The "Apocalypse of Peter"
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This paper discusses how the author designed the "Apocalypse of Peter" to convert the unfaithful into followers, but, more importantly, it gave strength and hope to those being persecuted for their conviction. It explains how the pseudonym and usage of ex eventu prophecy strengthened the claim that the persecuted would achieve salvation from, and the persecuting would meet eternal torment by otherworldly beings in otherworldly places.
From the Paper:"The Apocalypse of Peter arose in response to the historical and social setting of the Bar Kochba revolt. Simon Bar Kochba, the Jewish military leader who initially led a successful revolt against Rome from 132-135 A.D., persecuted Christians with impunity because of their faith. This apocalypse depicted the cosmological end of the world as well as it revealed personal eschatology; the Apocalypse of Peter itemized the different eternal punishments for specific wrongdoings and described the rewarding afterlife for the righteous. Circuitously this apocalypse urged, if not threatened, non-Christians and hesitant Christians to quickly anchor their faith in Jesus and concurrently reassured those Christians being persecuted. The author sought to reach this goal through the use of literary features characteristic of apocalypses. An apocalypse can be defined as: A genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework, in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial insofar as it involves another, supernatural world, intended for a group in crisis with the purpose of exhortation and/or consolation by means of divine authority. "
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