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Peter aka Cephas (Simon Peter) was from the village of Bethsaida in Galilee. He was a fisherman by trade, along with his brother, Andrew, and James and John, the sons of Zebedee. [Dr. John MacArthur, “12 Ordinary Men” TBN (3/31/10)] Peter was one of Jesus’ core 12 disciples. He authored the New Testament books of 1 & 2 Peter. The Gospel of Mark is also ascribed to Peter (Mark was Peter’s disciple). Peter spent 9 months in a Roman dungeon prison which had no window or doors, only a ceiling trap door. During his imprisonment, Peter continued to preach the gospel to his jailers many of whom were converted to Christianity. [C. David Jones, “12 Ordinary Men”, TBN (3/31/10)]. During the reign of Emperor Nero, Peter was crucified upside at his own request because he said he wasn’t worthy of being crucified in the same way as his Lord, Jesus.

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