Narrative, Calling, and Missional Identity in 1 Peter

Between Promise and Inheritance

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A story well-told and subsequently imbibed by its recipients has the power to shape one’s beliefs, identity, and way of life. So, what happens when a person or community is swept up in such a story? In this study, Shaw draws upon the dual methodologies of Narrative Transportation and Social Identity theories to consider how 1 Peter’s use of Old Testament narratives and καλέω language serves to ‘transport’ it’s recipients into an identity defined as ‘elect sojourners’. Amidst suffering, 1 Peter ‘calls’ the Anatolian believers to a priestly ministry, blessing their antagonists as they await their eternal glory in Christ.

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David M. Shaw, (PhD Exon), is Research Fellow at North-West University—Potchefstroom, South Africa and Sessional Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Perth Bible College—Karrinyup, Western Australia.
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Tables
Abbreviations

1 Introduction
 Framing the Present Study
 1.1 Delimitations: Narrowing the Focus
 1.2 Looking Ahead

2 Mission in Primo-Petrine Literature
 2.1 A Survey of the Literature
 2.2 Summary

3 Methodologies
 Narrative Transportation and Social Identity Theories
 3.1 Narrative Transportation Theory
 3.2 Social Identity Theory
 3.3 First Peter in View of Narrative Transportation and Social Identity Theories

4 The Character of the Calling
 1 Peter 1:13–21
 4.1 Introductory Comments
 4.2 Called by God to Holiness (1 Peter 1:15–16)
 4.3 Called to a New Paternity (1 Peter 1:14, 17–19)
 4.4 Called to a New Hope (1 Peter 1:13, 20–21)
 4.5 Conclusion

5 The Commission of the Calling
 1 Peter 2:4–10
 5.1 Introductory Comments
 5.2 Peter’s Ecclesiological Calling (1 Peter 2:5, 9–10)
 5.3 The Christological Foundation of Peter’s Ecclesial Calling (1 Peter 2:4, 6–8)
 5.4 Conclusion

6 The Consequences of the Calling
 1 Peter 2:18–25
 6.1 Introductory Comments
 6.2 Bondservants as Exemplars in Suffering (1 Peter 2:18–21)
 6.3 Christ: Servant of God & Prototype of Gracious Endurance (1 Peter 2:22–25)
 6.4 Conclusion

7 The Commitment of the Calling
 1 Peter 3:8–17
 7.1 Introductory Comments
 7.2 Blessing as Non-retaliation (1 Pet 3:8–9)
 7.3 Blessing as Seeking Peace (1 Pet 3:10–12)
 7.4 Blessing as Sharing the Hope of One’s Faith (1 Pet 3:13–17)
 7.5 Conclusion

8 The Consummation of the Calling
 1 Peter 5:6–14
 8.1 Introductory Comments
 8.2 Called to Eternal Glory (5:10–11)
 8.3 Firm in the Grace of God within ‘Babylon’ (1 Peter 5:12–14)
 8.4 Exaltation of the Humble (1 Peter 5:6–7)
 8.5 Resisting the True Enemy of the Church (1 Peter 5:8–9)
 8.6 Conclusion

9 Conclusion
 A People Called
Bibliography
Index
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