Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter  

The Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter is a text which is heavily Gnostic and takes gnostic interpretations of the crucifixion to the extreme, picturing Jesus as laughing and warning against people who cleave to the name of a dead man, thinking they shall become pure.

According to this text:"He whom you saw on the tree, glad and laughing, this is the living Jesus. But this one into whose hands and feet they drive the nails is his fleshly part, which is the substitute being put to shame, the one who came into being in his likeness. But look at him and me.

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Authorship: (Assumed)Peter
Year Written: (Assumed)200-300 AD
Scripture Type:Gnostic Apocalypse
Gnosticism is a modern term categorizing a collection of pre-Christian ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world which they viewed as created by the demiurge; and instead embraced the spiritual world. To be Gnostic should be understood as someone who is receptive to mystical or esoteric experiences of direct participation with the divine being. Gnosis refers to intimate personal knowledge and insight from experience.
Discovered:Nag Hammadi Library, Egypt 1945
The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of 13 ancient books containing over 50 texts. This important discovery includes a number of primary "Gnostic Gospels" – texts which were assumed to have been destroyed during the early Christian conflicts.

All the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi can be viewed in the Gnostic Society Library website.
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