Markus Bockmuehl

The Remembered Peter

in Ancient Reception and Modern Debate

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

104,00 €
including VAT
ISBN 978-3-16-150580-5
Also Available As:
Published in English.
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 Revue — 109 (2013), S. 437–438 (Christoph Stenschke)
In: Biblische Zeitschrift — 57 (2013), S. 306–309 (Hildegard Scherer)
In: Protestantesimo — 71 (2016), S. 413–414 (Eric Noffke)
In: Studien zum NT und seiner Umwelt — 36 (2011), S. 215–217 (Wolfgang Grünstäudl)
In: TC: A Journal of Bibl. Textual Criticism — (09/2011) (John Granger Cook)
In: Religious Studies Review — 37 (2011), S. 136 (Casimir Bernas)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 55 (2011), S. 407
In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 23.3 (2013), S. 439–440 (David W. Chapman)
In: Irenikon — 2011, Heft 2–3, S. 477–478 (U.Z.)
In: Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift — 74 (2011), S. 91–92 (Finn Damgaard)
In: Jahrbuch f.Antike und Christentum — 54 (2011), S. 180–183 (Ernst Dassmann)
In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review —–04–49.html (04/2011) (Matthew W. Mitchell)
In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) — 35.5. (2013), S. 138–139 (Lutz Doering)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 1031–1033 (Thomas Söding)