The Author of the Epistle is Saint Peter, 1. It was written to the elect sojourners of the dispersion of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, and Bithynia, inasmuch as he previously preached the Gospel to them with living voice, 2. The Occasion of the Epistle, 3. The argument, the giving of thanks for the grace and hope given to them, and also various exhortations, 4. It was written in the Greek idiom, not the Hebrew, 5. Whether it was written in Babylon: and whether that Babylon was Roman or Egyptian? 6. The opinion of Baronius concerning the time of writing, that it appears to have been written at Antioch in 52 AD, and delivered by Sylvanus, 7. There are two parts to the Epistle: I. The giving of thanks for the grace and hope given in temptations to dispersed believers (1 Peter 1:1-12). II. Various exhortations, both to all believers, and to various classes of men (1 Peter 1:13-5:14). Interpreters of the Epistle, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic; and also a Synoptic Table, 8.
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