Peter in Early Christianity
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A comprehensive reassessment of Peter's significance in church history. In this collection of essays, prominent scholars reflect on the historical Peter, his role in the New Testament, and his significance in later Christian traditions as seen in relevant noncanonical literature. A fresh look at the man long overshadowed by the apostle Paul. 358 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 358
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802871712
ISBN-13: 9780802871718

Publisher's Description

A fresh scholarly look at the apostle Peter and his significance in the early church and beyond
 
Long overshadowed by the apostle Paul, Peter has received increased scholarly attention of late. Building on that resurgence of interest, nineteen internationally prominent scholars of early Christian history examine and reassess the historical Peter and his significance, offering a comprehensive view of Peter through analysis both of New Testament texts and of noncanonical literature.
 
 
CONTRIBUTORS
Sean A. Adams
Timothy D. Barnes
Markus Bockmuehl
Helen K. Bond
Finn Damgaard
Paul Foster
Seán Freyne
Paul A. Hartog
Larry W. Hurtado
Peter Lampe
Jonathan W. Lo
John R. Markley
Tobias Nicklas
Matthew V. Novenson
Paul Parvis
William Rutherford
Todd D. Still
Jason S. Sturdevant
Margaret H. Williams

Author Bio

Helen K. Bond is senior lecturer in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh and director of the Edinburgh Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. Her previous books include The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed.
 
Larry W. Hurtado is professor emeritus of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh. Among his many previous books are The Earliest Christian Artifacts, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity, and How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?

Editorial Reviews

Journal for the Study of The New Testament Booklist
"Applicable across the canonical post-canonical divide, this fascinating proposal relates to calls for the recognition of other forms of trans-textual 'discourse marker' in early Christian studies."

Review of Biblical Literature
"This remarkable collection of essays is enthusiastically recommended for its far-reaching scope and its foundational nature. . . . A springboard for anyone looking to research Peter so as to understand better the 'underestimated' and often-overlooked first apostle."

Judith Lieu
— University of Cambridge
"This rich collection of essays makes a significant contribution to the growing interest in the 'after-life' as well as the 'real life' of the founding figures of the Jesus movement and of early Christianity. The breadth of topics and the variety of scholarly perspectives hint at the lively conversations that lie behind the essays. Readers will find here much stimulation to probe further into the figure of Peter."

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    Peter in Early Christianity edited by Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado is a compilation of the nineteen essays presented at a 2013 conference organized by the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. The contributors to this volume include internationally recognized scholars of early Christian history, such as Jonathan W. Lo, John R. Markley, Margaret H. Williams, Paul A. Hartog, Willaim Rutherford, and much more.

    Larry Hurtado opens the volume with an excellent essay surveying Petrine scholarship within Protestant Christianity. Hurtados focus is on the works of three influential scholars from the mid-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: Oscar Cullmann, Martin Hengel, and Markus Bockmuehl. It is here that Hurtado exposes the reader to the apostle Peter as a topic of serious historical and scholarly consideration within the Protestant traditiona consideration that is more concerned with historical knowledge than ecclesiastical polemics.

    The essays that follow are loosely organized in chronological order and divided into three major sections. The first five essays in the volume seek to contribute to a historical portrait of Peter. Margaret H. Williams essay on the various names associated with Peter was among the best in this initial section. Williams analyzes Jewish onomastic practices and connects such practice to the different names given to Peter in the gospels. Timothy Barnes also has a compelling essay on Peters death and the tradition of Peter being crucified. Barnes makes a compelling case from John 21:18-19 that Peter was burned alive, not crucified.

    The next five essays are focused on Peter in the New Testament. While all five of the essays are extremely crucial to the overall scope Petrine studies, Jason Sturdevants contribution on the character of Peter in the Fourth Gospel was among the best. The final group of essays is the most thought-provoking in the entire book and is certain to encourage additional research. These essays are collectively aimed at examining Peter in the early Christian tradition. Lastly, the volume concludes with a noteworthy essay by Markus Bockmuehl in which he examines Peter within the works of the Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.

    Peter in Early Christianity edited by Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado is an outstanding collection of essays, that, in many ways, tread on unchartered territory within Petrine studies. This is a book that will broaden your horizon and encourage your understanding of one of the most influential figures of early Christianity. The scope of essays included are comprehensive and detailed, and the organization is appropriately presented. If you are interested in the person and influence of Peter within the early Christian movement, Peter in Early Christianity is a one stop volume that will point you in several right directions. It comes highly recommended!

    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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