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Daily Archives: February 19th, 2010

That’s it for tonight

Well, after my first experiment, I have to say that so far live blogging is fun indeed. I hope its somewhat helpful to all of you. Tomorrow morning we’ll be back with more. Doug will be talking first about the first 3 chapters of 1 Peter, particularly the notion of the church as elect, exiles, […]

Apocalyptic action

Harink makes an all important point in wrapping up. This apocalyptic-transformational Christology and eschatology that animates 2 Peter lends itself, not to any sort of resignation or passivity, but rather to action: “Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of […]

Transfiguration and apocalypse

When 2 Peter’s apocalyptic schema is understood rightly, as the destruction of all that separates creation from God, that purifies and radically transfigures the broken creation, his fixation on the transfiguration of Jesus becomes more clear. The transfiguration is a sort of pre-appearance (my term, not Harink’s) of the final divine apocalypse that transfigures creation […]

What the fiery apocalypse does not mean

2 Peter 3:10 reads as follows in the NRSV: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Most older translations, […]

The day of the Lord is assured because of the transfiguration

2 Peter is attempting to convince its readers that the Day of the Lord is indeed coming. That the reality of Christ’s coming in glory, and the attending transfiguration of the world is indeed real. How does Peter argue for this? With the transfiguration of Christ (1: 16-18). The hope and reality of the final […]

Understanding 2 Peter through Eastern Orthodoxy

In light of the connection between Eastern Orthodox theology and the themes of 2 Peter, Douglas Harink argues that one must understand 2 Peter in light of the Orthodox tradition, not the other way round. The reason for this is that there is not nearly enough information in 2 Peter to get a handle on […]

2 Peter as “early Orthodoxy”

Should 2 Peter be seen as an example of “early catholicism”? According to Harink, maybe not. The themes of participation in the divine nature, the transfiguration of Christ, and a radical apocalyptic transformation of the world are all strikingly characteristic of Eastern Orthodox theology. Thus, perhaps we should see 2 Peter as a form of […]

Hellenism in 2 Peter?

In contrast to Ernst Kasemann’s dismissal of 2 Peter as manifesting a malignant “early catholicism” and an excessive “hellenization”, Harink notes that Richard Bauckham offers a far more erudite and contextual analysis of the letter. According to Bauckham, any such simplistic account of 2 Peter is reductionistic. Rather 2 Peter manifests “a surprising combination of […]

Odd texts in 2 Peter

Harink points out some key — and odd — movements in 2 Peter. It begins with a reference to “sharing in the divine nature” the strongest text on theosis you can find in the New Testament. But by the time you get to chapter 3 you’re in the middle of a massive account of a […]

Ekklesia Project Lectures with Doug Harink: An experiment in live blogging

Tonight my church is hosting our biannual Ekklesia Project regional gathering. Doug will be speaking on the nature and mission of the church as reflected in 1 & 2 Peter, which is also the subject of his recent commentary on those books in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible Series. I’m going to take […]

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