The Argument and Theology in 1 Peter: The Origins of Christian Paraenesis  -     By: Lauri Thuren
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The Argument and Theology in 1 Peter: The Origins of Christian Paraenesis

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This book attempts to explain how the paraenesis is motivated in 1 Peter. An ideological analysis of this rhetorical text will be executed with a specific technique. By identifying the motivating expressions, and analysing their function in their argumentative context, and by comparting the roles which different themes play in the structures of argumentation in the whole Letter, I seek to reconstruct an ideological structure beyond the text and its particular situation, and thereby reach a sound and cogent picture of the author's thinking. Such view then provides us with a basis for wider inferences about the nature of the Early Christian paraenesis and ethics. Hardcover, 251 pages.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN: 1850755469
ISBN-13: 9781850755463

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Using both ancient and modern rhetoric, linguistics, and argumentation theory, this study offers a fresh approach to 1 Peter and New Testament ethics. It is often claimed that the growing interest in paraenesis, or ethical teaching, among early Christians indicates how Jesus' revolutionary teaching and the Pauline notion of justification by faith were gradually replaced by an emphasis on good works and ethics borrowed from the surrounding Hellenistic and Jewish culture. The Motivation of the Paraenesis challenges this traditional view of ethics in early Christianity, arguing that paraenesis was an original, essential part of early Christian doctrine and life. The book also provides a new, well-balanced picture of 1 Peter and its message, giving a natural interpretation to many puzzling sections and clarifying the internal logic of the text and the theology behind it.

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