Joyce Wai-Lan Sun
Associate Professor (Biblical Studies)
Carlisle, Cumbria UK, 2016.
“This new study of 1 Peter and the question of what kind of response to their cultural situation the text summons of its original readers rightly emphasizes that the primary basis for that summons is theological. Convictions about God and Christ shape the exhortations. Sun also introduces a helpful nuance into the previous scholarship on this text in her category of “differentiated resistance,” in which believers were urged to engage their setting with critical judgment, accepting what they could, but resisting at any point that which threatened their allegiance to God. Sun also shows that the policy advocated in 1 Peter has continuing relevance for Christians today. I commend this study heartily.”
“Dr Sun has made a distinctive contribution to the understanding of the Christian identity during the first century in her study of 1 Peter. Her argument that the epistle urged Christians as the elected people of God and resident-aliens to employ the strategy of “differentiated resistance” in their social engagement is very convincing.”