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Submitted by Sohail (United Kingdom), Jan 13, 2007 at 09:32

Because the Gospel of Peter was not chosen for the canon. It is does not match up to the undisputed four Gospels. Besides, Peter worked with Mark to write the gospel of Mark, it would make no sense if Peter worked with Mark so that they would write two Gospels (that would be identical). And the content in the Gospel of Peter is a bit outrageous. In the Resurrection, a walking, talking cross comes out of the tomb and speaks to the disciples. This leads to the suspicion that it was a gnostic work (and thus, pseudepigraphical).

The docetic note in this narrative appears in the statement that Jesus, while being crucified, 'remained silent, as though he felt no pain', and in the account of his death. It carefully avoids saying that he died, preferring to say that he 'was taken up', as though he - or at least his soul or spiritual self - was 'assumed' direct from the cross to the presence of God. ( this is similar to that of the Qur'an.)

Sohail

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