Book Giveaway – Robert Gundry, Peter: False Disciple and Apostate

Gunrdy, PeterIt is time to give a few books way to celebrate the New Year. I happen to have an extra copy of Robert Gundry, Peter: False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew (Eerdmans 2015). The book is new, but the cover has some damage (possibly heat on rippled the finish). If you look at it in the right light, it looks perfect.

This short study by Robert Gundry makes the surprising claim that Matthew considered Peter to be a “false disciple and apostate.” In the introduction to the book Gundry makes his motivations clear: this is not an anti-Catholic book nor is he interested in subverting any traditions about Peter. He not particularly interested in the “historical Peter,” assuming a history of Peter’s life could be written. Gundry’s project is strictly limited to the presentation of Peter in Matthew’s gospel only.

In order to reach this conclusion, Gundry analyzes every appearance of Peter in the Gospel of Matthew using redaction criticism in order to show Matthew edited Mark’s narrative to present Peter as an example of a disciple who was very close to Jesus but ultimately failed to follow through on his commitment to Jesus. In the end, Peter is left “outside in the darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Gundry’s use of redaction criticism is well-known from his commentaries on Matthew and Mark, therefore many will pre-judge some of his comments based on his method alone.

I reviewed the book in August 2015 and I cannot recall another book review which generated so many responses (both for and against Gundry’s thesis). So read the review, stay for the comments and then enter to win the book.

To have a chance to win the book, leave a comment on this post and I will pick a random winner Friday, January 12, 2018.

24 thoughts on “Book Giveaway – Robert Gundry, Peter: False Disciple and Apostate

  1. I am interested in Gundry’s thesis so look forward to reading the book if I am so “lucky” as to win the draw. Gord Abraham

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  2. I remember reading the review – partly because the argument seemed so ‘out there’ – would love to read the book.

  3. Missed you review of this book. I am curious enough about Gundry’s view to want to read it. If I can’t win it I might just have to purchase a copy (heavy sigh!)

  4. I find Gundry to be a cogent thinker, even when I disagree with him. I have heard about this but have not read.

  5. Luke’s Jesus would be surprised to hear that Peter went into outer darkness, given his words to Jesus “Satan has asked to sift you lilke wheat, Peter, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail, and you, when you have turned, strength your brothers.”

  6. I am not convinced by his thesis, but I would like to read how he argues his case.

  7. Robert Gundry”s analysis of Peter seems to open a conversation about who this apostle really was. Interesting.

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