Becoming Christian: Essays on 1 Peter and the Making of Christian Identity
Becoming Christian: Essays on 1 Peter and the Making of Christian Identity

Becoming Christian: Essays on 1 Peter and the Making of Christian Identity

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by David G. Horrell

Pages 312
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2015
ISBN-13 9780567661463
Becoming Christian examines various facets of the first letter of Peter, in its social and historical setting, in some cases using new social-scientific and postcolonial methods to shed light on the ways in which the letter contributes to the making of Christian identity. The heart of the book, chapters 5-7, examines the contribution of 1 Peter to the construction of Christian identity, the persecution and suffering of Christians in Asia Minor, the significance of the name 'Christian', and the response of the letter to the hostility encountered by Christians in society.

There are no recent books which bring together such a wealth of information and analysis of this crucial early Christian text. Becoming Christian has developed out of Horrell's ongoing research for the International Critical Commentary on 1 Peter. Together these chapters offer a series of significant and original engagements with this letter, and a resource for studies of 1 Peter for some time to come.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Product of a Petrine Circle? A Reassessment of the Origin and Character of 1 Peter.
  • Chapter 2: The Themes of 1 Peter: Insights from the Earliest Manuscripts
  • Chapter 3: Who are 'the Dead' and When was the Gospel Preached to Them? The Interpretation of 1 Peter 4.6.
  • Chapter 4: The socio-economic location of the addressees of 1 Peter.
  • Chapter 5: The "Chosen Race" (1 Pet 2.9): Ethnic Identity and the Making of the tertium genus
  • Chapter 6: The Label Christianos: 1 Pet 4.16 and the Formation of Christian Identity.
  • Chapter 7: Between Conformity and Resistance: Beyond the Balch-Elliott Debate Towards a Postcolonial Reading of 1 Peter.
  • Bibliography Indexes

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