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Authorship of the Epistles of Peter

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It almost seems like a ridiculous question to ask: who is the author of the epistles ascribed to Peter? However, modern Biblical critics have made it almost necessary to show who the author of first and second Peter actually is.[1] Nevertheless, it needs to be mentioned that, until the dawn of modern criticism, scholarly opinion of authorship had been for over a millennium that Peter wrote both epistles. First of all, the epistles, themselves, attribute authorship to Peter, an apostle of Jesus (1Peter 1:1 and 2Peter 1:1), and early attestation that Peter wrote the first epistle ascribed to him comes from second, third and fourth century church fathers such as Irenaeus: Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius. Moreover, the author of first Peter claims to have witnessed the suffering of Jesus (1Peter: 5:1). Therefore, either the author is Peter, the apostle, or the author lied. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Epistles of Peter


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