Christological and Rhetorical Properties of 1 Peter

Author: Pearson, Sharon
Year:2001
Pages:304
ISBN:0-7734-7632-6
978-0-7734-7632-5
Price:249.95
The hallmark of the composition of 1 Peter is the careful weaving of many types of source material into a tapestry of reassurance. The Christological testimony of 1 Peter is advanced primarily by the use of traditional deposits which have been selected, correlated and arranged by a sufferings/glories pattern derived from the Servant Song of Isaiah 53. They are best seen as a connected series, illumined by the Old Testament background and set in place as hymn-like sections which inspire the obedience and faithful witness required by the parenetic sections which follow. Exodus imagery, viewed through the prism of Deutero-Isaiah’s adaptation of it in Isaiah 53-54, is reapplied in the exhortations of 1 Peter. Further collection of evidence reveals the 1 Peter’s use of Deutero-Isaiah goes well beyond what has been recognized up to now.

Reviews

"this major thematic study skillfully moves beyond the debate regarding the sources for 1 Peter and their reconstructions. Dr. Pearson, recognizing that the author utilizes traditional material that is redacted in view of Isaiah 53, effectively argues that a pattern of sufferings and subsequent glories thus emerges throughout the letter’s Christology. . . . In an invaluable contribution to the discussion of the Christological and rhetorical properties of 1 Peter." - Barth L. Campbell

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
1. Introduction: Identification of Hymns; Hymnic Patter in 1 Peter
2. The Composition of 1 Peter: Five approaches to the Composition of 1 Peter Epistle; Baptismal Address; Baptismal Liturgy; Apologetic Tract; Extended Scripture Exposition Homiletic Midrash; Critique of Theories of Composition; Destiny of the Chosen Motif; Centrality of Isaiah 53 in 1 Peter
3. 1 Peter 1:3-12
4. 1 Peter 1:18-22
5. 1 Peter 2:21-25
6. 1 Peter 3:18-22 (Literary Analysis; Jewish Sources)
7. The Correlation of the Christological Deposits
8. General Conclusions

Appendices: Stauffer’s 12 criteria of creedal formula in the New Testament; Shimada’s compilation of liturgical/creedal criteria of formulary material; Martin’s fourfold classification of New Testament hymns; Introductory questions and Deutero-Isaiah as the source of metaphors in 1 Peter; Theme of humiliation/vindication in Deutero-Isaiah
Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index