The first letter of Peter remains a relatively neglected corner of the New Testament—the number of monographs devoted to it is tiny, compared with those on the Gospels and Pauline letters. This book argues that it offers insight into crucial processes in the development of Christian identity. In particular, 1 Peter illustrates with great clarity the complex ways in which Christian identity was forged from Jewish traditions and negotiated in the generally hostile Roman Empire.
Becoming Christian is a collection of essays that discuss the first letter of Peter in its social and historical setting. In some cases, authors use social-scientific and postcolonial methods to shed light on the ways in which the letter contributes to Christian identity formation. Author David G. Horrell also examines the persecution and suffering of Christians in Asia Minor, the significance of the name “Christian,” and the response of the letter to the hostility encountered by Christians in society. These essays offer significant and original engagements with this letter and will remain a resource for studies of 1 Peter for some time to come.
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David C. Sim earned his PhD from Cambridge and is currently professor of New Testament studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of several books, including An Introduction to the Study of Paul and Solidarity and Difference.