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Strangers to Family : Diaspora and 1 Peter's Invention of God's Household (Hardcover) (Shively T. J.
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&P&In &I&Strangers to Family&/I& Shively Smith reads the Letter of 1 Peter through a new model of diaspora. Smith illuminates this peculiarly Petrine understanding of diaspora by situating it among three other select perspectives from extant Hellenist Jewish writings: the Daniel court tales, the Letter of Aristeas, and Philo’s works. While 1 Peter tends to be taken as representative of how diaspora was understood in Hellenistic Jewish and early Christian circles, Smith demonstrates that 1 Peter actually reverses the most fundamental meaning of diaspora as conceived by its literary peers. Instead of connoting the scattering of a people with a common territorial origin, for 1 Peter, diaspora constitutes an "already-scattered-people" who share a common, communal, celestial destination. Smith’s discovery of a distinctive instantiation of diaspora in 1 Peter capitalizes on her careful comparative historical, literary, and theological analysis of diaspora constructions found in Hellenistic Jewish writings. Her reading of 1 Peter thus challenges the use of the exile and wandering as master concepts to read 1 Peter, reconsiders the conceptual significance of diaspora in 1 Peter and in the entire New Testament canon, and liberates 1 Peter from being interpreted solely through the rubrics of either the stranger-homelessness model or household codes. First Peter does not recycle standard diasporic identity, but is, as &I&Strangers to Family&/I& demonstrates, an epistle that represents the earliest Christian construction of diaspora as a way of life.&/P&
Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History
Publisher: Baylor Univ Pr
Author: Shively T. J. Smith
Street Date: October 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-1447
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