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1 Peter
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The earliest interpreters of 1 Peter unanimously understood the letter as originating from the apostle Peter. There are multiple instances in which ancient writers in the late-2nd century and early 3rd century CE attribute a particular word, phrase, or verse to this epistle or, more specifically, to the ascribed author (see Tert. Scorp. 12.2; Clem. Paed. 1.6.44; Cyp. Ep. 6.3). But the first explicit attribution of the letter to the apostle Peter (Peter [Apostle) is found in the writings of Irenae…

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Williams, Travis B., “1 Peter”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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