Lectionary Year A
April 18, 1999
1 Peter 1:17-23
Step III: Immediate Context
(JFC) A. IMMEDIATE CONTEXT
The first 16 verses of chapter 1 read like a theme setting prologue. They
set the stage for
and enumerate the bases for ethical advice and consent expected to emerge
throughout the letter. Other paragraphs do elucidate the readers' identity
as the author(s) appreciate them. More mental, spiritual and physical
practices will be recommended as the letter further addresses its topics.
"The living and abiding word of God" generates the believers' pursuing a
(JFC) B. COMPOSITIONAL WHOLE
This pericope begins a paragraph after one that starts, "Therefore." It
has been preceeded by identification of the recipients of the epistle.
Following this selection, we find imperatives, urgings and strong
suggestions. The author gets right ethical and moral and religious with
the addressees. He or she moves from mindsets toward behavior patterns and
strategies as the letter progresses.
(JFC) C. ISSUES OF AUTHORSHIP
The initial greeting says it comes from "Peter an apostle of Jesus Christ"
(1:1). In 5:12,
Silvanus seems to be at least a scribe if not a co-author or even a
messenger who might deliver the epistle. Scholars doubt if it originated
in the first century. Its vocabulary is entirely too sophisticated to have
come from the hand of a simple Galilean fisherman, some commentator
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