"Doctrine, then, is the schematic drawing that will allow the reader to organize the vast heterogeneity of the words, images, and stories of the Bible into a readable, coherent whole. It is the rule that guides us toward the proper matching of keys to doors."This statement from the Series Preface encapsulates the goal of the Brazos Theological Commentary series perfectly. While critical methods have yielded untold treasures for the church; but the critical method does not allow the text to be appropriated as the living theological canon of the church in its myriad manifestations. Scripture cannot merely be studied or read, it must be interpreted. This is what the Brazos Series is all about.In this volume theologian Douglas Harink looks at 1&2 Peter through the theological lens of Christians living in empire. 1 Peter1 Peter and as such, he believes there is a rich theology waiting to be taken from the world of Peter's readers and brought thoughtfully in our own.In 2 Peter Harink traces a radically different trajectory as he examines the theological emphases found in the second book that to most modern Protestants are quite foreign. Thus, we find not only challenging theological categories, but also clear challenges to the dominant theological concepts that rule our interpretation of the faith. Indeed, Ernst Kasemann found them so problematic that he called it "perhaps the most dubious writing in the canon." Needless to say, all readers are going to find the commentary challenging not in the ways we live, but in the categorical assumptions we make.As with every commentary in the Brazos Theological Commentary series, this volume will challenge Christians on every level of faith, and indeed, challenge them in their faith and life as integrated realities. Every volume to-date is superb in both theological reflection, and world-class scholarship.
This addition to the well-received Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible offers a theological exegesis of 1 & 2 Peter. This commentary, like each in the series, is designed to serve the church--through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.
"The Brazos Theological Commentary exists to provide an accessible authority so that the preacher's application will be a ready bandage for all the hurts of life. The Brazos Commentary offers just the right level of light to make illuminating the word the joy it was meant to be."--Calvin Miller, author of A Hunger for the Holy and Loving God Up Close
Douglas Harink (PhD, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology) is professor of theology at The King's University College in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry and the author of Paul among the Postliberals.
Doug Harink (PhD, University of St. Michaels College, Toronto School of Theology) is professor of theology at The Kings University College. He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry and the author of Paul among the Postliberals.
The general editor for the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is R. R. Reno (Creighton University). Series editors include Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry); Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia); Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto); Michael Root (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary); and George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto).
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