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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- Study of the structure of 1 Peter
- Discussion of New Testament pseudepigraphy
- Examination of the authorship of 1 Peter
- Title: Christ’s Proclamation to the Spirits: A Study of 1 Peter 3:18–4:6
- Author: William Joseph Dalton
- Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
- Publication Date: 1989
- Pages: 276
About William Joseph Dalton
William Joseph Dalton has taught Scripture in Australia and in many other lands, returning as Professor to the Pontifical Biblical Institute and continuing as Director of that institute’s branch in Jerusalem. He has been visiting professor on four occasions in the U.S.A. In 1985 he was invited to participate in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops as theologian. He has published a number of books and articles, mainly in the area of 1 Peter and Pauline studies.