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The Book of 1 Peter explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the Book of 1 Peter.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary –


30 thoughts on “Read Scripture: 1 Peter

  1. Silvanus didn’t write that letter. 1 Peter 5:12 says “I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silvanus, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother.” Silvanus is the person who delivered the letter, not the person who wrote it. It wasn’t written or commissioned by Peter either. Rome was referred to as Babylon because, in the year 70, the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem like the Babylonians did centuries before. The problem is that Peter died in the year 64. This letter had to have been written at least six years after Peter died. The epistles of Peter are forgeries.

    • “Ehrman also neglects to mention any NT scholars recognizing that 1 Peter is forgery.”

      Ehrman himself is a NT scholar who recognizes that 1 Peter is a forgery.

      “In the case of Sylvanus, I don’t see how it is so crystal clear that he delivered the letter only, unless there is something in the Greek that shows otherwise. ”

      Ehrman argues that people who used secretaries to write their letters for them don’t address them this way. Secretaries were specifically credited as secretaries.

      “Even if it was forgery, which it likely is not, does it really change anything?”

      It would mean that the Bible contains deceit.

      “Is it not the exact same teachings of Peter and Paul.”

      It is the teachings of the forger. We don’t know the degree to which Peter would have agreed with it.

      “It’s still ground breaking and morally pure because it comes from the teachings of Jesus.”

      So even though the author lied about his identity, 1 Peter is still morally pure? You and I have very different ideas of moral purity if you believe that.

    • TMM The Bible does not contain deceit as only Ehrman opposes the scholarship of 1 Peter. I’ve been researching an cannot find anyone else that rejects it. However I find abundant support that Peter did write it.

      What do you consider morally pure. Me, I consider serving the poor, valuing others above yourself, walking in love, and non-violent to be morally pure. All things which the early Christians did.

    • TMM I know that no matter what knowledge you come across, a non-believer will almost never believe. Thus the reason you are in this videos comment section.

      Anyway, disputes all of Ehrmans claims, fairly easily. Much better than I could ever do because I am not highly educated like the author of that website or Ehrman.

  2. These videos really are so remarkable, in their simplicity, and yet their integrity to the word. I finish watching them, nearly every time, feeling newly energized to serve God, to understand his word, to carry out the work God reveals to me and calls me to!

    Thank you.

  3. Very blessed. I have a question though. Notice 1 Peter chapter 2:12. Are you sure this book was written to mostly gentiles? I am looking at other sources as well that say it was written to mainly Jewish believers??

  4. I think the fear of God and holiness are amongst the biggest themes expressed in this (eg: 1Pet 1,13-19; 4,15-18) and the next letter. Thank you for sharing.

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