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Written To Serve: The Use of Scripture in 1 Peter
Sargent, Benjamin

London: Bloomsbury, 2015 pp. x + 225. $120.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 547


Description: The use of Scripture in 1 Peter has been subject to much extensive analysis in the last thirty years. In Written to Serve Benjamin Sargent offers an up to date and comprehensive analysis of how 1 Pet 1.10-12 offers a 'hermeneutic,' providing an insight into how Scripture is interpreted in the letter. Sargent also argues that the relation of 1.10-12 has been misunderstood. Rather than offering a Christological hermeneutic with a focus on the suffering and glories of Christ, Sargent asserts that the primary importance of 1.10-12 is its orientation of the prophetic witness towards the eschatological community as an act of service. Similarly, rather than offering a theological narrative of continuity between Israel and Christian communities, 1.10-12 may be seen to suggest a narrative of profound discontinuity in which the community in the present is elevated above God's people of the past.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, 1 Peter, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches, History of Interpretation

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Review by Abson Joseph
Published 1/5/2017
Citation: Abson Joseph, review of Benjamin Sargent, Written To Serve: The Use of Scripture in 1 Peter, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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