Monday, May 20, 2013
Mataios and Agnoia: Using Ephesians 4:17-18 as an Hermeneutical Key for Establishing a Non-Jewish Audience in 1 Peter
[This is one of those extremely nerdy posts. Unless the title excites you, go ahead and skip it]
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
1 Peter 1:14, 18
14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the futile way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,
Notice that Paul and Peter link two key aspects of paganism associated with Gentiles: ignorance and futility. The Greek terms are "agnoia" and "mataios". I think that this linkage helps us to confirm (along with a set of cumulative evidence) that 1 Peter is addressed to Gentiles.
Posted by Peter at 3:03 PM