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Each criticism will be explained and then examined as to its validity in order to determine if it is based on provable fact or assumption. 37 1 Peter says, “Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
There is no external evidence prior to Origen indicating that Peter wrote 2 Peter.
But no document was ever condemned as a forgery upon this ground.” The second major area of criticism is based on interpretation of certain historical references.
One critic states, “The pseudonymous author’s claims are not persuasive, however, because 2 Peter contains too many indications that it was written long after Peter’s martyrdom in about 64 or 65 CE.” This process would have taken some time, and consequently, it means that 2 Peter could not have been written in the first century.
Their tendency was to place them on a pedestal, not call them “beloved brother.” Although critics would argue that this was simply an attempt by the author to give the letter credibility, it seems a little too bold.
Who the “fathers” refers to is commonly understood by the critics to mean the apostles.
Consequently, this verse is interpreted to mean that since the apostles had all died, and the rapture had not occurred, some were doubting the imminent return of Christ.
For the passing of the fathers (apostles) to have occurred would necessitate a second century date.
A recent article by Young Kyu Kim sheds new light and casts doubt on that argument also. Their tendency was to venerate them, not show familiarity with them. Therefore, this would seem to strengthen Petrine authorship. Origen himself mentions that there were some doubts as to its authenticity, but he himself did not deal with the problem which seems to imply that he didn’t take the doubts seriously. 35 Farkasfalvy, “The Ecclesial Setting of Pseudepigraphy,” p.
The Muratorian Canon did not contain 2 Peter, but it also omits 1 Peter, so this is not a decisive factor. Therefore, this could in fact refer to the same thing all the other references to the “historical fathers” refer. 24 Walter Bauer and others, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, 2nd ed.