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Rebuke or Recall? Rethinking the Role of Peter in Mark’s Gospel

Whitaker, Robyn J (2013) Rebuke or Recall? Rethinking the Role of Peter in Mark’s Gospel. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 75. pp. 666-682. ISSN 0008-7912


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In the Gospel of Mark, the author distinguishes Peter above all the other disciples. Yet Peter fails Jesus, leading one to question why the author singles him out in this way. First, Peter attempts to rebuke Jesus for speaking of his imminent suffering (8:32), and, second, Peter denies Jesus three times (14:66-72). In contrast to previous scholarship, this paper argues that Peter is reinstated as a disciple following both incidents and that Jesus’ rebuke of Peter in 8:33 functions as an immediate recall to discipleship. Similarly, after the denial, Peter is recalled by name to go and see the risen Jesus and begin anew as a follower of Christ (16:7).

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Discipleship, Mark, Peter, Rebuke
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Revd Dr Robyn Whitaker
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 04:48
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 04:48
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2020

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