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Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church (Pheme Perkins) Paperback Book, (Augsburg Fortress, 2000) 9780800631659
Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church (Pheme Perkins) Paperback Book, (Augsburg Fortress, 2000) 9780800631659
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Title: Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church

Author: Perkins, Pheme

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780800631659

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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Perkins describes the search for the historical Peter, and the influence his image has had, in Roman Catholic and Protestant ecumenical discussions. Pointing to portrayals of Peter in the Pauline and Johannine traditions, the synoptic Gospels, and the Book of Acts, Perkins argues that precisely because there is no single Petrine tradition in the New Testament, the apostle might serve as a unifying figure for incongruous forms of Christianity. Perkins argues that Peter should be viewed as a harmonizing figure who captures the Christian imagination not only because he is the most prominent of Jesus' disciples, but also because his weaknesses and strengths present a character accessible to the average Christian.Table of ContentsIntroductionFirst Among the DisciplesThe Apostle in a Divided ChristianityPeter in a Changing Church: Roman CatholicismPeter as an Ecclesial Centrist1. A Life of PeterFamiliar StoriesAsking Historical QuestionsPeter in the GospelsPeter in ActsArchaeology and the Quest for PeterThe Name "Peter"Excursus: Peter and Rome in Eusebius2. Peter in New Testament Narratives: Mark and MatthewPeter as a Narrative CharacterPeter in the Gospel of MarkPeter in the Gospel of Matthew3. Peter in New Testament Narratives: Luke and JohnPeter Among the ApostlesPeter in the Gospel of LukePeter in the Acts of the ApostlesPeter in the Gospel of JohnExcursus: Peter and the Twelve4. Peter in the New Testament EpistlesIn the Shadow of PaulPeter in Paul's Epistles: Fellow Apostle or Opponent?Excursus: The Jerusalem Council1 Peter: The Apostle as Fellow Elder2 Peter: Guardian of the True Faith5. Peter, Witness and MartyrCompleting the StoryExpanding on Gospel TraditionsEarly Testimony Concerning Peter's MartyrdomExcursus: Nero, the Fire, and the ChristiansThe Apocryphal Acts of Peter6. Peter and Authentic TraditionPeter's Teaching as True TraditionPeter Opposes the Heretic, Simon MagusPeter as Spokesperson for Conventional ChristianityPeter as a Gnostic Apostle7. Peter, Bishop of RomeFrom Martyr to BishopFounding Martyr of the Roman ChurchSuccession Lists and Petrine AuthorityPeter and Episcopal AuthorityExcursus: Interpreting Matthew 16:17-19Conclusion: Peter for the Whole Church?Selected BibliographyIndex of Subjects and Mondern AuthorsIndex of Scripture ReferencesReviews"Balanced, readable, and interesting. ... Not only does Perkins stimulate the scholar, but she also informs the Christian in the pew."--Southwestern Journal of Theology"An almost kaleidoscopic analysis of the historic Peter of the early churches, a search for the images he was given and the interpretative theological and practical applications made of those images by various New Testament and Christian groups, by gnostic and other heresiological groups. ... A thorough and very readable analysis of Petrine images."--Catholic Biblical Quarterly
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