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Apocalypse of Peter, The

Second-century Christian document; also known as The Revelation to Peter. Cited as Scripture by Clement of Alexandria and in the Muratorian Fragment, but although nothing in it contradicts the canonical New Testament, it was ultimately excluded for two reasons:

(1) It was written around 135, so Simon Peter (who died c. 66) didn't write it, and New Testament documents had to be connected to an apostolic eyewitness.

(2) It sometimes circulated with a docetic writing known as the Gospel of Peter (Apocalypse of Peter is frequently confused with The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter, a Gnostic text found at Nag Hammadi). See also apostle; canon; Clement of Alexandria; Coptic Apocalypse of Paul; Coptic Apocalypse of Peter; Docetism; Gnosticism; Gospel of Peter; Muratorian Fragment; Nag Hammadi.



Printed with permission from Bethany House Publishers, South Bloomington, Minnesota from the book "The Da Vinci Codebreaker : an easy-to-use fact checker for truth seekers" by James L. Garlow.
 

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