Peter wrote that scoffers were saying, "Where is the promise of his coming?" (2 Pet. 3:4), responding that Jesus was coming soon. Did it happen?
The second book of Peter has long troubled biblical scholars and interpreters. Not only is its authorship debated, but it seems to predict that Christ would return soon. This makes many dispensationalists claim that 2 Peter can only be understood in light of modern events. In this study, Peter Leithart offers a preterist reading of the epistle, arguing that it describes first-century events and not the end of the world. At the same time, he maintains orthodoxy, avoiding hyper-preterism, while affirming the epistle's authenticity. Leithart's accessible style and convincing arguments make a valuable addition to the study of the Bible's apocalyptic prophecies.
What People Are Saying:
"Leithart gives a preterist reading of 2 Peter.... Along the way we have all sorts of exegetical insights into the letter; a clear and convincing statement of what is sometimes called moderate preterism; an amusing defence of Petrine authorship; charitable but clear minded refutations of other positions; theological use of chiasm; and a model of how proper use of the Old Testament helps our understanding of the New." -Dr. David Field
"Very good." -Douglas Wilson
AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson
PAGE COUNT: 111 pages
ISBN 10: 1-591280-26-5
PUB. DATE: December 12, 2004