- The book was written by Simon Peter. Some have claimed that this is not the same Peter that wrote I Peter because of the difference in how he introduces himself in each book. In each book, however, he describes himself as an apostle, which means they were both written by the same man.
- The letter was written to the same audience as I Peter - Christians in Asia Minor. I Peter was probably written around 64-65 A.D. Peter is said to have died in 68 A.D., which dates this book around 65-68 A.D.
- This book was partly written to combat Gnosticism. Gnosticism was a mixing of Christianity and Eastern religions. It emphasizes the “evil” of matter and the “good” of knowledge.
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