"The Second Letter of Peter applied Jesus's message to the conditions of the Hellenistic spiritual world, and explained that Jesus's appeal was based on his gift to us of everything positive we need for ourselves and for our life".[1 p.5]
This book has an unusual relationship with Jude which is almost entirely composed of material from 2 Peter, presented in the same style. It seems certain that one person was the author of both books, and that we are seeing different versions of one document. It follows that when studying 2 Peter one could usefully look at a commentary on Jude at the same time.
Swete[1 p.203] thinks that 2 Peter was the last epistle to be written, dating from the 2nd Century C.E., but John disagrees, attributing it to St Peter while agreeing that it was written much later than 1 Peter.
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