Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter

Ben Witherington III

Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter
Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter

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Pages: 432 pages
Publisher: IVP Academic
Published: 2008
ISBN-10: 0830829334
ISBN-13: 9780830829330

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Phillip J. Long August 3, 2012 4.9 5
Witherington follows Elliot and others who argue that the phrase “strangers and aliens” ought to be taken as a reference to Jewish Christians. This commentary therefore sees the recipients as Hellenized Jews who have accepted Jesus as messiah and now are Christians. Peter is writing to these Jews living in Asia Minor, contra Peter Davids (for example), who cannot understand how 1:14-18 could ever be applied to Jews. The body of the commentary is based on the English text, Greek words appear only in transliteration. As with other commentaries in Witherington’s Socio-Rhetorical series, there are numerous references to Greco-Roman sources, especially with respect to rhetorical categories. These may not be helpful to everyone, but Witherington works very hard to place the letter in a proper rhetorical context. He has several interesting excursuses, entitled “A Closer Look.” For example, his short essay on “Ascending Enoch; Jesus and the Falling Spirits” provides insight into a very difficult problem in 1 Peter 3. [Full Review]

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