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Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church

Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church

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.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631659
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date May 12, 2000


"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