The book of 1 Peter is the
first of two letters that are included in the New Testament
of the Bible that were written by the apostle Peter. It was
written in the early 60's a.d. as a circular addressed to,
"...the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia,
Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia..." Peter wrote this
letter from Rome, which he refers to as Babylon.
Peter was the apostle who denied
Jesus three times after His arrest and who, after the
empowerment of the Holy Spirit as recorded in the
Acts of the Apostles, went on
to become a great speaker and teacher of the gospel. In this letter Peter
addresses various topics affecting Christian life and
duties, speaking to his readers as sheep gone astray, now
returned to the shepherd. He includes some instruction on
how to deal with persecution of the church.