Gene Green – Peter, The Lost Theologian

Episode: Though Peter was the rock of the early church, why has Paul dominated New Testament scholarship? Part of the answer lies in the controversies surrounding the Gospels’ portrayals of Peter, questions about the authenticity of his epistles, and the specious reception of his speeches in Acts. Yet, despite those problems, Gene Green believes that Peter’s voice, his theological and influence, are not lost to us. Green suggests that a coherent cluster of theological concerns populate the Petrine corpus loudly enough for us to discern and map them.

Guest: Dr. Gene L. Green is Dean of Trinity International University in Florida. He is also Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. He previously served as Professor of New Testament, Dean, and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. In addition to Spanish commentaries on the Petrine epistles and Thessalonian letters, his publications include The Letters to the Thessalonians and Jude and 2 Peter and Vox Petri: A Theology of Peter. (Adapted from publisher’s website).

The Book (from the publisher): “Peter stands at the beginning of Christian theology. Christianity’s central confessions regarding the person of Jesus, the cross, salvation, the inclusive nature of the people of God, and the end of all things come to us through the apostle who was not only the church’s leader but also its first theologian. Peter is the apostle for the whole church and the whole church resonates with his theology. We sing his song, though we may not have glanced at the bottom of the page in the hymnbook to see who wrote the words and composed the tune. Peter is the “lost boy” of Christian theology, a person overlooked as a theological innovator and pillar, but his rightful place is at the head of the table. If we look closely, however, we may recognize that he has been seated there all along.”

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