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The False Gospel of Peter

Gospel of Peter. The manuscript in the Cairo Museum. This is the last column of text, which breaks off in mid sentence and is followed by the decoration.False Gospels:

The Gospel of Peter was written in the mid second century. The numerous embellishments in the Gospel of Peter clearly indicate that it was composed in the second century and was not written by the apostle Peter. It is comprised of 14 paragraphs (or 60 verses), which describes the events surrounding the end of Jesus’ life including his trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. The Peter document is only partially preserved in one 8th or 9th century manuscript, beginning and ending in mid sentence. It includes a story of the resurrection event with two giant angels, a colossal Jesus, and a talking cross emerging from the empty tomb.

The Peter document has numerous historical errors including a preponderance of legendary embellishments and lack of first century historical knowledge. For instance, it mentions the high priest spending the night in the cemetery in spite of Jewish views of corpse impurity. No ruling priest would do this. Seven seals are used to seal the tomb of Jesus. A crowd from Jerusalem comes to see the sealed tomb. The Jewish leaders camp out at the tomb of overnight. It also includes in the resurrection event two giant angels, a colossal Jesus, and a talking cross emerging from the empty tomb. Once more we may conclude that this is another document that certainly is not a lost book of the New Testament.

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