“Born Again” in 1 Peter


The Jesus Memoirs

The theme of becoming like a child is (independently?) multiply attested in the Jesus tradition (Mark 10:13-16/Matthew 19:13-15/Luke 18:15-17; Matthew 18:4; John 3:3, 5; Gospel of Thomas 22), though the saying may have been open to different interpretations from the lowly social status of the child, the unconditional faith of the child, or the metaphor of rebirth is applied to personal transformation or a return to a primordial state. It is interesting to note that the language for being “born again” (anagennao) in 1 Peter 1:3 and 1:23, though there is no strong evidence for a literary relationship with any Gospel texts. In these verses, Christians have been initiated by divine mercy and born into a living hope that has its basis in the resurrection of Jesus, in the promised inheritance currently being preserved in heaven, and in the certainty of their divine protection as they keep their faith(fullness) until…

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