Four Times Peter: Portrayals of Peter in the Four Gospels and at Philippi

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Because he plays such a prominent role in the New Testament and the tradition of the church, the apostle Peter has been the focus of much scholarship over the centuries. One wonders whether there can be anything more to say about Peter. Indeed, there is. In Four Times Peter Richard Cassidy takes a narrative critical look at Peter in the story of each gospel individually (rather than studying Peter via a side-by-side analysis of the gospels). Cassidy looks first to the character of Jesus in each of the gospels and...

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Overview

Because he plays such a prominent role in the New Testament and the tradition of the church, the apostle Peter has been the focus of much scholarship over the centuries. One wonders whether there can be anything more to say about Peter. Indeed, there is. In Four Times Peter Richard Cassidy takes a narrative critical look at Peter in the story of each gospel individually (rather than studying Peter via a side-by-side analysis of the gospels). Cassidy looks first to the character of Jesus in each of the gospels and then to the group of apostles as a whole before turning to Peter.

In the end, Four Times Peter allows an intriguing portrait of this apostle to emerge. Readers discover a portrait of Peter that would have been familiar to the earliest Christian communities. And it is this ancient portrait that gives modern readers a refreshing new sense of Peter.

Richard J. Cassidy, STL, PhD, is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

This book is part of the series Interfaces.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

A must read for beginners and an excellent refresher for all those who already know and possess a deep appreciation for the four canonical gospels.
Comptes Rendus

It shows a depth of research and has some fine exegetical insights.
The Furrow

[A] particularly valuable and thought-provoking contribution to the study of the Gospels because it raises crucial questions about the ways in which a person or event is perceived to create meanings.
Toronto Journal of Theology

. . . inspiring.
The Way

This book is to be recommended as a work that has its intended audience very clearly in mind. It is highly suitable for use with college students pursuing a course in the study of the New Testament, as well as by Bible study groups seeking a way into a study of the Gospels themselves. Through this study of the role of Peter in each of the Gospels, new questions will arise in the minds of the students both in class and in discussion groups. The final chapter of this book is without doubt the most stimulating. Without doubt, this chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
Review of Biblical Literature

This is a great scientific work of an expert Richard J. Cassidy, a priest and professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. . . . this is an important simplified but rich book for all who want to know more.
LIVROS NOVOS

This small masterpiece is a valuable addition to studies of Peter and of the four Gospels. Worth rereading and keeping on hand as a resource, it would work very well in academic and pastoral situations.
Horizons

Cassidy’s study contains many fresh and helpful insights.
Review of Biblical Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814651780
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Interfaces
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard J. Cassidy, STL, PhD, is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.
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Table of Contents


Dedication     ix
Preface     xi
Aspects of Narrative Criticism and the Four Gospels     1
Aspects of Narrative Criticism     1
The Various Readers/Hearers of the Gospels     6
The Sequence and Authorship of the Gospels     9
The Structure of This Book     10
Peter in Mark's Gospel     13
The Future-Oriented Character of Mark's Gospel     13
Jesus and his Mission According to Mark     14
The Disciples of Jesus in Mark     17
Peter During the Time of Jesus' Public Ministry     21
Peter and the Risen Jesus     32
Summary of Mark's Portrayal of Peter     33
Peter in Luke's Gospel     36
The Future-Oriented Character of Luke's Gospel     36
Jesus and his Mission According to Luke     37
The Disciples and Apostles of Jesus in Luke     40
Peter During the Time of Jesus' Public Ministry     44
Peter and the Risen Jesus     53
Summary of Luke's Portrayal of Peter     55
Peter in Matthew's Gospel     57
The Future-Oriented Character of Matthew's Gospel     57
Jesus and his Mission According to Matthew     58
The Disciples of Jesus inMatthew     63
Peter During the Time of Jesus' Public Ministry     67
Peter and the Risen Jesus     82
Summary of Matthew's Portrayal of Peter     83
Peter in John's Gospel     85
The Future-Oriented Character of John's Gospel     85
Jesus and his Mission According to John     85
The Disciples of Jesus in John     87
The Beloved Disciple     92
Peter During the Time of Jesus' Public Ministry     95
Peter and the Risen Jesus     101
Summary of Peter's Portrayal in John     107
The Reception of the Four Gospels at Philippi     109
Philippi and the Christian Community at Philippi     109
Images of Peter from Paul's Writings     112
The Arrival of the Gospels at Philippi     114
Concluding Reflections     125
Peter's Speech in Each of the Four Gospels     128
Endnotes     131
Bibliography     142
Index of Biblical Passages     147
Index of Modern Authors     151
Index of Names and Subjects     153
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