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New Existence and Righteous Living: Colossians and 1 Peter in Conversation with 4QInstruction and the Hodayot
Cavin, Robert L.

Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013 pp. xiv + 279. $140.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fŁr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 197
Edited by James D. G. Dunn, Carl R. Holladay, Hermann Lichtenberger, Jens SchrŲter, Gregory E. Sterling, and Michael Wolter


Description: As the first comparative study of Colossians and 1 Peter, the book fills a lacuna by exploring each authorís understanding of the new existence and the means to righteous living. If the epistles end up offering almost identical paraenesis, why do they have such distinctive theological patterns of thought? The conventional starting point in Colossian and 1 Peter studies centers on the recipientsí needs. Much has been learned from these investigations and is kept in view. However, the extent to which each epistleís theology reflects an underlying pattern of ideas within each authorís worldview is less well understood. Setting the authorís views in the context of the literature of early Judaism throws fresh light on his thought-world and understanding of the new existence and moral enablement. Evidence exists which indicates that streams of traditions in Early Judaism Literature, factors other than the recipientsí needs, contribute to the theology within each epistle and may account for distinctive aspects identified between Colossians and 1 Peter. Exploration of 4QInstruction and the Hodayot, texts discovered at Qumran, provides precedents, precursors, and parallels for the distinctive emphases investigated. Thus, they shed new light on each epistle.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Colossians, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, 1 Peter, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Roy R. Jeal
Published 1/22/2015
Citation: Roy R. Jeal, review of Robert L. Cavin, New Existence and Righteous Living: Colossians and 1 Peter in Conversation with 4QInstruction and the Hodayot, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Jonathan M. Potter
Published 6/9/2016
Citation: Jonathan M. Potter, review of Robert L. Cavin, New Existence and Righteous Living: Colossians and 1 Peter in Conversation with 4QInstruction and the Hodayot, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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