The First Letter of Peter
A Global Commentary
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1 Peter is a significant letter, seen by many scholars to be an ecumenical bridge and anchor. It is first and foremost about the transformative joy of faith in Jesus Christ.
This commentary offers a close reading of the text from beginning to end, drawing on a multiplicity of voices and engaging in a number of foundational themes for the Christian community according to the apostolic author: hope, holiness, suffering, joy, witness, hospitality, exile, resurrection, leadership. Tackling the themes raised by the epistle including slavery, exile and refugees, patriarchy, hierarchy, oppression, gender justice, and the risk of hospitality, the book engages with these topics not only through commentary, but also through short excursuses which draw the reader more deeply into some of the difficult questions. .
Designed as the official commentary resource for the Lambeth 2020 Conference, and structured around the themes of the conference, the book offers a unique range of perspectives on an oft-overlooked epistle. With contributions from an impressive range of contributors including Paula Gooder, Paul Swarup, Emma Ineson, Craig Keener and Kwok Pui Lan, it will provide an important resource for anyone studying, teaching, or preaching from the letter.
About the Editor and Contributors vii
Foreword by the Most Revd Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury xi
Introduction to the Commentary xv
Introduction to 1 Peter xxiv
1. Called into Hope and Holiness in
Christ (1 Peter 1) 1
2. A Holy People following Christ
(1 Peter 2) 30
3. Resistance and Resilience in Christ
(1 Peter 3) 71
4. Suffering in Christ (1 Peter 4) 110
5. Authority in Christ (1 Peter 5) 139
Bibliography and Further Reading 163
Index of Bible References 167
Index of Names and Subjects 175
"As we focus on the theme 'God's Church for God's World' in Lambeth 2020 it is God's Word that directs and informs the Church how to live in the World. The Global Commentary on 1 Peter is a tapestry of the foundational themes for the Christian Community of a living hope, holiness, witness, suffering, joy, hospitality, exile, leadership, resistance and resilience and the resurrection. The commentary reminds us that the vocation, the call, of all is to holiness and to God. I strongly commend it to God's Church as we engage with God's World." -- The Most Rev. P.K Samantaroy, Bishop of Amritsar and Former Moderator, Church of North India
"The authors of this commentary have produced a volume that is a pleasure to commend. I invite you to join them on a journey that re-orientates us towards persevering hope, a loving holiness and Christ exalting joy." -- The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Sarah Mullally DBE
"These commentaries, reflecting a rich diversity of voices in the Anglican Communion, give us eye-opening, hope-filled and transforming perspectives on Peter. A must-read for parish study groups and individuals for Lent." -- The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town
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