The Life and Witness of Peter


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IVP Academic
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6.28 X 9.11 X 1.05 inches | 1.11 pounds

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About the Author

Larry R. Helyer is emeritus professor of biblical studies at Taylor University. He is the author of Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period and The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John, both from IVP Academic.


"This book fills a neglected area of study in NT theology. . . . The Life and Witness of Peter is one of a number of recent publications on the apostle and his epistles and helps to demonstrate a renewed interest in the Petrine writings, particularly in regard to ecumenical studies. The style of writing is simple and accessible to lay people and students in biblical studies. . . . This book has the advantage of bringing together all references to Peter in the NT. The author's commanding knowledge of intertestamental literature, as presented in Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period, also helps to set the context of first-century Christianity and challenging passages in the Petrine epistles."

--Denis Fortin, Seminary Studies, Autumn 2013

"Perhaps the primary significance of Helyer's work is the role it plays in the contemporary renewal of interest in the person and theology of Peter, the Rock."

--Gene L. Green, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, December 2013

"The Life and Witness of Peter would be one of the first books I would recommend for students, pastors, and others interested in the life and legacy of the Apostle Peter. It is thoroughly readable, refreshingly conservative, and written by a brother whose interpretive posture has been benefited by the word he is handling. . . . Helyer is clearly a most able scholar and teacher, and while this book is accessible to all, it does not avoid the tough questions. He manages throughout the book to simply, but not simplistically, explain and suggest sensible solutions to the whole range of complex issues that surround the topics under discussion in the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Petrine Epistles most specifically. As an introduction to Peter, it is deceptively perceptive and will enrich students and scholars alike."

--David K. Burge, Themelios 38, Issue 2, August 2013

"Written out of the IVP Academic stable, you expect this to be a scholarly work and it does not disappoint. . . . Like a famous painting which you think you know well, this is a book which forces you to go back to the original picture and see for yourself. It's not easy to make an overly academic treatment flow well on the page. Our author pulls it off in a masterly way. But you must be the judge of that."

--Peter Baker, Evangelicals Now, June 2013

"For many lay readers as well as ministers who desire to immerse themselves in an evangelical canonical reading of the apostle Peter, Helyer's offering will be a 'just right' introduction to that fascinating figure."

--Dalen C. Jackson, Review and Expositor, Spring 2015

"Helyer adeptly navigates the text to glean insights on the most significant themes and ideas, while his awareness of the exegetical alternatives is apparent, and he is genuinely charitable toward dissenting opinions. Those who share the author's presuppositions will likely find a great deal of useful and edifying material concerning Peter's theology, and this is precisely where the book's greatest strength lies."

--Timothy P. Henderson, The Review of Biblical Literature, August 2013