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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381785233023 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Saint Peter A Biography by Michael Grant. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback: 212 pages. Publisher: Barnes & Noble; (1998). Grant has collected what little is known about the biblical figure of Peter and shapes it into a lively, informative book. Some may object to his refusal to treat the miraculous as historical, but his insistence on historical objectivity is one of the book's many strengths. Pulling Peter out from the shadow of the apostle Paul, Grant provides a good, clear review of the available sources and a detailed historical background, making it all easy to follow. He highlights Peter's pivotal role in resuscitating Jesus' small band of followers after the crucifixion and suggests that his biblical subordination to Paul was born of the latter's jealousy. Against this, the author also reasons that James was more prominent than Peter among Jewish Christians and that Peter was more likely a missionary to Rome than the leader of that city's church. Grant wisely avoids assessing tradition's claim on Peter as the first pope, and while he admits that his book reports little not written elsewhere, his skill is in bringing so much previous scholarship together in one relatively brief volume. CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Barnes & Noble (1998) 212 pages. Unblemished and pristine in every respect. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: Combining recent advances in archaeology and anthropology with extensive knowledge of literature, philosophy, and religion, a classical historian reveals a human dimension to the life of Peter, interpreting him as a historical figure as well as a religious icon. Michael Grant is a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world – certainly one of the most prolific contemporary writers of the ancient world. His material is most lucid, entertaining, and informative. He has held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen’s University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He is a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a Medalist of the American Numismatic Society. He lives and writes in Italy. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: Michael Grant is one of the world's greatest writers on ancient history. Without question Professor Grant has been one of the leading popularizers (in the best sense) of ancient history and archaeology in recent decades and the reviewer gladly acknowledges a debt to the Cities of Vesuvius (1971) and The Etruscans (1980). “Saint Peter, A Biography is a concise, sober, readable assessment of as much of the historical Peter as can be sifted from the New Testament sources. While Grant amply illustrates how deeply problematic the sources are as history, he nevertheless argues convincingly that they show that Peter's passionate faith in Jesus and his ability to hold together the disconsolate band of followers after the Crucifixion make him a truly significant historical personality. In addition to summarizing the problems for the historian in locating facts, Grant offers useful thumbnail sketches of what is known of the historical Paul and James and their testy relationships with Peter. The book, which is mercifully free of over-elaborate theses, is further buttressed by 17 illustrations, two maps and extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter and at the back. There are also a table of dates, an index, a list of sources and notes. History Book Club main selection; BOMC, QPBC alternate selections. 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 a 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 whom 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. READER REVIEWS: Recreating the life of one of Christianity's central figures is not an easy task. Michael Grant does it well. Saint Peter, the multi-faceted figure for whom the largest Christian church building in the world is named remains an enigmatic man. Thanks to the prodigious research and thorough scholarship of the author, much of that mystery is dispelled. Beginning with an explanation of how information for this study was obtained, Grant then moves into the story of Peter when Jesus was alive. This is followed by Peter's years after Jesus' death and then his martyrdom in Rome. Illustrations, references and bibliography are included in the volume. Michael Grant devotes the beginning of this book to discussing the problems of research and the difficulty with sources, underscoring the difficulty with a subject such as Saint Peter. Though there is much mythology surrounding this first among equals of the Disciples of Christ, there is precious little by way of actual biographical data in the New Testament. Grant works his way through Peter's life, first during the period in which Jesus was alive, then during the early church years, including dealings with the increasing number of Gentiles and his rocky relationship with Paul. Finally Grant closes with a section on Peter in Rome, and has an interesting analysis, including why Peter rather than Paul in many ways remains the dominant apostle, if not the dominant apostolic voice. Much of the church as we know it today is derived from the teachings of St. Paul, but the hierarchy of apostolic succession still embraces Peter as primus inter paries. In all, this is a good book, well written, with many notes, references and sources to seek out that will make the diligent happy, and enough detail to make the casual reader glad to have read this work. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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