First Epistle of Peter in Easton's Bible Dictionary
This epistle is addressed to "the strangers scattered
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
hope," because this epistle abounds with words of
encouragement fitted to sustain a "lively hope." It
about thirty-five references to the Old Testament.
It was written from Babylon, on the Euphrates, which
this time one of the chief seats of Jewish learning,
fitting centre for labour among the Jews. It has
that in the beginning of his epistle Peter names the
of Asia Minor in the order in which they would
to one writing from Babylon. He counsels (1) to
and perseverance under persecution (1-2:10); (2) to
practical duties of a holy life (2:11-3:13); (3) he
example of Christ and other motives to patience and
(3:14-4:19); and (4) concludes with counsels to
people (ch. 5).