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Pseudepigraphy and the Petrine school: Spirit and tradition in 1 and 2 Peter and Jude

Patrick Chatelion Counet
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 2 | a367 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i2.367 | © 2006 Patrick Chatelion Counet | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 September 2006 | Published: 17 September 2006

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Patrick Chatelion Counet, Unversity of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article identifies four “patterns of religion” (E P Sanders) in the pseudepigraphic letters of Peter and Jude in order to support the hypothesis of a “Petrine school” (J H Elliott). The first pattern that connects the letters is a Geisttradition (K Aland), guaranteeing continuity of tradition. The second is the interrelationship between faith and ethics (fides quae and fides qua). The combination of sanctification and eschatology is a third pattern connecting the three documents. Finally, two florilegia can be identified (one from the Old Testament and apocrypha, and one from the chokmatic tradition), suggesting a fourth pattern: a warning against ungodliness and infidelity. The existence of a Petrine group could represent a preliminary stage of subsequent Early Catholicism.


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