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  • Epistle of Peter to James

    http://www.tertullian.org/fathers2/ANF- ... 54_1014821

    Quote: "For some from among the Gentiles have rejected my legal preaching, attaching themselves to certain lawless and trifling preaching of the man who is my enemy."

    The enemy seems to be Apostle Paul.

    Is this authentic? What is going one?

    Also, I can't find a date for this Epistle.

    Thank you.

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    Not likely. This is part of the Pseudo-Clementine literature, which dates from the 3rd to the 5th century, depending on who you speak to.

    Beyond that, the letter quotes Matthew, which is probably written between 75-90. That's problematic for any case for authenticity, as Peter dies around 64/65, and James is known to have died in 62. Unless Peter's ghost wrote it, it's pseudipigraphic.

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      Originally posted by psstein View Post
      Not likely. This is part of the Pseudo-Clementine literature, which dates from the 3rd to the 5th century, depending on who you speak to.

      Beyond that, the letter quotes Matthew, which is probably written between 75-90. That's problematic for any case for authenticity, as Peter dies around 64/65, and James is known to have died in 62. Unless Peter's ghost wrote it, it's pseudipigraphic.
      Thank you very much.

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        Originally posted by psstein View Post
        Not likely. This is part of the Pseudo-Clementine literature, which dates from the 3rd to the 5th century, depending on who you speak to.

        Beyond that, the letter quotes Matthew, which is probably written between 75-90. That's problematic for any case for authenticity, as Peter dies around 64/65, and James is known to have died in 62. Unless Peter's ghost wrote it, it's pseudipigraphic.
        Further, works prior to the 3rd century tended to at most allude to NT writings; though dependence can be demonstrated, writers rarely quoted from them.
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          Originally posted by psstein View Post
          Not likely. This is part of the Pseudo-Clementine literature, which dates from the 3rd to the 5th century, depending on who you speak to.

          Beyond that, the letter quotes Matthew, which is probably written between 75-90. That's problematic for any case for authenticity, as Peter dies around 64/65, and James is known to have died in 62. Unless Peter's ghost wrote it, it's pseudipigraphic.
          I vaguely remember reading something once that claimed that some of the Pseudo-Clementine literature had some elements that weren't exactly pro-Paul.

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            Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
            I vaguely remember reading something once that claimed that some of the Pseudo-Clementine literature had some elements that weren't exactly pro-Paul.
            That may very well be the case. To be honest, my knowledge about early Christian literature is primarily confined to the first two centuries, but my grasp of patristics is far worse than my grasp of NT/OT.

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