Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering
In "Persecution in 1 Peter," Travis B. Williams offers a comprehensive and detailed socio-historical investigation into the nature of suffering in 1 Peter. While interpreters commonly portray the conflict situation addressed by the epistle as "unofficial" persecution consisting of discrimination and verbal abuse, Williams demonstrates the inadequacy of this modern consensus by situating the letter against the backdrop of conflict management in first-century CE Asia Minor. Drawing on a wide range of historical evidence and on modern social-psychological perspectives, this work reconstructs the conflict situation of the Anatolian audience and offers important insights regarding the legal culpability of Christians following the Neronian persecution, the roles of local and provincial authorities in the judicial process, and the variegated conflict experiences of different socio-economic groups within the Christian communities.
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Chapter One Introductory Matters
Chapter Two Social Conflict in SocialPsychological Perspective
Section One A Social Profile of the Addressees of 1 Peter
Chapter Three The Geographical Setting of 1 Peter
Chapter Four The Addressees of 1 Peter
Section Two Contextualizing the Conflict in 1 Peter
Chapter Five Conflict Management in Roman Anatolia
Chapter Six The Legal Status of Christians in the Roman World
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