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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which studies the text identified as the Gospel of Peter. This book's purpose is to outline, in relation to each of the four New Testament accounts, what are potentially the most decisive examples of literary dependence. By so doing, it argues that the theory which states the Gospel of Peter is an independent and early witness to events of the passion is incorrect. It focuses on those parallels that can be classed as being either demonstrative or striking. The following three conclusions can be offered. First, the Gospel of Peter appears to be posterior to the canonical gospels where there are parallel passages. Secondly, a strong case can be mounted for the literary dependence of the Gospel of Peter on all three of the synoptic accounts. Finally, the closing verse is suggestive, but ultimately inconclusive for showing knowledge of the fourth gospel.

Keywords: Gospel of Peter; gospels; literary dependence; New Testament



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