Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering

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BRILL, Nov 1, 2012 - Religion - 483 pages
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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Contents

Chapter One Introductory Matters
3
Chapter Two Social Conflict in SocialPsychological Perspective
35
Section One A Social Profile of the Addressees of 1 Peter
61
Chapter Three The Geographical Setting of 1 Peter
63
Chapter Four The Addressees of 1 Peter
91
Section Two Contextualizing the Conflict in 1 Peter
129
Chapter Five Conflict Management in Roman Anatolia
131
Chapter Six The Legal Status of Christians in the Roman World
179
Conclusion
327
Appendices
337
Appendix One Suffering and the Unity of 1 Peter
339
Appendix Two Roman Annexation of Asia Minor
351
Appendix Three Cities of FirstCentury CE Anatolia
363
Appendix Four Ancient Economics in Recent Discussion
375
Bibliography
387
Index of Modern Authors
447

Section Three The Nature of Conflict in 1 Peter
237
Chapter Seven The Causes of Conflict in 1 Peter
239
Chapter Eight The Forms of Conflict in 1 Peter
299

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Travis B. Williams, Ph.D. (2011), University of Exeter, is Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Tusculum College.

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