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The Life and Witness of Peter
by Larry Helyer
Publisher:IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
"Biblical scholars often comment on the relative neglect of Peter's theology." This book attempts to go some way in addressing this gap. Larry Helyer carefully and methodically looks for information and clues - explicit, inferred and those of disputed reliability - to piece together as fully as possible the key aspects of Petrine theology.
Helyer starts with Peter's appearances in the Gospels and Acts and moves on through mentions of Peter in Paul's letters to an examination of the two letters traditionally attributed to Peter. He discusses overt mentions of Peter and meticulously and thoroughly teases out possible signposts to aspects of his theology. The veracity of each point is explored and arguments for and against their inclusion in the overall picture of Peter's theology discussed. Helyer also includes a chapter specifically about Peter's Christology. The author ends by exploring the traditions and legends that surround Peter and the legacy left by him, including a brief discussion of non-canonical works that mention or have been ascribed to Peter.
I found this book to be methodical and comprehensive; I particularly appreciated the clear and thorough discussions on the relative merits and reliability of the different traditions and sources of information. Despite these extensive discussions I also found the book to be refreshingly easy to read. If you are looking to find out more about the theology of this most prominent yet elusive apostle then I would certainly recommend this book.
Reviewer: Tim Hupfield (04/09/13)