Christ’s Proclamation to the Spirits is a scholarly work particularly noted for its methodology. This second edition takes into account the great deal of work bearing on the interpretation of 1 Peter 3:18–4:6 since the volume’s initial publication in 1965. This includes modifications to the author’s original interpretation, though a substantial amount has been retained.
The work contains a chapter on the authorship of 1 Peter. This involves a discussion of New Testament pseudepigraphy. This approach has made it feasible to find a link between 1 Peter and Peter the apostle. It clearly emerges that 1 Peter, as a precious witness to the faith of the early church, has its own theology and literary presentation. Within this framework, the difficult texts of 3:19 and 4:6 have to be interpreted.
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“It was Gschwind who seems to have been the first to propose that Christ made his proclamation to the spirits on the occasion of his ascension.” (Page 20)
“On the contrary, πνεῦμα is the normal word found in the New Testament to designate a spirit in the sense of a superhuman being.” (Page 153)
“The writer is interested in the victory of Christ and the subjugation of the spirits as part of the story of the salvation of human beings. The idea of a proclamation aimed at converting the rebellious spirits is far from his mind.” (Pages 48–49)