1 Peter

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    1 Peter

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    1 Peter - World English Bible (WEB)

    This is an open source version of the bible based on the 1901 ASV (American Standard Version). This document may be freely distributed, there is no copyright on this translation.
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    Hiebert, D. Edmond

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    Following Christ's Example: An Exposition of 1 Peter 2:21-25

    "These verses contain the fullest elaboration of the example of Jesus Christ for believers in the New Testament. The confirmatory 'for,' with which verse 21 begins, establishes the fact that the picture was drawn to undergird the call to the 'household servants'...to submit, as believers in Christ, to suffering for well-doing (vv. 18-20). Peter confirmed the call to submissive suffering by citing the example of Christ (v. 21) and then depicted His exemplary and redemptive sufferings (vv. 22-25)."
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    Hiebert, D. Edmond

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    The Suffering and Triumphant Christ: An Exposition of 1 Peter 3:18-22

    "This paragraph is notoriously obscure and difficult to interpret. Its study readily brings to mind the Petrine comment concerning the Pauline epistles, 'in which are some things hard to understand' (2 Pet. 3:16). The difficulties center in the central part of the paragraph. But it is a matter of gratitude that the commencement of the passage, which declares the aim of Christ's vicarious suffering (1 Pet. 3:18), and the conclusion, which depicts the culmination of His suffering in triumph (v. 22) — matters which are essential to the faith — are clear and unambiguous. The unifying theme of this perplexing paragraph is Christ's undeserved suffering for righteousness."
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    Hiebert, D. Edmond

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    Living in the Light of Christ's Return: An Exposition of 1 Peter 4:7-11

    "The hope of Christ's return is an essential part of the believer's equipment for fruitful Christian living. In this passage Peter discusses aggressive Christian service in the light of the impending end. The anticipation of the Lord's return must have an impact on present Christian conduct. In the face of persecution from without, believers, inspired by their hope of the future, must band together in loving service to each other to the glory of God."
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    Hiebert, D. Edmond

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    Counsel for Christ's Under- Shepherds: An Exposition of 1 Peter 5:1-4

    "In these four verses Peter offers loving counsel to the leaders of the afflicted believers living in five Roman provinces in what is today called Asia Minor. They constitute the first section of the concluding paragraph (5:1-11) of this practical epistle...In these words of counsel to Christian leaders Peter names the recipients of his appeal (v. la), identifies the person making the appeal (v. lb), concisely designates the duty of the elders (v. 2a), underlines the motives that must govern their work (vv. 2b-3), and points to the reward awaiting the faithful undershepherds (v. 4)."
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    Martin, Ralph P.

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    The Composition of I Peter in Recent Study

    "As we approach this subject we are conscious that I Peter is not the only New Testament document which has been examined with a view to discovering a possible liturgical background. ‘A notable trend in recent New Testament study is the increasing interest in the liturgical backgrounds and structures that possibly lie behind the several gospels and epistles.’ So writes Professor Shepherd in his brochure, The Paschal Liturgy and the Apocalypse, (1960)...[T]he application of the principles of Formgeschichte has produced a wealth of material in the way of exposing the underlying forms of Christian hymns, creeds, confessions of faith and catecheses which lie just below the surface of the New Testament records...With this background summarily sketched, we are in a better position to examine the modern views which state the liturgical origin of the New Testament document known as I Peter."
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    Skilton, John H.

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    A Glance at Some Old Problems in First Peter

    "For decades now, after a period of neglect, 1 Peter has been targeted by many commentaries, articles, and special studies. Accompanying this new surge of interest has been a fascination with the celebrated problems of interpretation in 3:19 and its immediate context. With the thought of deriving benefit from some of the recent discussion of these problems and possibly encouraging further consideration of them, several have been chosen for brief review here."
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    Slaughter, James R.

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    The Importance of the Literary Argument for Understanding 1 Peter

    "A survey of the literature dealing with Peter's epistles, including New Testament introductions, commentaries, Bible encyclopedias and handbooks, and even journal articles reveals a serious lack of consideration for the argument that flows through each letter. Much attention, has been given to identifying Peter's sources and the original form of 1 Peter, and to exegeting and expounding the text. But scholars have expended little energy on thoroughly articulating Peter's comprehensive message and demonstrating the immense influence this message has on the various sections of 1 Peter."
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    Thurston, Robert W.

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    Interpreting First Peter

    "The First Epistle of Peter is perhaps one of the most difficult books to interpret of any in the New Testament. Although the epistle is not long, it contains several very puzzling passages...To determine the context we will begin with an overview of the book. This overview will attempt to identify the primary subjects of the book, without regard to the ideas presented about these subjects. Next we will try to determine the relationship between these subjects, and the major points which the author presents regarding them. At this point we will try to construct a very general outline of the book."
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    Tite, Philip L.

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    The Compositional Function of the Petrine Prescript: A Look at 1 Pet 1:1-3

    "First Peter has been referred to as the “exegetical step-child” of NT studies.1 Given the extensive attention devoted to the gospels and the Pauline letters in contrast to the material produced on 1 Peter, John H. Elliott’s observation is unfortunately a fairly accurate one. Even within Petrine studies there have been several nagging issues that have never been adequately addressed or have never emerged into a general consensus. The compositional makeup of 1 Peter is just such an issue...In this brief paper, the prescript of the letter will be studied. It will attempt to ascertain the compositional function of 1:1–2."
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    Warden, Duane

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    Imperial Persecution and the Dating of 1 Peter and Revelation

    "The dating of 1 Peter is tied to questions of authorship. If the apostle Peter is the author, it is generally agreed that hte book must be dated by the late 60s...The concern of this article is with one narrow aspect of the methodology used in dating 1 Peter and Revelation. In the attempt to delineate the social context in which the readers lived, scholars frequently find points of comparison between the persecution setting of the books on the one hand and actions taken by Nero and Domitian to suppress Christianity on the other. The thesis of what follows is that a persecution of Christians by Domitian in Rome, even if such a thing happened, is essentially irrelevant for the dating of either 1 Peter or Revelation."