Crass Casualty or Purposeful Pain? Psalm 34's Influence on Peter's First Letter

Michael J. Gilmour

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2004

Issue: First Peter (Vol. 24, No 4, Fall, 2004)

Whereas Thomas Hardy's poem "Hap" concludes that human sorrows have no purpose, the author of Psalm 34 finds the kindness of God in the midst of crisis. First Peter uses Psalm 34 in its attempt to convince Christian readers that suffering is purposeful.

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