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Saint Peter (1994)

by Michael Grant

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Bibliography: p. 186 p. Includes index.
  TorontoOratorySPN | Sep 2, 2022 |
A portrait of Peter as a strong and passionate leader whose complex relations with other early Christians, particularly Paul, mirrored the ferment of his times.
  stmarysasheville | Jun 2, 2008 |
Michael Grant's “biography” of St. Peter is an interesting case study in the historical reconstruction of a character about whom there is almost no historical evidence. This life of Peter is written by a process of negation that is instructive as both an historical and a literary technique. Grant brackets legendary and mythical material, including accounts of miracles. He highlights narrative techniques available to communities with a stake in remembering Peter and, against the background of those techniques, fills in accounts of Jesus, Paul, James, and others with whom Peter was associated in his lifetime. In the midst of the bracketing, the highlighting, and the filling in, Peter emerges more as an absence than a presence. Particularly in cases where historical evidence has been suppressed for personal or political reasons, this process of negation is a creative way to encounter characters who would otherwise remain hopelessly obscure. Since that description fits virtually every life worthy of historical investigation, Grant's study is a valuable contribution to the art of biography as much as to the memory of Peter.
  stevenschroeder | Jul 31, 2006 |
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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