by Shively T. J. Smith
SBL Press, 2023
Cloth: 978-1-62837-317-2 | eISBN: 978-1-62837-318-9 | Paper: 978-1-62837-316-5
Library of Congress Classification BS2795.52.S645 2023

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Shively T. J. Smith reconsiders what is most distinct, troubling, and potentially thrilling about the often overlooked and dismissed book of 2 Peter. Using the rhetorical strategies of nineteenth-century African American women, including Ida B. Wells, Jarena Lee, Anna Julia Cooper, and others, Smith redefines the use of biblical citations, the language of justice and righteousness, and even the matter of pseudonymity in 2 Peter. She approaches 2 Peter as an instance of Christian cultural rhetoric that forges a particular kind of community identity and behavior. This pioneering study considers how 2 Peter cultivates the kind of human relations and attitudes that speak to the values of moral people seeking justice in the past as well as today.