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1 Peter, 2nd Edition

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In this new edition in the award-winning BECNT series, leading evangelical biblical scholar Karen Jobes offers a substantive commentary on 1 Peter. The first edition, widely regarded as one of the leading commentaries on 1 Peter, has sold over 22,000 copies. The second edition takes recent scholarship into account and has been updated and revised throughout.

Jobes takes a historical-grammatical approach to exegeting 1 Peter and considers the possibility that the original readers of the letter were actual exiles who had known Peter in some other location, probably Rome. She analyzes each discourse unit of the Greek text with a view toward not only what the letter meant in its original setting but how it speaks to readers today.

As with all BECNT volumes, this commentary features an acclaimed, user-friendly design and admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility--making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers.


"Karen Jobes's 1 Peter commentary has long been my go-to. She writes with scholarly depth and pastoral clarity, and her first edition was the most universally useful and comprehensive commentary on my shelf. This second edition only improves on that strength. By adding her own translations and updating the arguments around the use of the LXX/OG, Jobes causes her strength in language and textual histories to shine even brighter. For the casual student or the advanced scholar, this second edition solidifies its place as my top recommendation for a 1 Peter commentary."

Mariam Kovalishyn, associate professor of New Testament, Regent College

"Ever since it first appeared, Karen Jobes's commentary on 1 Peter has been my primary textbook for teaching this letter. This revised edition keeps the best of what she wrote before while also interweaving interaction with the most valuable literature of recent years along with gems of contemporary application. Clearly reasoned and written, Jobes's judicious conclusions merit acceptance at almost every turn. A great resource has become even better."

Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor emeritus of New Testament, Denver Seminary

"Jobes's welcome new edition has much to offer students and scholars of 1 Peter. It retains her clear exegetical analysis and her evaluation of the letter's main theological themes, which made her first edition so comprehensive. This updated text expands on Jobes's distinctive contributions to the study of 1 Peter and includes an additional section on the ways the Greek Jewish Scriptures have shaped the letter. Jobes decisively models how to consider various interpretive issues and viewpoints while also asserting and supporting her own positions."

Janette H. Ok, associate professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Jobes's completely updated commentary presents a well-argued discussion of significant introductory matters. Her careful exegesis and attention to the use of the Old Testament in 1 Peter is noteworthy. I highly recommend this commentary for students and church leaders who are looking for a clear, understandable presentation of 1 Peter in its historical, literary, and theological contexts."

Ruth Anne Reese, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

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  1. Karen H. Jobes
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    Karen H. Jobes

    Karen H. Jobes (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Emerita, at Wheaton College and Graduate School. She is the author of several books, including John through Old Testament...

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