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Editor's Note The English translation of I Peter was provided by the author; it reflects his exegetical decisions. Other biblical texts are usually from the Rroised SU111da rd Versio11. Quotations from the Latin and Greek authors follow the texts of the Loeb Classical Library or other standard editions; the translations, except where noted, are the author's. The endpapers of this volume reproduce the first leaf of I Peter, containing I: 1-4, from Papyrus Bodmer VIII (Pi~). This codex, from around the turn of the fourth century, contains the entirety of I Peter (and also 2 Peter and jude) and is the oldest manuscript of these NT writings. The original codex, which came to light in the mid-1950s and was held in the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana in Cologny/ Geneva, Switzerland, contained several other Jewish and Christian writings; the portion with 1-2 Peter was relocated to the Vatican Library and is reproduced by permission. XXXVI ...


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