Description: After Jesus, Peter is the most frequently mentioned individual both in the Gospels and in the New Testament as a whole, yet we know very little about this formative figure of the early church. Markus Bockmuehl introduces the New Testament Peter by asking how first- and second-century sources may be understood through the prism of "living memory" among the disciples of the apostolic generation and the students of those disciples. He argues that early Christian memory of Peter underscores his central role as a bridge-building figure holding together the diversity of first-century Christianity. Drawing on more than a decade of research, Bockmuehl applies cutting-edge scholarship to the question of the history and traditions of Simon Peter. New Testament students and professors will value Bockmuehl's fresh insight into the biblical witness and early Christian tradition.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins
Review by Finn Damgaard
Citation: Finn Damgaard, review of Markus Bockmuehl, Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory: The New Testament Apostle in the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
Review by Jean-François Racine
Citation: Jean-François Racine, review of Markus Bockmuehl, Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory: The New Testament Apostle in the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.