Wednesday, August 5, 2009

NT Pod 7: Simon Peter in Matthew's Gospel

Episode 7 of the NT Pod discusses Simon Peter in Matthew's Gospel, suggesting that Matthew develops Mark's portrayal of Simon Peter as the character for whom "Christ crucified" is a skandalon ("stumbling block").

It is eight and a half minutes long. Feel free to leave your comments below.

NT Pod Episode 7: Simon Peter in Matthew's Gospel (mp3)

Key texts: Matthew 13:20-21, 14:22-33, 16:13-23.

Programme notes on the NT Blog.

Previous NT Pods referenced: NT Pod 5: Simon Peter in Mark and NT Pod 3: What is Redaction?

Thanks to Ram2000, Me and You, for the opening theme, released under a Creative Commons agreement.


  1. I particularly liked to methodological remark concerning how narrative criticism can inform redaction criticism. Also, I often speed right by the parts they have in common whilst looking for how they differ - that was a most helpful reminder.

  2. Thanks, Brian. It's a comment I hope to return to in due course.

  3. I would second Brian's comment. Though, I think redaction criticism is a good starting point if not 'the' starting point for narrative criticism. Good discussion of the texts Mark, thanks for this. Interestingly, I would think (shooting from the hip here) that Mark and Matthew would be similar with their portrayal with all the disciples, not just Peter, though also different with Matthew's portrayl of all the disciples in its spiritually concerated movement from beginning to end---especially with Mark's abrupt ending which really has all disciples in view as Matthew's positive ending has all disciples in view. Did all that blabber just make sense? Would you agree Mark?

  4. Thanks, Rob. Good thoughts; I think I agree.

  5. Hi Mr. Goodacre! I know this is an old podcast but nevertheless, I thank you for breaking down this whole thing for me. I am writing a paper on the Synoptic Gospels but needed a foundation of understanding to even starting planning out my paper, and your podcast really helped tremendously!

  6. I'm delighted to hear it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.