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The Teaching of Good Works in I Peter

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Dr Reicke has an interesting foot note in which he observes that Peter's conception is totally different from what the Jews called maʿasim tobim, "good works", and that "one must therefore be careful in saying that there has been a relapse into the righteousness of good works of Judaism, e.g. in the Pastoral and General Epistles". This observation reveals that there is something peculiar about the "good works" in I Peter, but since Reicke's book was concerned with another problem, it just remained an obiter dictum which does not prevent, but calls for further investigation. In the Christian conception of "good works" they are deeds of humiliation, of the right Christi an attitude measured by the standards of the Church, not only concerned with the poor, and are means to do away with post-baptismal sins in order to have the right relation with God.

Keywords: baptism; Christian conception; Church; I Peter; Judaism



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