Vol 2, No 3 (2006) Reading the Readers Ideologically: Prolegomena to a Study of 1 Peter

READING THE READERS IDEOLOGICALLY: PROLEGOMENA TO A STUDY OF 1 PETER

Jennifer Bird

ABSTRACT

Biblical scholars write with varying degrees of self-disclosure, and the certainty or universality of the interpretations they produce seems to be inversely proportional to the amount of information they share regarding their own social location and its impact on their interpretations. In this paper I will analyse the interpretations of three different commentators of 1 Peter (John Elliott; Charles Talbert; Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza) paying close attention to how their ideologies impact their re-presentations of the Roman Empire in particular, and their assessment of the influence the Imperial presence had on the content of the letter.

KEYWORDS

1 Peter; ideology

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