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First Peter's Identity Theology and the Community of Faith: A Test-Case in How Social Scientific Criticism Can Assist with Theological Ethics via Biblical Theology | The Evangelical Theological Society

First Peter's Identity Theology and the Community of Faith: A Test-Case in How Social Scientific Criticism Can Assist with Theological Ethics via Biblical Theology

Bibliographic Information: 

Himes, Paul A. "First Peter's Identity Theology and the Community of Faith: A Test-Case in How Social Scientific Criticism Can Assist with Theological Ethics via Biblical Theology." Evangelical Quarterly vol. 89.2 (2018): 115-132.

Description:

Evangelicals recognize that exegesis must ultimately lead towards ethics, or practical Christian living. Unfortunately, too often the roadmap for that process has been neglected, and the link between the two becomes disjointed. This article discusses SSC [Social Scientific Criticism], biblical theology, and ethics in 1 Peter, but attempts to contribute to the discussion by showing how the three interrelate, in that the identity theology of 1 Peter represents a reaction to the social-religious circumstances of its audience. This reaction, in turn, naturally allows the author to transition into ethics for the Christian. By being aware of this interrelation (with biblical theology as the "hinge" between SSC and ethics), the modern Christian can properly apply 1 Peter's theology to their own circumstances and avoid potential abuses.

Publisher: 
Paternoster Periodicals