2 Peter - World English Bible (WEB)This is an open source version of the bible based on the 1901 ASV (American Standard Version). This document may be freely distributed, there is no copyright on this translation.
2 Peter Reconsidered"The Second Epistle of Peter was accepted into the Canon in the fourth century with greater hesitation than any other book. That hesitation reappeared at the Reformation when Luther accepted it, Erasmus rejected it, and Calvin was uncertain. The debate has continued, but in the last forty years opinion has hardened against its genuineness, and in many quarters the question is regarded as settled. The aim of this paper is to reconsider the problem, not because the writer has the presumption to dogmatize over a question which has puzzled the ablest heads in the Church for a thousand years, but because the arguments commonly adduced to support the current view of 2 Peter as an undoubted pseudepigraph do not appear to be as securely based as might be expected from the confidence reposed in them."
The Authenticity of 2 Peter"The argument against the authenticity of 2 Peter turns on three main problems: (1) problem of external attestation in the early church; (2) stylistic and literary problems with 1 Peter and Jude; and (3) historical and doctrinal problems that seem to indicate internal inconsistency and a late date. Undoubtedly, 2 Peter has a plethora of problems. Most scholars believe its path towards canonical status was littered with pitfalls and detours for good reason. If so, then why reopen a discussion which apparently deserves to stay closed? It is not because I presume to have solved all the conundrums that have so vexed capable scholars throughout church history, but because, in the case of 2 Peter, the other side of the argument seems mainly untold."