Identity and Dialogue in 1 Peter

Most of my publications are in English, though my mother tongue is Norwegian. I have to take into consideration, however, that there are not that many Philo scholars or students of the New Testament that can read and understand the beautiful language of Norway. And I can do nothing about it! ..

My last publiation, however, is in Norwegian, as it is part of a festschrift honoring two of my colleagues at my former institution, Volda College; Jan Ove Ulstein and Per Magne Aadnanes. I am glad to be able to present a small study in this volume, together with 15 other contributors:

Torrey Seland,  ‘Identitet og dialog i 1 Peters brev,’ Birger Løvlie, Ralph Meier, & Arne Redse (eds), Danning, Identitet og Dialog. Festskrift til Jan Ove Ulstein og Per Magne Aadnanes(Trondheim, Tapir akademisk forlag, 2009), pp. 173-181.

The main thesis in this study of mine is that the author describes the identity of his readers as closely associated with their role in their social world as a minority group; they are not to withdraw from the society at large, but to be in dialogue with it on various levels and in various ways.  As such I try to relate it to a Norwegian debate about the role of religion in public schools and the role of Christians at the world at large.

Peter in Rome

Walter de Gruyter Publisher announces a new volume to be published on Peter in Rome:

Otto Zwierlein,
Petrus in Rom: Die literarischen Zeugnisse
Mit einer kritischen Edition der Martyrien des Petrus und Paulus auf neuer handschriftlicher Grundlage
Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte 96
2009. 23 x 15.5 cm. XIV, 482 pages. 10 fig. Hardcover. Euro [D] 98.00 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 137.00. ISBN 978-3-11-020808-5

About this Title
The present volume undertakes a systematic study of the ancient texts testifying to St Peter’s time in Rome. It evaluates inter alia texts by Early Christian Church teachers (Justin Martyr, Dionys of Corinth, Irenaeus of Lyons), the letters by Ignatius of Antioch – classified as unauthentic – and the legends surrounding the Apostle recounting Peter’s encounter with Simon Magus and Nero’s persecution of the Christians. The analysis includes a detailed examination of the dating of the First Epistle of Clement and the late New Testament writings. The analyses are complemented by a critical edition (with commentary) of the martyrdom accounts using new manuscript sources. (excerpted from their website)

Intro to 1 Peter

Several new book reviews are published today again on; I will not comment on all of them, just direct your attention to a brief introductory book on one of my favorite NT works,- 1 Peter:
David G. Horrell,
1 Peter.
Series: New Testament Guides
New York: T&T Clark, 2008 pp. vii + 126. $19.95

The volume is reviewed by Peter H. Davids, and he provides a very favourable review.