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Constructing the economic–historic context of 1 Peter: Exploring a methodology

Fika Janse van Rensburg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a939 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.939 | © 2011 Fika Janse van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Fika Janse van Rensburg, North-West University, South Africa


This article explored a methodology to construct the economic–historic context of the addressees of 1 Peter, which could serve as basis for an economic interpretation of 1 Peter and other New Testament books. After discussing 1 Peter as letter, external sources were used to construct the economic–historic context of the addressees of 1 Peter. This construction was then refined utilising the letter itself, by identifying, categorising and interpreting the economically relevant portions of 1 Peter. Finally, the economic–historic context of the addressees of 1 Peter was concluded and the method summarised.


Ancient Economy; Economic history; economic-historic; 1 Peter


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