The Letters of Jude and Second Peter Paperback

Paranoia and the Slaves of Christ

by George Aichele;

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The Letters of Jude and Second Peter

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This book, one of the first in the new series of Phoenix Guides to the New Testament, offers a compact introduction to two of the shortest writings of the New Testament, Jude and 2 Peter. These are among the most intensely disliked books of the Bible, though there are other readers who admire and reverently follow them.

There are very strong similarities between Jude and 2 Peter, and it appears that the letter of Jude was almost entirely ‘plagiarized’ by the letter of Second Peter. In both of them Jesus Christ is called the ‘master’, with a Greek word that means ‘slave-owner’, and the authors of both books refer to themselves and other Christians as the slaves of Christ. Furthermore, both writings report situations of paranoid fear within Christian communities of their time as they picture heretical infiltrators who threaten to pervert and perhaps even destroy the community.

This Guide surveys the more important historical, socio-cultural, theological, and literary factors we must grapple with in understanding these two letters. George Aichele‘s main approach is the method of semiotics, examining signifying mechanisms in each of the texts both independently and when they are read together. In an adventurous excursion, the letter of Jude is read intertextually with the classic science fiction/horror film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel 1956), in order to explore the dynamics of paranoia.

The Letters of Jude and Second Peter by George Aichele was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in October 2012. The ISBN for The Letters of Jude and Second Peter is 9781907534652.

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1. Critical Issues in Jude and 2 Peter, or What the Martian May Not Know
       Codes and Canon
       Authors, Dates, Locations
       Terminology Matters
       The Good Guys
       The Bad Guys
       Appendix: Some Obscure Language

2. A Paranoid Gospel: Jude and the Abolition of Difference
       You’re Next
       They’re Gonna Get You
       We Know your Little Secret
       UR NXT

3. Taming Paranoia: 2 Peter Rewrites Jude
       Creative Rewriting
       Second Peter’s First Chapter
       Second Peter’s Second Chapter
       Second Peter’s Third Chapter
       What Has 2 Peter Done to Jude?

4. The Christian Body and the Christian Mind
       Organ-izing the Christian Body
       Canon Effect
       Theology and the Gospel
       Reading with Different Assumptions


Details for The Letters of Jude and Second Peter

Page last updated 4th November 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press (October 2012)
Number of Pages112
Thickness5 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4063572
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