Petrine Theology

Petrine Theology

Douglas W. Kennard


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Using a similar method to Kennard's biblical theology of Jesus, Hebrews, and Isaiah, Kennard's Petrine Theology makes contributions to Peter's theology, including: Peter's Jewish heritage, bridging from Jesus to Paul, expressing compatible sovereignty and free will, high Christology, missional Trinity, Hebraic anthropology, Jewish atonement, redemption and new exodus, gospel as allegiance to Christ, contextual sociological ecclesiology, suffering and spiritual warfare in a narrow virtuous way to kingdom, and nuanced consistent eschatology. The companion volume, Petrine Studies, fills out background issues, narrative biographical theology, and practical life concerns from Mark. Following a combination of Mark, Peter's sermons in Acts and Petrine epistles, Gene Green claims that Petrine theology makes unique contributions to Christian theology. Pheme Perkins concurs, "Peter is the universal 'foundation' for all the churches . . . There is no figure who compasses more of that diversity than Peter." F. J. Foakes-Jackson concluded, "the very fact that Peter was singled out by the unanimous voice of the writers of the NT for pre-eminence is sufficient reason why he should demand our serious attention." James Dunn celebrated, "Peter was probably in fact and effect the bridge-man (pontifex maximus!) who did more than any other to hold together the diversity of first-century Christianity."


Douglas W. Kennard:
Douglas W. Kennard is professor of Christian Scriptures at Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is author of Petrine Studies (2022), A Biblical Theology of the Book of Isaiah (2020), A Biblical Theology of Hebrews (2018), The Gospel (2017), Epistemology and Logic in the New Testament (2016), Biblical Covenantalism—three volumes (2015), A Critical Realist’s Theological Method (2013), Messiah Jesus: Christology in His Day and Ours (2008), The Relationship Between Epistemology, Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology and Contextualization (1999), The Classical Christian God (2002), and, with Marv Pate, Deliverance Now and Not Yet (2003, 2005).