The book of 1 Peter is the first of two letters that are included in the New Testament of the Bible that were written by the apostle Peter. It was written in the early 60’s a.d. as a circular addressed to, “…the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…” Peter wrote this letter from Rome, which he refers to as Babylon.
Peter was the apostle who denied Jesus three times after His arrest and who, after the empowerment of the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, went on to become a great speaker and teacher of the gospel. In this letter Peter addresses various topics affecting Christian life and duties, speaking to his readers as sheep gone astray, now returned to the shepherd. He includes some instruction on how to deal with persecution of the church.