The commentaries on Peter and Jude underscore the light that these letters shed upon one another and focuses on the snapshots they provide of early Christian communities as they encountered the social and religious environment in which they were situated. Careful reading of 1 Peter reveals the complex world of the post-apostolic period. Jude and 2 Peter provide a sober look at the early community's evolution in doctrinal and moral terms. This volume discusses the social relations Christians are to have with outsiders, about the Christian challenge of living in a non-Christian environment, and about the Christian community’s growing pains as they increased in membership and complexity.
Earl J. Richard is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Loyola University in New Orleans. He holds graduate degrees in theological and biblical studies from the University of Ottawa, Johns Hopkins University, and the Catholic University of America. He is the author of many books in the area of biblical studies, past president of the Society of Biblical Literature (southeast region), and a member of the Catholic Biblical Association.