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The First Epistle of Peter constitutes an important work of New Testament theology and pastoral care, serves as an example of how the early church applied Jesus’ sayings and the Old Testament writings to contemporary concerns, and presents some extremely useful perspectives on living the Christian life today. This commentary by Peter Davids does an excellent job of mining the rich wealth of instruction to be found in this very significant section of Scripture.
Davids’ commentary contains several notable features: a unique grasp of 1 Peter’s structure, a systematically arranged introduction that summarizes the commentary proper, a perceptive excursus on suffering in 1 Peter and the New Testament, Davids’ own study translation, thorough and incisive comments on each verse of the text, frequent parallels to ancient literature, an exceptionally clear and lively writing style, and one of the most comprehensive bibliographies on 1 Peter available anywhere.
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- Verse-by-verse commentary
- In-depth discussion of textual and critical matters
- Introduction to the authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology of 1 Peter
Praise for the Print Edition
Davids’ commentary is well researched, conversationally written, and exegetically helpful. It is particularly perceptive in its treatment of ‘the spirits in prison’ (3:19), the preaching to those who have died (4:6), and the role of Silas as Peter’s secretary (5:12). Especially useful for seminary students and intelligent laity, this book is a worthy addition to a distinguished series.
—E. Earle Ellis, research professor of theology emeritus, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
A comprehensive, up-to-date, and well-balanced presentation. This commentary adopts a moderate but enlightened approach to the interpretation of 1 Peter and will be a boon to all students of the New Testament, to teachers, and to pastors.
—Joseph A. Fitzmyer, professor emeritus of biblical studies, Catholic University of America
Not often will a biblical commentary offer both scholarly discussion and easy accessibility for nonspecialists, but Peter Davids on 1 Peter does just that. Scholars will profit much from his commentary. Pastors and serious-minded laypeople will profit equally much.
—Robert H. Gundry, professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek, Westmont College
- Title: The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The First Epistle of Peter
- Author: Peter H. Davids
- Series: The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 1990
- Pages: 288
About Peter H. Davids
Peter H. Davids is a professor of biblical theology at St. Stephen’s University in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He is also the co-editor of Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments.