What was the relationship between the apostle Paul and the Stoic thought of his day? DaSilva interacts with the views of B. Metzger. The study is done by examining simple verbal parallels between Paul and Stoic authors, and continued by examining more extended verbal parallels, conceptual parallels, shared use of topoi and images, shared use of formal elements such as lists of virtues and vices, and natural law.
The aim of this article is to provide some indication of the fruitfulness of exegetical study of one particular text, 1 Peter, for the counselor's task. It wants to motivate the counselor to integrate ever more completely the study of Scripture with pastoral care. The author discusses the Christian's position in this world, suffering, the church as household of God, and the task of elders.