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Gospel of Peter

The Gospel of Peter is an old document similar to books of the Christian Bible. It is considered by scholars not to be an authentic writing from the time, but a later creation or Pseudepigrapha[?]. See also Biblical canon.

In the late 19th century, among other documents, a parchment fragment, called the "Gospel of Peter," was discovered in a Christian tomb at Akhmim in Upper Egypt. Origen, Eusebius, and Jerome refer to such a work, and hence it has been concluded that it was probably written about the middle of the second century.

It professes to give a history of Jesus' resurrection and ascension. While differing in not a few particulars from the canonical Gospels, the writer shows plainly that he was acquainted both with the synoptics and with the Gospel of John. Though apocryphal, it is of considerable value as showing that the main facts of the history of Jesus were then widely known.


Many biblical scholars consider the Gospel of Mark to be based on Mark's record or recollection of Peter's teachings.

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