Review: Peter in Early Christianity

26029085Peter in Early Christianityedited by Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado is a compilation of the nineteen essays presented at a 2013 conference organized by the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. The contributors to this volume include internationally recognized scholars of early Christian history, such as Jonathan W. Lo, John R. Markley, Margaret H. Williams, Paul A. Hartog, Willaim Rutherford, and much more.

Larry Hurtado opens the volume with an excellent essay surveying Petrine scholarship within Protestant Christianity. Hurtado’s focus is on the works of three influential scholars from the mid-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: Oscar Cullmann, Martin Hengel, and Markus Bockmuehl. It is here that Hurtado exposes the reader to the apostle Peter as a topic of serious historical and scholarly consideration within the Protestant tradition—a consideration that is more concerned with historical knowledge than ecclesiastical polemics.

The essays that…

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