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Letter of Peter to James
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A pseudonymous, noncanonical letter purportedly written by the apostle Peter to James, brother of Jesus, in which Peter asks James not to give away a written copy of his teachings to anyone who may misinterpret them. The letter includes an appendix called the Contestatio that records James’ favorable response to Peter’s request. There is no evidence that the Letter of Peter to James was widely authoritative in the early church period, and it survives only as a preface to the fourth-century Pseudo-Clementine Homilies.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Peter to James, Letter of
Letter of Peter to James (Epistula Petri). A pseudonymous, noncanonical letter purportedly written by the apostle Peter to James, brother of Jesus, in which Peter asks James not to give away a written copy of his teachings to anyone who may misinterpret them. The letter includes an appendix called the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Peter to James, Letter Of
Peter to James, Letter ofAn epistle written in the name of the Apostle Peter in order to claim his authority for the continuing validity of the law in opposition to Paul’s law-free understanding of Christian faith. The James to whom this pseudonymous letter is addressed is the brother of Jesus and major
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Peter to James, Letter of (Writing)
Peter to James, Letter of. †Also called the Epistle of Peter, a portion of the Preachings of Peter (Kerygmata Petrou), a series of manifestations of the “true prophet” to Adam through Moses and Jesus. It was composed in Greek, probably in Syria during the third century, and is included in the Muratorian