Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, Volume 2 is the third of three volumes extending Ben Witherington's innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of New Testament books to the latter-Pauline and non-Pauline corpora. By dividing the volumes according to the socioreligious contexts for which they were written, Witherington sheds fresh light on the documents, their provenance, character and importance.
Throughout, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature on these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis that either reinforces or corrects those gleaned from other approaches.
"Bridging the Horizons" sections point to the relevance of the text for believers today, making this volume of special value to pastors and general readers as well as to students and scholars.
"Witherington writes clearly, interacting with other scholarly viewpoints in a fair manner and providing the reader with a thoughtful and theologically rich commentary."
"This commentary format allows Witherington to showcase his greatest strengths as an exegete—his familiarity with ancient rhetoric, his vast knowledge of both Greco-Roman and Jewish backgrounds, and his keen and creative historical imagination."
General Introduction to 1 and 2 Peter
Introduction to 1 Peter
Reading 1 Peter in Its Social Milieu
The Greek Style and Rhetoric of 1 Peter
Greek Style and Asianism
The Structure of 1 Peter
The Peter of the New Testament and Early Christian History
Bibliography for 1 Peter
1 Peter 1:1-2, Epistolary Prescript: Alien Nation
1 Peter 1:3-12, Exordium: Suffering Now, Salvation Later A Closer Look: The Theologizing of Peter
1 Peter 1:13-16, Propositio: You Have a Hope, So Be Holy
1 Peter 1:17-2:10, Argument 1: Live as Redeemed Resident Aliens A Closer Look: Recycled Ideas, Peter's Sermons in Acts and 1 Peter
1 Peter 2:11-3:12, Argument 2: Submission to Authority Figures A Closer Look: Domestic Slavery and First Peter
1 Peter 3:13-4:11, Argument 3: Suffering and Self-Control A Closer Look: Ascending Enoch; Jesus and Falling Spirits
1 Peter 4:12-19, Argument 4: Suffering and Glory
1 Peter 5:1-5, Argument 5: Appeal to the Elders and Younger Ones A Closer Look: Leadership Structures in the Early Church
1 Peter 5:6-11, Peroratio: Between the Mighty Hand of God and the Roaring Satanic Lion A Closer Look: Christians Having the Devil of a Time
1 Peter 5:12-14, Epistolary Postscript: A "Brief" Conclusion
Bridging the Horizons
Introduction to 2 Peter
The Rhetoric of 2 Peter
The Social Location of 2 Peter
Bibliography for 2 Peter
2 Peter 1:1-2, Epistolary Prescript: Inclusive Language
2 Peter 1:3-11, Exordium: Manifesting Virtues, Making Firm One?s Calling, Sharing in the Divine Nature A Closer Look: The Christian Face of Virtue
2 Peter 1:12-21, Lively Testimony from a Dead Apostle
1 Peter 2:1-22, False Teachers Past and Present A Closer Look: How Was 2 Peter Composed? Elementary, My Dear Watson
2 Peter 3:1-13, Last Argument About the Last Things
2 Peter 3.14-18, Peroratio and Concluding Doxology: Forewarned Is Forearmed A Closer Look: Theologizing out of the Apostolic Tradition for the Postapostolic Age
Bridging the Horizons
Final Reflections: Letters and Homilies from the Last Third of the First Century A.D.
Index of Authors
Index of Ancient Sources