Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory

The New Testament Apostle in the Early Church

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"Probing intelligence, originality without eccentricity, flawless scholarship, felicitous style--all of Bockmuehl's much admired gifts are generously displayed in this volume. Those wishing to trace the footsteps of the 'underestimated apostle' in early Christianity will find no better guide than Bockmuehl and no better exposition of why that journey of remembrance matters."
--C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Bockmuehl has long distinguished himself as a careful historian, sensitive to both Jewish and Greco-Roman dimensions of the early Christian movement and an astute reader of literary texts. This well-written and ecumenically sensitive volume draws on all his impressive skills. New insights abound regarding the portrayal of Peter in the New Testament and in nonbiblical sources from the second century."
--Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame

"A valuable study that combines amazing breadth of coverage of evidence (textual, artistic, and archaeological), sensitive and cogent analysis, and thoughtful concluding reflections for Protestant and Catholic Christians today. Bockmuehl takes readers on an intriguing tour of early Christian traditions about Peter with full knowledge of scholarly studies and also an appropriate exercise of his own judgment. The results are fascinating and 'must' reading for anyone seriously interested in early Christianity and its aftermath."
--Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh

"Not since Cullmann in 1952 has there been such a thorough examination of the biblical information on Peter. The whole work is inspired by a heart that beats for truth, for ecumenical understanding, and for reconciliation."
--Benedict T. Viviano, OP, Vienna; University of Fribourg, Switzerland

"Readers will have to engage carefully the issues of memory, identity, effective history, and ecclesial politics in order to think with Bockmuehl about the way he construes the evidence. Protestants are not always quick to remember that no disciple of Jesus has been more important to Christianity than Peter. Bockmuehl's book displays with elegance and erudition some central features of this fact's historical shape."
--C. Kavin Rowe, Duke Divinity School

"This erudite and accessible book will be welcomed by all who seek to understand not only what historians can surmise about the Galilean peasant Peter but also what such research can contribute to reflection about an ongoing 'Petrine ministry' among Christians today."
--Matthew Levering, University of Dayton


Markus Bockmuehl, Author

Markus Bockmuehl (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of Keble College. He previously taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of St. Andrews. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory, Seeing the Word, and This Jesus: Martyr, Lord, Messiah.

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