January 17, 2020

Gene Green has produced perhaps the most important book on Petrine theology in almost a hundred years. It is entitled Vox Petri. A Theology of Peter (Cascade 2019, 512 pages) and it is full of good and challenging insights. We will be doing a dialogue with Gene presently on this blog, but here we begin to consider a review the book itself. One negative fact to report. This book was not properly proof-read, even though I am told two people… Read more

January 16, 2020

Our last post on this book on Peter will deal with the lengthy and helpful essay of Peter Lampe on the indications in Rome of veneration of Peter and his burial place. Lampe is of course the one who wrote the best book on the development of the Church in Rome from the first century and beyond the apostolic era, focusing on archaeology and the social historical materials. From Paul to Valentinus: Christians in Rome in the First Two Centuries,… Read more

January 15, 2020

Paul Parvis broaches a subject which one first blush seems to have no basis in history, namely when was Peter the bishop of Antioch, and secondly, when did he found the church there? The short answer would be he wasn’t and he didn’t, however some of the church fathers seem to think otherwise. The evidence is found, partially in Jerome’s translation of Origen’s sixth Homily on Luke, which seems to say that Ignatius of Antioch was the second bishop in… Read more

January 14, 2020

There are some movies that every Christian, or for that matter every moral person should see. This is definitely one of them. It tells the true story of Johnny Dee aka Walter Macmillian, who was wrongly accused and convicted of killing a young white girl in Monroeville Alabama. There is some serious irony in this as Monroeville is the town of Harper Lee who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, about a trial of a black man wrongly accused of a… Read more

January 14, 2020

Paul Hartog’s essay concerns itself with the reception of Peter, particularly, it would appear in basically Pauline contexts. Using the image of the matroishka doll he concludes “both 1 Clement [addressed to the Pauline converts in Corinth and showing a knowledge of 1 Corinthians] and especially Polycarp’s Philippians see to ‘nest’ their reception of Peter within their overt receptions of Paul. However 1 Clement explicitly mentions the figure of Peter, while Philippians manifests an anonymous use of Petrine traditions [i.e…. Read more

January 13, 2020

Matthew Novenson’s article on ‘Why there are some Petrine Epistles Rather than None’ is interesting but can be dealt with briefly. He rightly notes that pseudepigrapha were harder to convincingly pull off than say pseudonymous Apocalypses. His arguments for why 1 Peter is likely not to be by Peter himself are weak. As he points out, 2 Peter reflects a knowledge of such a letter at least as early as the end of the first century, and then there is… Read more

January 12, 2020

Sean Adams (pp. 130-45) tackles the issue of Peter’s literacy, which of course is raised by both Papias (when it comes to Greek) and perhaps in Acts as well, but more on that in a minute. In regard to his own agenda, Adams states at the outset “the perception of Peter as a literate figure helped shape the constructed portraits of Peter in subsequent literature” (p. 130), by which he means post NT literature presumably. Adams begins his discussion with… Read more

January 11, 2020

Much has been made of how the first disciples of Jesus appear more like the DUH-sciples especially in Mark. In particular, Peter at times comes across this way, for instance when Jesus at Caesarea Philippi starts explaining that he is going to die. The burden of John Markley’s article is to demonstrate that one needs to understand the nature of apocalyptic ways of discussing things to understand what’s going on. The point is that one would not understand such mysteries… Read more

January 10, 2020

Timothy Barnes’ essay treats us to a novel approach to the martyrdom of Peter. He argues he was likely burned alive wrapped in animal skins. The basis for this argument is in part a certain kind of interpretation of John 21.18-19 which is assumed to be a saying reflecting ex post facto knowledge of how Peter actually died, rather than simply being a prophecy. This may or may not be true, but Barnes does not argue his case on this,… Read more

January 9, 2020

Jonathan Lo (pp.62-75) revisits the Petrine speech found in Acts, in light of Greco-Roman parallel historical works and how those works handle speech material. He quotes my colleague Craig Keener affirmatively when he says that historians were allowed to put speeches in their own vocabulary, provided he did not invent content. Lo however concludes that the fact that there is a resemblance between the speeches in Acts and those in ancient historians in regard to both style and content is… Read more

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