Argument and Theology in 1 Peter: The Origins of Christian Paraenesis
Argument and Theology in 1 Peter: The Origins of Christian Paraenesis

Argument and Theology in 1 Peter: The Origins of Christian Paraenesis

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Lauri Thurén

Pages 251
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 1995
ISBN-13 9781850755463
Using both ancient and modern rhetoric, linguistics, and argumentation theory, this study offers a fresh approach to 1 Peter and New Testament ethics. It is often claimed that the growing interest in paraenesis, or ethical teaching, among early Christians indicates how Jesus' revolutionary teaching and the Pauline notion of justification by faith were gradually replaced by an emphasis on good works and ethics borrowed from the surrounding Hellenistic and Jewish culture. The Motivation of the Paraenesis challenges this traditional view of ethics in early Christianity, arguing that paraenesis was an original, essential part of early Christian doctrine and life. The book also provides a new, well-balanced picture of 1 Peter and its message, giving a natural interpretation to many puzzling sections and clarifying the internal logic of the text and the theology behind it.

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