I have been discussing my thoughts about a future book on the canon of the New Testament for a broad reading audience, a book that explains why we got our 27 books, why other books didn’t get in, who made the decisions, on what grounds, and when. To introduce some of these issues I’ve already discussed two books that claimed to be written by the apostle Peter (but weren’t), the Apocalypse and the Gospel of Peter. Neither of them made it into the NT, obviously, but both were thought by some Christian leaders to be bona fide texts of Scripture.
That may be true for the third example I’ll be giving here (of a book allegedly written by Peter), but in this case it is difficult to know if anyone took it as inspired Scripture. Whether they did or not, it never really had much of a chance to make it in. Even so, it’s a fascinating book whose author almost certainly wanted it to be granted apostolic and canonical authority. It is a letter written by “Peter” to the head of the church in Jerusalem, James, the brother of Jesus.
The New Testament indicates that
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