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Title: Comparison of Humans to Animals in 2 Peter 2,10b-22
Author(s): CALLAN, Terrance
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 90    Issue: 1   Date: 2009   
Pages: 101-113
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.90.1.3188897

Abstract :
A striking feature of 2 Peter 2,10b-22 is the author’s multiple references to similarities and differences between humans and animals. This essay illuminates this aspect of 2 Peter 2,10b-22 by investigating comparison of humans to animals by writers older than, and (roughly) contemporary with, 2 Peter. Comparison of humans to animals is very common in the ancient world. Such comparison can be neutral, positive, or negative. 2 Peter’s comparison of humans with animals is of this last kind. Although 2 Peter’s negative comparison of humans to animals is generally similar to comparisons made by others, the specific ways 2 Peter compares them are unique.

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