The Disobedient Spirits and Christian Baptism
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The Disobedient Spirits and Christian Baptism

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Bo Ivar Reicke (1914-1987) was born and schooled in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1933 he matriculated in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Stockholm, transferring, however, in 1935 to the University of Uppsala, where in 1937 he received his degree in the areas of the history of religions and classical Greek and philosophy. From 1938 he continued his studies in the Faculty of Theology of the same university. Graduating in 1941, he became ordained in December of the same year as a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden. He immediately continued with doctoral studies, choosing the exegesis of the Old and New Testaments as his field of research. In May 1946 he presented in print and publicly defended his dissertation, The Disobedient Spirits and Christian Baptism: A Study of 1 Pet. III.19 and Its Context, [Acta Seminarii Neotestamentici Upsaliensis Edenda Curavit A. Fridrichsen, 13] (Lund 1946).
In the official statement to the university, his New Testament teacher, Professor A. Fridrichsen, describes the dissertation as a weighty contribution to the solution of an old exegetical problem and goes on to recommend the author for a position on the Uppsala Faculty. In the following years, Reicke taught New Testament exegesis as assistant professor in his home faculty. In September of 1953 he received the call of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Basel, Switzerland, to fill the chair in New Testament. Moving to Basel with his family, Reicke served there for thirty years until his retirement in 1984. In addition to lecturing around the world and training about forty doctoral students, he was the author of a number of books (see below). Still actively writing and lecturing, Bo Reicke died in Basel in May of 1987.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 The Disobedient Spirits & Christian Baptism A Study of 1 Peter 3:19 and Its Context By Reicke, Bo Copyright©1946 by Reicke, Bo ISBN: 1-59752-099-3 Publication date 2/21/2005 Previously published by Ejnar Munksgaard, 1946
FOREWORD
Bo Ivar Reicke (1914–1987) was born and schooled in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1933 he matriculated in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Stockholm, transferring, however, in 1935 to the University of Uppsala, where in 1937 he received his degree in the areas of the history of religions and classical Greek and philosophy. From 1938 he continued his studies in the Faculty of Theology of the same university. Graduating in 1941, he became ordained in December of the same year as a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden. He immediately continued with doctoral studies, choosing the exegesis of the Old and New Testaments as his field of research. In May 1946 he presented in print and publicly defended his dissertation,The Disobedient Spirits and Christian Baptism: A Study of 1 Pet. III.19 and Its Context, [Acta Seminarii Neotestamentici Upsaliensis Edenda Curavit A. Fridrichsen, 13] (Lund 1946). In the official statement to the university, his New Testament teacher, Professor A. Fridrichsen, describes the dissertation as a weighty contribution to the solution of an old exegetical problem and goes on to recommend the author for a position on the Uppsala Faculty. In the following years, Reicke taught New Testament exegesis as assistant professor in his home faculty. In September of 1953 he received the call of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Basel, Switzerland, to fill the chair in New Testament. Moving to Basel with his family, Reicke served there for thirty years until his retirement in 1984. In addition to lecturing around the world and training about forty doctoral students, he was the author of a number of
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books (see below). Still actively writing and lecturing, Bo Reicke died in Basel in May of 1987. Bo Reicke was aware that he owed his career as a New Testament scholar to the high quality of Scandinavian universities of the first half of the twentieth century. In their Faculties of Arts and Theology, professors who had themselves studied at French and German universities provided exceptional instruction in both ancient and modern languages as well as extensive formation in classical and European history and culture. Many young scholars, trained at these universities, were, like Reicke, called to positions abroad. Already in his dissertation on 1 Pet 3:19, Reicke proved to be a full-fledged member of the guild of New Testament scholars. From the very beginning, he employed methods that would remain characteristic for him. He never wavered from the basic principle that the actual text and its meaning form the primary object of exegesis. Thus words and phrases and sentences within their linguistic contexts were carefully analyzed, compared, and contrasted with parallel texts, scrutinized in the light of the attendant historical circumstances, as these events could best be determined. In Reicke’s publications, the reader will find a number of original and sometimes surprising insights into the growth of the traditions that were later to form the New Testament. Well-versed in intertestamental and patristic literature, and above all firmly convinced that insight into the growth of the New Testament can be gained only in the light of the Old Testament, Reicke exhibited the rare portfolio of expertise as philologist, historian, and biblical theologian.
Among his publications the following should be mentioned:
Diakone, Festfreude und Zelos1952) is one of the most (Uppsala extensive studies of Christian meals of the first to fourth centuries, demonstrating the decisive influences of both Jewish festival and testamentary meals and Greco-Roman meal practice, concluding that the agape and Eucharist were originally the same meal.
Glaube und Leben der Urgemeinde Apg. 1–7(Zürich 1957) andThe Gospel of Lukebear witness to original ideas concerning the (1964)