Central to the discussion of 2 Peter's opponents is the descriptive phrase, “they promise them freedom” ( λॉ॥θॉॡ&iacgr;αॗ α τख़ ॢ ॠαγγॉλλ&oacgr;μॉॗख़॓, 2 Pet 2,19). This phrase is variously interpreted depending upon how the opponents are identified. In the past, certain positions vis-à-vis the opponents in 2 Peter have been overstated, and some data undervalued or overlooked. To more fully account for the evidence, this article proposes modifications to the prevailing opinions with a corresponding reinterpretation of the opponents' promise of freedom.
Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Älteren Kirche – de Gruyter
Published: Nov 1, 2007
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