Lecture 3 – The First Letter of Peter: An Ethic for Resident Aliens Awaiting Their Inheritance

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Lecture 3 – The First Letter of Peter: An Ethic for Resident Aliens Awaiting Their Inheritance
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Lecture 3 – The First Letter of Peter: An Ethic for Resident Aliens Awaiting Their Inheritance
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  1. Recognize

    Those who reside as aliens (“Christians”) in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.

    Jews in exile

    Jewish Christians

    I Pet 2:12 and 4:3 identifies those outside the community as “Gentiles”

    Repeated references to the pagan background of recipients

    Use of the Hebrew Bible in the Christian Church
    Use of the term “people of Israel” is a clarification of the readers

    Aliens because of their commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ has led them to transformed attitudes and behavior that place them on the margins of society (social ostracism).
    the audience of 1 Peter
  2. Recognize-
    Kinds of opposition faced by addressees
    Verbal abuse
    Physical assaults
    Persecution
    aspects of the pastoral problem addressed by 1 Peter
  3. The recipients were being marginalized by their society, alienated in their relationships, and threatened with—if not experiencing—a loss of honor and socioeconomic standing (and possibly worse )
    the overall pastoral strategy in 1 Peter (Sect. 15).
  4. The author encourages a transformed understanding of Christian self-identity that redefines how one is to live as a Christian in a world that is hostile to the basic principles of the gospel. Thus the experience of harassment is endurable and its avoidance disadvantageous (1:6-7; 2:21-25; 3:18-22; 4:1-6, 12-19; 5:8-10).
    the overall pastoral strategy in 1 Peter (Sect. 15).
  5. The author exhorts the readers to engage the world as foreigners and resident aliens, having a healthy respect for the society and culture in which they live while at the same time maintaining an appropriate separation from it. It is as foreigners and resident aliens that Peter’s readers are to abstain from carnal desires that, even though perhaps socially acceptable, war against the soul, while at the same time living good lives among the Gentiles (2:11-20; 3:1-16).
    the overall pastoral strategy in 1 Peter (Sect. 15).
  6. “The more I study it (1Peter), the more alien it seems to the interests and projects of mainstream Christianity” (J. H. Elliott 1998: 179).
    the overall pastoral strategy in 1 Peter (Sect. 15).
  7. Match arguments as either for Petrine authorship of 1 Peter or for pseudonymous authorship (Sect. 16).

    4. Explore the five themes of 1 Peter’s pastoral response and rhetorical strategy (Sect. 18).5. Understand the aspects of Christian formation addressed in 1 Peter (Sect. 19).

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