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"She who is in Babylon”: 1 Peter and the Hermeneutics of Empire

Starling, David I. (2014) "She who is in Babylon”: 1 Peter and the Hermeneutics of Empire. In: Reactions to Empire: Sacred Texts in their Socio-political Contexts. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, pp. 110-127,. ISBN 978-3-16-153413-3

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Abstract

In a recent paper on 1 Peter, David Horrell has argued that the long-running “Balch–Elliott debate” regarding the stance the author takes toward the values and ethos of his readers’s pagan social environment needs to be focussed more deliberately on the particularities of the imperial context and the shape that it gave to the power-structures within which the letter’s readers were required to relate to their social environment. In this chapter, I argue that another crucial particularity of the text that needs to be taken into account is the tradition of understanding within the author encourages his readers to interpret that imperial power and their relation to it. With those two considerations in mind, this chapter examines the ways in which the author’s use of OT traditions contributes to the stance that he urges his readers to take toward the imperial dynamics of fear, patronage, and honor that shaped their socio-political context, concluding that both the socially “conformist” and the socially “resistant” dimensions of the letter’s injunctions are expressed in terms of scriptural categories and grounded in scriptural patterns of judgement.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): 1 Peter, hermeneutics, empire
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 13:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2006

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