Constructing Ethnic Identity in 1 Peter: Who You Are No Longer

Book cover of Constructing Ethnic Identity in 1 Peter: Who You Are No Longer

In her book Constructing Ethnic Identity in 1 Peter: Who You Are No Longer, Janette H. Ok argues that 1 Peter characterizes Christian identity as an ethnic identity, as it holds the potential to engender a powerful sense of solidarity for readers who are experiencing social alienation as a result of their conversion. The epistle describes and delineates a communal identity based on Jewish traditions, and in response to the hostility its largely Gentile Anatolian addressees are experiencing as religious minorities in the Roman empire. In order to help construct a collective understanding of what it means to be a Christian in contrast to non-Christians, Ok argues that the author of the epistle employs “ethnic reasoning” or logic.

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