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That the addressees, or the majority of them, are Gentile Christians. Thus in transferring to them the hallowed language appropriate to God's own people the writer is tacitly implying that the Christian Church has succeeded to that privileged role. g. Gal. vi. 16; Phil. iii. 3; Jas. i. i) which goes back to our Lord's interpretation of His person and mission in the light of key-ideas of the OT. The writer embroiders the theme in ii. 9 f. In the present passage 40 i. i ADDRESS AND GREETING the point he wishes to emphasize, in view of his readers' difficult situation, is that as Christians they have no abiding home on earth.

Bigg, The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude (International Critical Commentary. Edinburgh, 1901). A. Charue, Les Epttres catholiques (Paris, 3rd ed. 1951)C. E. B. Cranfield, i and 2 Peter and Jude (Torch Commentary. London, 1960). J. Felten, Die zwei Briefe des HI. Petrus und der Judasbrief (Regensburg, 1929). R. Franco, Cartas de son Pedro (Madrid, 1962). Fn Hauck, Die Brief e des Jakobus, Petrus, Judas und Johannes (Gdt- tingen, 8th ed. 1957). F. J. A. Hort, The First Epistle of St. Peter i.

4, as well as iv. 12-19; v. 6-10, and throughout is the motive prompting all the writer's exhortations, appeals for exemplary conduct, and glowing delineations of Christ's victory over-evil powers and the baptized Christian's share in it. Moreover, the themes in the several parts are exactly the same (it is better to suffer for doing right than the reverse: iii. 17; iv. ; brief tribulation to be succeeded by glory: i. ; v. 10; rejoicing in suffering: i. 6, 8; iv. ); and the same strongly eschatological note is present everywhere (i.

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