A Commentary on the Epistles of Peter and Jude by J. N. D. Kelly

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1951). G. Wohlenberg, Der erste und zioeite Petrusbrief und der Judasbrief (Kommentar zum NT. Leipzig-Erlangen, 3rd ed. 1923). 35 THE EPISTLES OF PETER AND OF JUDE STUDIES AND ARTICLES F. W. Beare, 'The Teaching of First Peter' (Anglican Theological Review xxvi, 1944-45). E. Best, 'Spiritual Sacrifice—General Priesthood in the NT1 (Interprelation xiv, 1960). M. E. Boismard, * Une Liturgie baptismale dans la Prima Petri' (Revue Biblique Ixiii, 1956). 'La Typologie baptismale dans la premiere £pitre de s.

Dt. iv. 37; vii. 6; xiv. 2; Ps. cv. 6; Is. xlv. 4). g. Jub. ii. g. iQS viii. 6; xi. 16; iQpHab. x. 13). Actually, however, we have good reasons for believing (see Introduction, pp. ) that the addressees, or the majority of them, are Gentile Christians. Thus in transferring to them the hallowed language appropriate to God's own people the writer is tacitly implying that the Christian Church has succeeded to that privileged role. g. Gal. vi. 16; Phil. iii. 3; Jas. i. i) which goes back to our Lord's interpretation of His person and mission in the light of key-ideas of the OT.

Critics who are impressed by considerations like these, while agreed that i Peter must be pseudonymous, are divided about its probable date. Some place it in the reign of Domitian (81-96), traditionally reckoned a persecutor of Christianity. , being convinced that it reflects the very situation sketched by Pliny the Younger when, as governor of Bithynia-Pontus, he wrote to Trajan in no for advice about how to deal with Christians. (i) DATE. The arguments favouring a late date differ greatly in value.

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