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Preterism and 2 Peter 3

As a follow-up to his Reformed Academy course, Exploring 2 Peter: The Promise and the Path, Dan Ragusa joins Camden Bucey and Ryan Noha to discuss preterist views of 2 Peter 3 concerning the promise of new heavens and a new earth. After establishing the future orientation of the epistle, Dan provides a sketch of the history of preterist interpretations beginning with John Owen’s “Oriental” reading, noting the influence of Joseph Mede in the context of seventeenth-century Puritanism. He then turns his attention to modern-day exegesis of this chapter from leading partial preterists, exemplified by Peter Leithart’s commentary, The Promise of His Appearing: An Exposition of 2 Peter. Dan responds to Leithart’s “knock down arguments” by applying the eschatological pressure of the letter as a whole, all while directing listeners to the consummate, cosmic hope of the eternal kingdom that cannot be reduced to passing of the old covenant order in 70AD.



  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:21 Updates about Reformed Forum
  • 00:09:51 Preterism and 2 Peter 3
  • 00:19:30 Our Blessed Hope
  • 00:22:21 Preterist Interpretations of 2 Peter 3
  • 00:31:22 Joseph Meade, John Owen, and the “Oriental Reading”
  • 00:43:03 John Owen’s Other Interpretation of 2 Peter 3
  • 00:47:46 Peter Leithart’s View
  • 00:56:54 Vos’s Definition of Eschatology
  • 01:07:32 The Imminent Language about Christ’s Return
  • 01:17:11 Conclusion

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