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James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Early Jesus Traditions
Kloppenborg, John S. and Alicia J. Batten, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2014 pp. xx + 234. $112.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 478

Description: This book studies comparisons and possible trajectories between three 'catholic' epistles, and traditions associated with Jesus. Part A analyzes why James would recall the teachings of Jesus, how he alters these teachings, and what such adaptation suggests about his audience. Part B turns to the Jesustradition and 1 and 2 Peter. What can 1 Peter's use of Isaiah 53 tell us about the historical Jesus? How has 1 Peter conflated early Jesus traditions with those of ancient Judaism in order to develop certain ideas? How does 2 Peter allude to Gospel traditions? Moreover, how does the author of 2 Peteruse early Jesus traditions as a sort of testimony? The book is an important contribution to scholarship on source criticism, ancient rhetoric, and the influence of Hellenistic, Judean and Roman traditions on early Christianity.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Other History, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology, Other Methods

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Review by Pheme Perkins
Published 5/12/2017
Citation: Pheme Perkins, review of John S. Kloppenborg and Alicia J. Batten, eds., James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Early Jesus Traditions, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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