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Map: The Circulation of 1 Peter
Place of Writing
Destination and Readers
Nature and Possible Sources of 1 Peter
New Covenant Rewards (1:4)
"Time and Circumstances" or "Person or Time"? (1:11)
The Dwelling Place of God (2:5)
Election and Reprobation in Scripture (2:8)
Did Christ "Carry Our Sins Up to the Cross"? (2:24)
Appendix--Christ Preaching Through Noah: 1 Peter 3:19-20 in the Light of Dominant Themes in Jewish Literature