The First Epistle of Peter, commonly known as First Peter, is the 21st book of the New Testament and the 60th book of the King James Version of the Bible. The book is set out as a letter which was addressed to churches throughout Asia Minor which, at the time, were being persecuted for their religion.
Summary of Chapters
The first chapter of 1 Peter tells of God's word that was preached about being Holy and the infallibility of God's word. An interesting sentence is 1:7, which states that gold and silver perish - even though refined by fire, which obviously isn't quite true.
Chapter Two begins with a message to rid yourselves of sins and a parable of a rock, the parable accompanying the notion of a bad stone with non-belief and a good stone (one being used in buildings) with belief. It then goes on to urge somewhat of a call to persevere, telling people of a Holy nation to abstain from sinning. The chapter then goes on to urge everyone including slaves to submit to God. There seems to be some inconsistencies over the object that bore Jesus, 1 Peter tells of Jesus on a tree as opposed to a cross (2:24).
Chapter Three is mainly aimed at husbands and wives, and gives a set of guidelines for each to live by. It tells women to be utterly submissive to their husbands, and husbands to be considerate to their 'weaker partners' - their wives. This directly shows sexism and proves that not all sexism is contained within the Old Testament, so this book proves the undoing to the apologetic arguments of both sexism and slavery being in the Old Testament.
1 Peter is said to have been by Saint Peter the Apostle although scholars date it to be from roughly 75 - 112 CE and from a different author after Saint Peter's death.