The Remembered Peter 978-3-16-150580-5 - Mohr Siebeck

Markus Bockmuehl

The Remembered Peter

in Ancient Reception and Modern Debate

[Der erinnerte Petrus in der antiken Rezeption und der neueren Forschung.]

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Simon Peter's role as a disciple and an early Christian leader is shrouded in historical uncertainty. Markus Bockmuehl investigates the complex Christian memory of Peter in relation to the New Testament texts, and suggests how those writings in turn helped shape the remembered Peter.
Although Simon Peter was evidently a central figure in both the ministry of Jesus and the mission of the earliest church, his life and thought are shrouded in historical uncertainty. Markus Bockmuehl approaches this problem through focused studies of Peter's highly diverse profile and reception in subsequent Christian sources from Rome and Syria. In Part I of this book, Bockmuehl documents the persistent presence of Peter in personal and collective memory – a phenomenon that usefully illustrates his importance as a »centrist« figure in the early church. The author goes on to examine the apostle's place in recent historical Jesus research as well as in ongoing debates concerning the so-called »New Perspective on Paul« and the problem of Peter's relationship with Paul. Part II discusses the complexity of that Petrine memory in Syria and Rome in particular, paying specific attention to Ignatius, Justin and Serapion in the East, as well as to the significance of Roman memory for the long-standing debate about the place of Peter's death. Finally, in Part III of the book Bockmuehl reconnects this investigation of the apostle's »aftermath« to more conventional historical and exegetical problems, seeking to shed light on their generative function for his subsequent prosopographical profile. In this vein the author examines Jewish meanings and implications of Peter's names, the cultural and religious significance of his origin in the newly excavated village of Bethsaida, and the puzzling Lucan theme of Peter's »conversion« as this came to feature in early Christian faith and praxis.

Markus Bockmuehl Born 1961; 1987 PhD from Cambridge; since 2007 Professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies, University of Oxford and Fellow of Keble College.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 1031–1033 (Thomas Söding)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 35.5. (2013), S. 138–139 (Lutz Doering)
In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review —–04–49.html (04/2011) (Matthew W. Mitchell)
In: Jahrbuch f.Antike und Christentum — 54 (2011), S. 180–183 (Ernst Dassmann)
In: Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift — 74 (2011), S. 91–92 (Finn Damgaard)
In: Irenikon — 2011, Heft 2–3, S. 477–478 (U.Z.)
In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 23.3 (2013), S. 439–440 (David W. Chapman)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 55 (2011), S. 407
In: Religious Studies Review — 37 (2011), S. 136 (Casimir Bernas)
In: TC: A Journal of Bibl. Textual Criticism — (09/2011) (John Granger Cook)
In: Studien zum NT und seiner Umwelt — 36 (2011), S. 215–217 (Wolfgang Grünstäudl)
In: Protestantesimo — 71 (2016), S. 413–414 (Eric Noffke)
In: Biblische Zeitschrift — 57 (2013), S. 306–309 (Hildegard Scherer)
In: Theologische Revue — 109 (2013), S. 437–438 (Christoph Stenschke)