I am in the midst of talking about works attributed to Peter, the chief disciple, which have come down to us from the early church.  I should be clear, I think each and every one of these writings was “forged.”   I don’t think Peter himself wrote any of them – 1 Peter, 2 Peter, the Gospel of Peter, the Apocalypse of Peter, or any of the other Petrine works that we now have.  Each was written by a different author, but each author claimed to be Peter, Jesus’ right hand man.

The book most widely accepted in the early church as having actually come from Peter is the book we call 1 Peter, from the New Testament.  Yesterday I started talking about what is in it.  Today I follow up on that discussion by explaining its apparent historical context and the approach the pseudonymous author takes in dealing with the problems he (and his ostensible audience) are confronting.

Again, this is taken from my textbook on the NT.



The Context of Persecution

Those recipients who were literally resident aliens would no doubt have been accustomed to feeling ostracized by society at large. These feelings would have been assuaged to some extent once they joined the Christian community. Here they would have found a home for themselves in the “household of God” (4:17). Joining this new family also would have had a downside, however, in the public opposition that the group provoked.

We have seen that the persecution of Christians …

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