eter was one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus. He became a leader among the disciples and was entrusted with divine authority by Jesus. Although Peter later denied knowing Jesus, his faithfulness to Christ was demonstrated by his willingness to die for Him.
Who was Peter in the Bible?
Peter was one of Jesus' closest disciples, and he played a major role in the early church.
Peter was a fisherman from Galilee who became one of the first followers of Jesus. After seeing the resurrected Christ on the beach, he became one of His primary witnesses. He even had a special relationship with Jesus' other disciples: When they were arrested by soldiers at Gethsemane, Peter denied knowing any of them--but then later claimed that he had been with them all along!
Peter is often remembered for having been slow to understand things at first (e.g., when he tried to walk on water), but overall he was very faithful in his service to God and His people
What Does the Bible Say About Peter's Death?
Since Peter is one of the most influential people to live in Christianity, what does the bible say about his death? Surprisingly, nothing. The book of Act's ends with Peter preaching boldly and doesn't mention anything about his death because he possibly was still alive at the time of it's writing.
If the bible does not have the account of Peter's death, where can we find it? We have four other primary sources that mentioned:
- Martyrdom of the Holy Apostle Peter (Acts of Peter 30–41) Late 2nd–early 3rd centuries CE
- Pseudo-Linus, Martyrdom of Blessed Peter the ApostleLate 4th–5th centuries CE
- Pseudo-Abdias, Passion of St. PeterLate 6th century CE
- History of Shimeon Kepha the Chief of the Apostles 6th–7th centuries CE
How did Peter Die?
From these sources, we learn that Peter was imprisoned for his faith and eventually crucified upside down because he felt he was "unworthy" to be crucified the same as Jesus. He was considered a traitor to Rome because he refused to deny Christ, even under pressure from the authorities. The Romans did not want to look like they were favoring one religion over another, so they had all three men crucified together--Peter on one side of two thieves (one on each side), with their heads pointed downward.
Peter's Impact on the Early church
Peter wrote two letters that are included in the New Testament. These letters were written to Christians who were suffering for their faith, encouraging them to be bold and stay strong.
The first letter is called 1st Peter, and it was written between 65-68 A.D., during Nero's persecution of Christians in Rome (the Great Fire of 64 A.D.). The second letter is called 2nd Peter, which was probably written between 67-68 A.D., around the time when John wrote Revelation at Patmos Island off Turkey's coast (Revelation 1:9).
Where was Peter Buried?
It's believed that St. Peter was buried under the church, which is built over the tomb of St. Peter. The church is located on top of a hill, with a bell tower and dome rising above its walls.
What Can We Learn from Peter's Example?
Peter was a bold example of how anyone can live boldly for God if they rely on the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit. He is a highly relatable figure, coming from a fisherman lifestyle into a powerhouse giant of the faith. Even though he denied Jesus as the most pivotal moment of Jesus' life, he turned his life around and led many people into a relationship with Jesus. In the same way, we should not allow our past failures to keep us from boldly living for Jesus.