messiah
2.1.2 The Exalted Christ-Messiah
Section Summary
2.2 The Christian Elect Exiles of Diaspora in 1 Peter
2.2.1 The Christian Elect
2.2.2 The Christian Exiles
2.2.3 The Christian Elect Exiles of Diaspora
Section Summary
2.3 Christ-Christians Unity in 1 Peter
2.3.1 The Christ-Christian Spiritual House
2.3.2 The Christian Elect Diaspora Determined by Christ
Section Summary
2.4 Chapter Conclusion
Chapter 3 - Social Behavioural Instructions in 1 Peter
3.1 The Governing Principle (2:11-12)
3.2 Christian Engagement in Civil Life (2:13-17)
Section Summary
3.3 Christian Engagement in Household Life (2:18-3:7)
3.3.1 Exhortations to Slaves (2:18-25)
3.3.2 Exhortations to Wives (3:1-6)
3.3.3 Exhortations to Husbands (3:7)
Section Summary
3.4 Christian Engagement in Daily Social Life (3:9-4:6)
3.4.1 Do Not Return Evil for Evil (3:9-12)
3.4.2 Suffer for the Sake of Righteousness (3:13-22)
3.4.3 Do Not Accomplish the Will of the Gentiles (4:1-6)
Section Summary
3.5 Christian Engagement in Suffering for the Name of Christ (4:12-4:19)
Section Summary
3.6 Chapter Conclusion
Chapter 4 - The Jewish Elect Exiles of Diaspora
4.1 Social Engagement of the Jewish Elect Exiles of Diaspora
4.1.1 Jewish Diaspora Engagement in Civil Life
4.1.2 Jewish Engagement in Household Life
4.1.3 Jewish Engagement in Daily Social Life
Section Summary: Jewish Resonances in 1 Peter
4.2 Diaspora Consciousness of the Jewish Exilic People of God
4.2.1 Diaspora's Longing for Return
4.2.2 Diaspora's Belonging to the Native Country
Section Summary: Jewish Resonances in 1 Peter
4.3 Chapter Conclusion
Chapter 5 - Comparison Text I: Revelation
5.1 Social Behavioural Instructions in Revelation
5.1.1 Purpose of the Revelation Social Behavioural
Instructions
5.1.2 Social Behavioural Instructions of Revelation
Section Summary: Features of Petrine Social Behavioural
Instructions
5.2 Shaping of Social Behavioural Instructions by Theology in Revelation
5.2.1 Messiah-Christ in Revelation
Subsection Summary
5.2.2 Christian Messianic Army in Revelation
Section Summary: Features of the Shaping of Social Behavioural Instructions by Theology in 1 Peter
5.3 Chapter Conclusion
Chapter 6 - Comparison Text II: The Epistle to Diognetus
6.1 Christian Social Engagement Portrayed in the Epistle to Diognetus
6.1.1 Christian Engagement in Civil Life
6.1.2 Christian Engagement in Household Life
6.1.3 Christian Engagement in Daily Social Life
Section Summary: Petrine Resonances in the Epistle to Diognetus
6.2 Shaping of Social Behavioural Instructions by Theology in the Epistle to Diognetus
6.2.1 All-loving God/Christ in the Epistle to Diognetus
6.2.2 Christian Resident-Aliens in the Epistle to Diognetus
Section Summary: Features of the Shaping of Social Behavioural Instructions by Theology in 1 Peter
6.3 Chapter Conclusion
Chapter 7 - Conclusion
Bibliography
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Secondary Literature

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