WILLIAM THOMAS KESSLER, PETER AS THE FIRST WITNESS OF THE RISEN LORD. An Historical and Theological Investigation
The correct way to understand
the ministry of Peter has long been a serious ecumenical problem. Recently
this ministry has been seen increasingly in light of the role assigned
Peter at Easter.
The New Testament refers to this Easter witness of Peter elusively and suggests that it influenced on subsequent under-standings of his ministry. Many scholars have found echoes of this role elsewhere in the New Testament. But there is an ambiguity concerning where and to whom the risen Jesus first appeared at Easter and any memory of a connection between Peter and the Easter proclamation soon faded in explanations of his prominence in the church.
The Easter aspect of Peter's leadership was rediscovered in 19th century studies on church origins. In the 20th century Peter's Easter witness has been regarded in various ways in studies on the resurrection, on Christology, on Peter, and on the church. This study considers the prospects for this theme, especially in light of contemporary notions of the roles of Mary Magdalen and of the papal ministry.
WILLIAM THOMAS KESSLER, born in 1948 in
Newark, Ohio (U.S.A.), was ordained a priest for the diocese of Columbus
in 1974 after studies at St. Charles Seminary, at the Ohio State University,
and at the Gregorian University. He has worked in parochial ministry, has
served as diocesan director of continuing education for priests and of
communications, has edited the diocesan newspaper, and has taught at the
Pontifical College Josephinum, Ohio Northern University, and Kenyon College.
In 1998 he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky.
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