Book Details

James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Early Jesus Traditions (edited by Alicia J. Batten, John S. Kloppenborg)
The Library of New Testament Studies
Published: 02-26-2015
ISBN: 9780567103444


This book studies comparisons and possible trajectories between three ‘catholic’ epistles: James, 1 and 2 Peter, and traditions associated with Jesus. It covers a range of approaches, exploring the extent to which these letters ‘allude’ to Jesus’ teachings, how they share similar themes, and how and why the letters recall specific memories of the figure of Jesus as found in the Gospels or in Pauline traditions. Studies have argued that James has alluded to some of the sayings attributed to Jesus, but there is no consensus as to what extent or why. Part A analyzes why James would ‘allude’ to the teachings of Jesus, how he alters these teachings, and what such adaptations suggests about his audience. Part B turns to the Jesus tradition and 1 and 2 Peter. What can 1 Peter’s use of Isaiah 53 tell us about the historical Jesus? How has 1 Peter conflated early Jesus traditions with those of ancient Judaism in order to develop certain ideas? How does 2 Peter allude to Gospel traditions? Moreover, how does the author of 2 Peter use early Jesus traditions as a sort of testimony? The book is important in assisting scholarly thought about source criticism, ancient rhetoric, the influence of Hellenistic, Judean and Roman traditions on early Christianity, and its social history in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Alicia J. Batten and John S. Kloppenborg/Part A: The Letter of James and Jesus Traditions/1. Q and James: A Source-Critical Conundrum – Paul Foster/2. Wholeness in James and the Q Source – Patrick J. Hartin/3. The Audience of James and the Sayings of Jesus – Dale C. Allison, Jr./4. The Urbanization of Jesus Traditions in James – Alicia J. Batten/5. Stoicism, Social Stratification, and the Q Tradition in James: A Suggestion about James’ Audience – David A. Kaden/Part B: First and Second Peter and the Jesus Tradition/1. Jesus Remembered in 1 Peter? Early Jesus Traditions, Isaiah 53, and 1 Pet 2:21-25 – David G. Horrell/2. Early Jesus Tradition in 1 Peter 3:18-22 – Duane F. Watson/3. The Gospels of Matthew and John in the Second Letter of Peter – Terrance Callan/4. The Testimony of Peter: 2 Peter and the Gospel Traditions – Gene L. Green