Sharers in Divine Nature
2 Peter 1:4 in Its Hellenistic Context

By James M. Starr
November 2000
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-01871-9
314 Pages
$65.00 Paper Original

This book offers a theological study of an expression unique in biblical literature concerning the purpose of life: "that you might become sharers in divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Following an analysis of the text-immanent features in 2 Peter 1:1-11, the study delineates comparable notions of "sharers in divine nature" in selected writings that were current in the first century and contrasts these with 2 Peter. The comparative material includes the writings of the Old Testament, Josephus, Philo, Plutarch, Stoicism, Pauline Christianity, and other New Testament letters.

Coniectanea Biblica New Testament Series 33

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