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Title: The Style of the Second Letter of Peter
Author(s): CALLAN, Terrance
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 84    Issue: 2   Date: 2003   
Pages: 202-224
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.84.2.3194467

Abstract :
Readers of the Second Letter of Peter have often commented on its style, usually in negative terms. This essay examines the style of 2 Pet more thoroughly than has been done heretofore, using Cicero’s discussion of style, and that of other ancient writers, as a framework. This examination shows that 2 Pet largely conforms to ancient canons of style and should be seen as an example of the grand Asian style. Recognition of this may help readers avoid unthinking assessment of 2 Pet’s style by standards not accepted by its author, and develop greater appreciation of its style in terms of its author’s own aims and standards.

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