1 Peter



The author of this epistle was Simon Peter (1:1), the well-known and loved disciple of Christ, of whom we read in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. Both church history and internal evidence (5:1) within the epistle provide very strong evidence that 1 Peter was written by the apostle of Jesus. Evidently Peter’s words were written down by Silvanus (or Silas), who was a traveling companion of Paul for some time (Acts 15:40) and, here, acted as Peter’s scribe or amanuensis (1 Peter 5:12). That Peter was likely writing with an amanuensis may account for the more complex Greek that some suggest a lowly fisherman could not have written. The use of an amanuensis was not an uncommon feature of either New Testament material or other writings of the first century.

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ByJustus Musinguzi

Promoting the annual reading and study of the whole Bible, and teaching the treasures of God's truth that honors God, is saturated with grace, exalts Christ, and is driven by the gospel.