The Method of the study of First Peter

Exegetical Notes for 1 Peter 3

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Some of the tools I use in the study of First Peter

  1. ATR = Word Pictures in the New Testament (A.T. Robertson).
  2. BAG = Bauer Arndt and Gingrich: A Greek-English Lexicon to the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature.
  3. B&W = Syntax of New Testament Greek (James A. Brooks and Carlton Winbery).
  4. Barclay = The Letters of James and Peter: Daily Study Bible Series (William Barclay).
  5. Bullinger = Figures of Speech Used in the Bible (E.W. Bullinger).
  6. Calvin = Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol. XXII
  7. DNTT = The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (Colin Brown, Gen. Ed.).
  8. Fickett = Peter’s Principles: A Bible Commentary for Laymen (Harold L. Fickett, Jr.).
  9. Grudem = Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, 1 Peter (Wayne Grudem).
  10. Grudem2 = Systematic Theology (Wayne Grudem).
  11. Guthrie = New Testament Introduction (Donald Guthrie).
  12. Expositors = The Expositor’s Greek New Testament: Volume Five (W. Robertson Nicoll, Ed.).
  13. Keener = The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Craig S. Keener).
  14. Leighton = 1 & 2 Peter: The Crossway Classic Commentaries (Robert Leighton).
  15. Lewis = Integrative Theology (Gordon Lewis and Bruce Demarest).
  16. MacArthur = MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 1 Peter (John MacArthur).
  17. Metzger = A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (Bruce M. Metzger).
  18. Michaels = 1 Peter Word Biblical Commentary (J. Ramsey Michaels).
  19. Morgan = The Westminster Pulpit (Volume VIII) (G. Campbell Morgan).
  20. NLEKGNT = New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament.
  21. Schreiner = The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Peter, Jude (Thomas R. Schreiner).
  22. Shedd = Dogmatic Theology (W.G.T. Shedd), 3rd edition.
  23. Kittle = Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (G. Kittle and G. Friedrich, Eds.).
  24. Turnbull = Proclaiming the New Testament: Volume 5 (Ralph Turnbull, Ed.).
  25. Vincent = Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament (Marvin R. Vincent).
  26. Wuest = First Peter in the Greek New Testament (Kenneth S. Wuest).
  27. Plus on line sites that are so helpful in this process. Too many to name.

Three Steps of Exegesis

  1. Do an initial translation of the entire passage.
  2. Do a detailed analysis of the grammar, working verse-by-verse to the end of the passage.
  3. Do a detailed exegesis of the passage by way of a “shot-gun” approach, using all the exegetical tools.

In no particular order:

  1. Work from critical commentaries to practical.
  2. Word studies and cross-references (analogy of the faith).
  3. Applicational analysis – applicational issues arising from the text.
  4. Theological analysis – theological issues arising from the text.

“Blast away” at the passage until I am content with my exegesis, main idea, and outline.

  1. Smooth away all of the wrinkles.
  2. The process is to yield an accurate “statue” as I chisel away the debris.

Without all these helps I would be just preaching without any real content of the message that is set before us in the passage.


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