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13 The Apologetic Theology of the Preaching of Peter

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This chapter points out some theological themes in what is perhaps the earliest extant Christian Apology outside the New Testament (NT), the Preaching of Peter, and compares them with similar themes in earlier Christian missionary preaching, particularly that of Paul. In any case, the Preaching's apparent familiarity with the later NT writings rules out Petrine authorship, and it is generally agreed that the Preaching was written by the first quarter of the second century, either in Greece or in Egypt. Early Christian missionary preaching can be reconstructed from a number of NT texts. The influence of Stoicism on some Jewish writings, especially the Wisdom of Solomon, has long been recognized. The tradition reflected by the Preaching is Middle Platonic and would exert great influence on later Apologists.

Keywords: christian apology; early christian missionary; New Testament (NT) texts; Preaching of Peter; stoicism



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