By Erland Waltner, J. Daryl Charles
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Since then a host of new commentaries have appeared on these same 105 verses of holy Scripture. However, new challenges have also surfaced, especially from liberation scholars who consider this epistle deficient in making a clear case for the liberation of slaves and of women (Balch, 1981; Corley: 349-360). A significantly different and positive perspective is represented by Mary H. Schertz in her scholarly analysis of "Nonretaliation and the Haustafeln in 1 Peter" (258-286). Why 1 Peter Was Written Read at face value, 1 Peter was written to scattered Christians residing in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey)to the Roman provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
They live as scattered faith communities spread across what came to be called northern Asia Minor. Peter is a Jewish Christian, and some of his addressees may have shared his ethnic background. Yet it is probable that most of them were Gentile Christians, relatively recent converts to Christianity. Ethnically, then, they were mainly Greeks, but legally they were under Roman law. The letter itself indicates that the social status of these believers was difficult. Living in scattered communities, they represented a minority status.
This is justification enough to produce the Believers Church Bible Commentary. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is not bound to any tradition. May this series be an instrument in breaking down walls between Christians in North America and around the world, bringing new joy in obedience through a fuller understanding of the Word. THE EDITORIAL COUNCIL Page 13 1 PETER Erland Waltner Page 15 Preface to 1 Peter First Peter became personally important to me while I was still a seminary student. I was yearning to be both a nonresisting Christian (my Mennonite ethical heritage) and an evangelical believer, taking with full seriousness the whole Bible and especially Christ's saving work on the cross.
1-2 Peter, Jude by Erland Waltner, J. Daryl Charles