Thursday, August 23, 2012

1 Peter Introduction

Here is the introduction to 1 Peter that I wrote for my Ugandan friends:
1 Peter was written to the scattered congregations of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey.) The primary theme is for Christians to “stand fast” and to learn to rejoice in whatever sufferings they are called upon to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. Although some authors question whether Simon Peter, brother of Andrew, was the author of this letter, most scholars believe he wrote this letter from Rome during Nero’s persecutions (after AD 64.) If Peter did not write this letter, it could be dated during any of the subsequent persecutions under Emperor Domitian (AD 81-96) or Trajan (AD 98-117.) Suffering is inevitable for human beings, but our suffering can be graceful and redemptive

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