Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor: The Second Letter of Peter
By: Terrance Callan (author)Paperback
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'Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor' is a socio-rhetorical interpretation of the Second Letter of Peter. Using multiple interpretive perspectives and emphasising the pictorial dimensions of 2 Peter, Terrance Callan shows that the letter makes the following argument: since Jesus Christ has given his followers benefits, including the promise of sharing in divine nature, they need to make a proper return for these benefits by living virtuously; and this in turn will enable them to receive the fulfilment of the promise. The occasion of the letter is that Peter's death is near. He writes so the addressees can remember his teaching after his death. The author expounds this teaching because some people do not await the future fulfilment of Christ's promises and so do not emphasise the need for virtuous living.
Terrance Callan is Professor of Biblical Studies at The Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati. He is the author of several articles on 2 Peter and the commentary on 2 Peter in 'First and Second Peter' (2012). He is also the author of 'Dying and Rising with Christ: The Theology of Paul the Apostle' (2006).
Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation Discourses in 2 Peter Rhetography and Rhetology Text Author Addressees Place and Time of Composition Outline of 2 Peter Section 1: 2 Peter 1:1-15 Letter Opening Unit 1: 2 Peter 1:1-2 Letter Salutation Unit 2: 2 Peter 1:3-11 Theme of Letter: Peter Proposes Honoring the Divine Benefactor by Living Wisely Unit 3: 2 Peter 1:12-15 Occasion of Letter: Making it Possible to Remember Peter's Prophetic Teaching after His Death Section 2: 2 Peter 1:16-2:10a Letter Body, Part 1 Two Arguments that Jesus Will Come Again Unit 1: 2 Peter 1:16-18 First Argument: Jesus' Transfiguration Shows that He Will Come Again Unit 2: 2 Peter 1:19-2:10a Second Argument: The Prophetic Word Shows that Jesus Will Come Again Section 3: 2 Peter 2:10b-22 Letter Body, Part 2 Prophetic Denunciation of the False Teachers Unit 1: 2 Peter 2:10b-17 Prophetic Denunciation of the False Teachers' Moral Failings Unit 2: 2 Peter 2:18-22 Prophetic Analysis of the False Teachers' Destructive Effect on Others Section 4: 2 Peter 3:1-13 Letter Body, Part 3 Restatement of Letter's Purpose and Resumption of Its Argument Unit 1: 2 Peter 3:1-4 Peter's Prophetic Reminder of Beneficial Teaching Unit 2: 2 Peter 3:5-13 Renewed Argument that Jesus Will Come Again Section 5: 2 Peter 3:14-18 Letter Closing Bibliography Author Index Ancient Documents Index
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