If the letters of the apostle Paul were sometimes hard to understand, readers must have found Peter's first epistle as clear as blue sky. The brief book is easy to read, yet it is packed with salty advice, pithy admonitions, and broad vistas of sublime doctrine. It is the distillation of a simple fisherman's lifetime of faith.
In First Peter, Hiebert gives the modern reader a solid study of the most colorful disciple's thoughts. He traces the ways in which Jesus transformed Peter's life to make him a pillar of the early church. Peter learned many hard lessons and developed undaunted courage to meet an unbelieving and persecuting world.
In expositional detail, Hiebert will lead you step by step through this rich portion of practical teaching. The life of faith grows only in proper relationship with God, the church, and a needy but hostile world. Believers stand together as a holy priesthood to bear witness to the salvation found in the sacrifice of God's Lamb and the glory that shines through the fires of suffering.
Hiebert reaches both scholar and layperson with his accurate but understandable application of Greek and the addition of a detailed bibliography for further study. Summing up this letter, he observes, “First Peter is preeminently an epistle of triumphant faith amid suffering.”
About the Author
D. Edmond Hiebert (B.A., John Fletcher College; Th.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) was professor emeritus of New Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. He has written widely on the New Testament, including First and Second Timothy and Titus and Philemon in Everyman's Bible Commentary series and 1&2 Thessalonians and 1 Peter. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children.