Dr. Wai-Ka Chan (Ka Sir)

Email: chanwk@abs.edu

Fri 9:00-11:45 am (Spring 2020)

Office 302 (Office hours by appointment)


BS 660 The book of First Peter


I.  Course Descriptions and Objectives


Wherever Christians are a minority, the message of First Peter takes on renewed relevance. Now in the situation of Hong Kong, the apostle’s letter should shed a light as the source of hope and encouragement to Christians in Hong Kong. The social ethos of the first-century Greco-Roman setting of First Peter is undoubtedly substantially different from that of those cultures today founded upon the Judeo-Christian ethic. Nevertheless, the principles upon which Peter offers his original readers consolation, encouragement, and guidance in their specific situation are applicable to all Christians at all times. The transformed understanding of Christian self-identity that redefines how one is to live as a Christian in a world that is hostile to the basic principles of the Gospel is an urgent need in the coming days in Hong Kong.

For the use of Old Testament in First Peter, Peter does not proof-text when cites the OT but applies the context of the passage as it occurs in the Septuagint to his Christian readers in Asia Minor. By interpreting his letter against the context of the passages quoted from the LXX, the exegetical way becomes truer to the historical origin of the letter.

By presenting analysis of the syntax of First Peter based on principles of bilingual interference, this study questions the opted-repeated opinion about the high quality of the Greek of its author. The analysis concludes that the syntax exhibits elements consistent with a Semitic speaking author for whom Greek was a second language.*




This course is designed to enhance the student’s overall examination for the understanding of the Epistle of First Peter. Students who successfully complete this course should


a.                   Be able to grasp the basic understanding of message of First Peter.

b.                  Be able to identify the continuity and discontinuity with regard to earlier traditions and Old Testament.

c.                   Refine the exegetical skills learnt in LA 513, 514, 519.

d.                  Enjoy the cooperative dynamics and relationships in the whole course with the aid of the response group.



II.             Course Texts (Required)

Karen H. Jobes, 1 Peter. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.





Achtemeier, Paul J. 1 Peter. Hemeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.


Bauckham, Richard J. Jude, 2 Peter. Word Biblical Commentary 50. Waco, TX: Word, 1983.


Best Ernest. 1 Peter. New Century Bible. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1971.


Boring, M. Eugene. 1 Peter. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999.


Callan, Terrance and Duane Watson. First and Second Peter. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.


Davids, Peter H. A Theology of James, Peter, and Jude: Biblical Theology of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.


________. The First Epistle of Peter. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.


________. The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.


Elliott, John H. I‒II Peter/Jude. Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1982.


Harink, Douglas. 1 & 2 Peter. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2009.


Hillyer, Norman. 1 and 2 Peter, Jude. New International Biblical Commentary (Volume 16). Peasbody: Hendrickson, 1992.


Jobes, Karen. Letters to the Churches: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.


Kelly, John N. D. Epistles of Peter and Jude. Black’s New Testament Commentary. London: A & C Black, 1969.


Kistemaker, S. J. Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and of the Epistle of Jude. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1987.


Michaels, J. Ramsey. 1 Peter. Waco: Word, 1968.


Reicke, Bo. The Epistles of James, Peter, and Jude. Anchor Bible 37. New York: Doubleday, 1964.


Schreiner, Thomas R. 1, 2 Peter and Jude. New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2003.


Streett, R. Alan. Caesar and the Sacrament: Baptism, a Ritual of Resistance. Eugene: Cascade, 2018.







III. Course Evaluation:

a. Paraphrase of the Greek Text (20%). Students are expected to have finished all the required Greek texts into paraphrase before each class (700 minutes)

b.Papers or Video recording (80%) Students are expected to have one single paper on the topic of First Peter (3000 words) or have a video show on the explanation of the single issue of First Peter (1300 minutes).

c. The course will be graded on the following scale:

A = 94-100;      A- = 90-93;    

B+ = 87-89;      B = 83-86;    B- = 80-82; 

C+ = 77-79;      C =73-76;     C- = 70-72;  

D+ = 67-69;      D = 63-66     D- = 60-62;

F = 59 and below


IV. Course Schedule Date






Lesson 1

3rd April

Introduction and chapter 1a

verse 1-10

Lesson 2

17th April

Chapter 1b

Verse 11-25

Lesson 3

24th April

Chapter 2a

Verse 1-15

Lesson 4

8th May

Chapter 2b  

Verse 16-25

Lesson 5

15th May

Chapter 3

Verse 1-22

Lesson 6

22nd May

Chapter 4

Verse 1-19

Lesson 7 29th May  

Conclusion and Chapter 5

Verse 1-14


V. Helpful Websites

Biblical Studies search - http://www.bsw.org/


VI. Academic Policies

Academic Integrity is an essential and fundamental attitude in the search for and promotion of truth. Thus, no Cheating and Plagiarism is allowed in the whole course, including all the quizzes, tests, and translation and exegetical assignments. A student found to break the standard of academic integrity by cheating or plagiarism will be confronted by the faculty member involved and will be reported to the Academic Dean of ABS. This will result in a “zero” grade for that quiz, test, or paper, which may result in an “F” for the whole course.



*Credit to Karen H. Jobes, 1 Peter. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.