This book is a different kind of commentary. Rather than being the work of one or two individual scholars, it is the result of the collaboration of twenty-one contributors, and others who assisted at all stages of production. The first letter of Peter itself appears to be the product of collaboration of early Christian leaders who sought to encourage those who were suffering for the name of Christ. Christians in today's world are faced with the same challenge, and we trust that this collaborative commentary will encourage them as they seek to follow in the steps of Christ. ""Peter Rodgers, from a lifetime of combining scholarly study with pastoral ministry, here leads a team of younger scholars to produce a sparkling commentary on First Peter, putting it where it belongs at the heart of early Christianity and opening windows on many vital issues of interpretation and application. This book, like its subject, is a gem to be treasured."" --N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, Scotland ""While biblical exegesis is often carried out individually, the necessity to critique, confirm, and extend the insights of others makes it a collaborative process. 1 Peter: A Collaborative Commentary takes this cooperative venture to another level. By integrating distinct interpretive voices into a substantive analysis of 1 Peter, this commentary serves as a model of reflective scholarly dialogue."" --Travis B. Williams, Associate Professor of Religion, Tusculum College ""The beauty of this commentary on 1 Peter is the diversity of collaborators, opinions, and approaches reflected therein. In spite of the diversity, the writing flows seamlessly. By balancing academic rigor with accessible prose, it provides a wonderful teaching resource for theological education and is a welcome addition to the growing oeuvre of Petrine studies."" --Andrew M. Mbuvi, author of Temple, Exile and Identity in 1 Peter and Jude and 2 Peter Peter R. Rodgers is the Vicar of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Antelope, California, and the Director of the Center for Bible Study. He taught New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, Sacramento Campus. He is the author of Text and Story (Pickwick, 2011) and Exploring the Old Testament in the New (Resource Publications, 2012).