Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2 Peter Introduction

This is the introduction to 2 Peter I wrote for my Ugandan friends:

2 Peter is written in the form of Peter’s last will and testament and is a passionate defense of orthodox Christian doctrine. This letter is very different from 1 Peter in tone, style, and thematic elements and is generally believed not to have been written by Simon Peter, brother of Andrew. The author could have been a disciple of Peter’s. It was written late in the first or even early in the second century. In defense of Peter’s authorship is its place in the canon and that early church tradition accepted Peter as the author. It is difficult to determine where and to whom the letter was written. Key Learning: When Jesus returns, the world as we have known it is over.

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