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Good Works in 1 Peter: Negotiating Social Conflict and Christian Identity in the Greco-Roman World Travis B. Williams

Good Works in 1 Peter: Negotiating Social Conflict and Christian Identity in the Greco-Roman World

Travis B. Williams

Published August 1st 2014
ISBN : 9783161532511
Hardcover
425 pages
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Drawing on recent insights from postcolonial theory and social psychology, Travis B. Williams seeks to diagnose the social strategy of good works in 1 Peter by examining how the persistent admonition to do good is intended to be an appropriateMoreDrawing on recent insights from postcolonial theory and social psychology, Travis B. Williams seeks to diagnose the social strategy of good works in 1 Peter by examining how the persistent admonition to do good is intended to be an appropriate response to social conflict. Challenging the modern consensus, which interprets the epistles good works language as an attempt to accommodate Greco-Roman society and thereby to lessen social hostility, the author demonstrates that the exhortation to do good envisages a pattern of conduct which stands opposed to popular values. The Petrine author appropriates terminology that was commonly associated with wealth and social privilege and reinscribes it with a new meaning in order to provide his marginalized readers with an alternative vision of reality, one in which the honor and approval so valued in society is finally available to them. The good works theme thus articulates a competing discourse which challenges dominant social structures and the hegemonic ideology which underlies them.