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Robert Gundry

Robert Gundry is no stranger to controversy in the world of evangelical biblical studies. The title of his 2001 book with Eerdmans is proof enough of this: Jesus the Word according to John the Sectarian: A Paleofundamentalist Manifesto for Contemporary Evangelicalism, Especially Its Elites, in North America. Gundry is, of course, more than a polemicist: he’s written a number of standard, highly regarded works — including his Survey of the New Testament, now in its fifth edition — but even so, his new book is bound to ruffle some feathers.

Peter — False Disciple

In Peter — False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew Gundry argues that Peter is not the rock that his name would suggest, at least the way Matthew tells the story. A more fitting metaphor, says Gundry, is the tare, the weed allowed to remain and grow alongside the wheat, but all in vain, with no future in the final harvest.

This original and startling book is a comprehensive examination of the first Gospel. Every mention of Peter is analyzed (along with many likely omissions in departure from source texts), and Gundry concludes that, in Matthew’s account, Peter is ultimately excluded from the kingdom of God, exposed as an apostate instead of elevated as the prince of the apostles.

Robert Gundry is scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. His work in the field of biblical studies, though sometimes provocative, is widely respected, and his books have been translated into many languages around the world.