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Peter, First Epistle of: This epistle is addressed to "the strangers scattered abroad", i.e.,
to the Jews of the Dispersion (the Diaspora). Its object is to confirm
its readers in the doctrines they had been already taught. Peter has
been called "the apostle of hope," because this epistle abounds with
words of comfort and encouragement fitted to sustain a "lively hope."
It contains about thirty-five references to the Old Testament. It was
written from Babylon, on the Euphrates, which was at this time one of
the chief seats of Jewish learning, and a fitting centre for labour
among the Jews. It has been noticed that in the beginning of his
epistle Peter names the provinces of Asia Minor in the order in which
they would naturally occur to one writing from Babylon. He counsels
1. to steadfastness and perseverance under persecution
(1 Peter 1-2:10)