Item description for 1 Peter: A Commentary on First Peter (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) by Paul J. Achtemeier, Eldon Jay Epp & Eldon Jay...
Overview One of the general or catholic epistles near the end of the New Testament, this letter traditionally attributed to the apostle Peter contains important ideas and reveals a fascinating relationship to the surrounding literary world. The book shows what problems Christians faced at the time the epistle was written and how the author addressed them. The commentary discusses the Greek original, with translation, verse by verse.
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.56" Width: 8.56" Height: 1.47" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1996
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800660307 ISBN13 9780800660307
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More About Paul J. Achtemeier, Eldon Jay Epp & Eldon Jay
Paul J. Achtemeier (1927-2013) was Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He served as the president of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association. He authored a number of books, including 1 Peter (Hermeneia) and, with Elizabeth Achtemeier, The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith, and was the general editor for the Harper Bible Dictionary.
Paul J. Achtemeier currently resides in the state of Virginia.
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The best commentary on 1 Peter available Sep 20, 2007
Dr. Achtemeier has compiled the best commentary on 1 Peter by a pretty fair margin. I agree that the price is on the high end but, considering what you're getting, it is well worth the price.
It appears to be out of print right now (September, 2007). I contacted the publisher and they informed me that there are some errors in this printing that are being corrected in a new printing and that it will be back on the market by Thanksgiving.
Again, well worth the money and the wait. (I am not impressed with the profiteers trying to capitalize on the lack of supply. $233.75 for a $50.00 book is nothing short of outrageous).
When it does become available in the new, corrected printing, by all means get a copy of this commentary. You will not be disappointed.
This is now the best overall commentary on 1 Peter May 2, 2000
For those who care, I am an evangelical pastor (and Ph.D. candidate) currently preaching through 1 Peter in the church I serve. I am using several commentaries, but this is the best overall. That should not be surprising since Acht. is able to build on many worthy predecessors, most notably Michaels (in the Word series), Goppelt and Kelly. Acht. is able to take full advantage of other works, and even many more recent studies in 1 Peter that have appeared since then. Being the latest work, by default, it is the most up to date and the most inclusive of previous works. Beyond its newness, why is the the best? 1) Acht. has very good exegetical and theological sensibilities. He does not get carried away with all the subtleties of the Greek (and Michaels is prone to do), and never loses sight of the overall picture (Evangelicals will disagree with some of his stances--notably his rigid egalitarianism), 2)As for usefulness, the format is a preacher's dream. All the scholarly information is placed in footnotes (don't forget to check these!), so the text reads clearly and quickly. I found this work much more useful in sermon preperation than Michaels work (in which all the references and scholarly notes are placed in the text!). My one complaint is the price of the Hermenia volumes. They are excellent hard cover books, but a tad more than most individuals (let alone pastors) want to pay for one commentary (considering there are 65 other books in the Bible). I would recommend that Hermenia put it out in a smaller, soft-cover edition and reduce the price to about 25$. This commentary deserves wide usage in our churches, and its current price probably causes many pastors to opt for the less expensive (and less good) works by Michaels or Davids. If they reduce the price, I would give it 5 instead of only 4 stars.