Saint Peter: A Biographyby Michael Grant
Fisherman, missionary, healer, sinner, confessor, martyr, and ultimately saint, Peter has come down to us through the centuries as an astonishingly complex and multifaceted man. Despite his unique role - as the most important apostle and the head of the early Church - Peter has remained a shadowy and elusive figure. Now, in this luminous and insightful biography, rich… See more details below
Fisherman, missionary, healer, sinner, confessor, martyr, and ultimately saint, Peter has come down to us through the centuries as an astonishingly complex and multifaceted man. Despite his unique role - as the most important apostle and the head of the early Church - Peter has remained a shadowy and elusive figure. Now, in this luminous and insightful biography, rich in ambiance and detail, Michael Grant re-creates the life of one of Christianity's central icons. Grant narrates and interprets Peter's life by drawing on the most recent advances in archaeology and anthropology as well as his extensive knowledge of literature, philosophy, and religion. Peter emerges as a strong and passionate leader whose complex relations with other early Christians, particularly Paul, mirrored the ferment of his times. Grant probes the traditions connecting Peter to the church at Rome, and examines the legends surrounding his martyrdom. More than just a biography, Saint Peter explores the problems and triumphs of classical scholarship and its research methods, illuminating our continuing relationship with the past. Perhaps most important, Grant provides a human dimension to the life of Peter and to our understanding of the ancient world.
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Mr. Grant has done something that is very difficult ... to write a biography of someone from the ancient world. Not only are the primary sources 'biased', i.e., Gospel accounts, but there is scarcity of historical accounts for the individuals treated. 'Biased' accounts do not necessarily mean inaccurate accounts. No one in St. Peter's day sat down to write a biography/history of great religious leaders of the day. This does not mean that Christianity was an overlooked movement, the Neronian persecutions certainly belied this, but the material or inclination was not there ... most of the historical writing of the ancient world centered around the 'heroes' and larger than life figures of history. This biography of Saint Peter is best I have read (indeed there have few published) and I would certainly add it to my growing library of religious literature.