The Apocalypse of Peter or Revelation of Peter

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The Apocalypse of Peter or Revelation of Peter

The Apocalypse of Peter or Revelation of Peter is an example of popular early Christian apocalyptic literature. Once a serious candidate for inclusion in the New Testament, it was considered scripture by several ancient Christian authorities, but was lost to history for more the 1500 hundred years until its rediscovery near the turn of the twentieth century.

Written by an early believer author in Peter's name during the first half of the second century C.E., the rediscovered text exists in two versions, one Koine Greek, another Ethiopic. The two versions diverge considerably, the Greek version also being shorter. Before its rediscovery, the work had been known only through references to it in other early Christian writings.

Peter's apocalypse describes in detail the tortures which sinners will experience in hell, contrasting these with the glorious life of saints in heaven. The longer Ethiopic version also contains a description of Christ's second coming and the last judgment, as well as a prayer of Yahusha indicating that even the souls in hell will eventually be saved by the mercy of God. Although the work was never declared heretical, this doctrine of universal salvation may be a reason why it was rejected from the scriptural canon.