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Saint Peter

2.98  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Drawing on the latest advances in archaeology and anthropology, as well as on his own extensive knowledge of the ancient world, classical historian Michael Grant narrates and interprets the life of Peter, one of the great icons of Christianity. Heroic, elusive, and enigmatic, this fisherman-turned-saint has remained more a figure of legend than of history, despite his "vis ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 18th 1998 by Barnes and Noble Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Katy M
Mar 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish this. He should have put a warning on this book that this was not a biography of Saint Peter, but an attempt to discredit Christianity.
Ted Kelsey
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Why do I have a dog in this fight? I probably don't really. I picked up the book because I was curious. I have become interested in church history recently, especially the early history. And I find myself reading books and articles. I am not a historian. And I don't know a ton about the church honestly. Maybe that's why this book rubbed me the wrong way. Nobody is a bigger expert that somebody with a little information. Anyway, I gave the book my time, and... having an opinion, I'll share it.

Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school, which seems like two lifetimes ago. What I remember was mainly this: the book was wonderfully researched, but gave people of faith no credit. While I understand a "scientific" historian can not take the Gospel accounts as face-value sources and accept plainly that events did happen as portrayed, an historian can also not discount faith as a factor in shaping history. Again, it's been 12 or 13 years since I've read this, and I was still young, but I remember these impr ...more
Mormon Heretic
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
It was an interesting perspective on early Christianity, but I didn't get to know Peter any better.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled on this book in a used book store just a few days after seeing a powerful performance of Lagrime di San Pietro (Peter Sellers production)--review here

Unlike the music, the book is not concerned with meaning and metaphors but is very dry history. That doesn't mean it's bad but being written by a historian (University of Edinburgh) it is a long meditation about what we know, what we can know, and what we cannot know about Peter. It does not touc
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This biography of Saint Peter is interesting and very well written. Grant tries his best to uncover the real Peter from within the Gospels.

Grant disputes the tradition that Peter was of poor and humble origins. “Although Jewish, Bethsaida was partly Greek-speaking, and stood in Gentile surroundings, helping to justify the phrase ‘Galilee of the Gentiles (or nations)’. The place had been raised to city status by the tetrarch Philip, son of Herod the Great, in 4/2 BC, when it was given the name of
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: faith
First of all you have to understand that I am a devotee of St. Peter. However, I often find myself dissatisfied with books written about him. This unfortunately was no exception.

Mr. Grant attempts to paint a picture of St. Peter using the historical method. Not easy as the only places one finds contemporary information on St. Peter is Scripture and patristics. Mr. Grants first chapters were on this very problem. I gave him the benefit of the doubt but eventually found myself skimming.

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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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