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Be the first to submit a review on this product! Barely a Crime. The New Testament reports that Peter was unlearned in the sense that he was untrained in the Mosaic Law Acts , and it is doubtful that he knew Greek.

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He apparently learned slowly and erred time and time again, but later, when entrusted with responsibility, he demonstrated that he was mature and capable. The Gospels agree that Peter was called to be a disciple of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry, but when and where the event took place is recorded differently in the several Gospels. Luke —11 scarcely mentions James and John and omits Andrew while emphasizing the call of Peter.

Matthew —22 and Mark Gospel According to Mark —20 note the call of the four men and—with Luke—agree that the event took place at the Sea of Galilee. The Synoptic Gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke are probably correct in recording that the call to Peter was extended in Galilee when Jesus first began his work in that area.

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The Synoptic Gospels largely agree in the amount of emphasis each gives to the leadership of Peter among the Twelve Apostles , but there are differences also. For example, in one case Matthew and Luke note that Peter was the speaker in questioning Jesus about a parable, but Mark attributes these words to the group of disciples Matthew ; Luke ; and Mark With differing degrees of emphasis, the Synoptic Gospels agree that Peter served as spokesman, the outstanding member of the group, and enjoyed a certain precedence over the other disciples. Whenever the disciples are listed, Peter is invariably mentioned first Matthew —4; Mark —19; Luke —16; Acts ; compare only Galatians Those not belonging to the immediate followers of Jesus also recognized the authority of Peter, such as when the collectors of the temple tax approached him for information Matthew Again, with characteristic quickness he sought a clarification from Jesus on behalf of the disciples concerning the meaning of a parable Matthew or of a saying Matthew As both an individual and a representative of the Twelve Apostles, he made a plea for personal preference in the kingdom of heaven as a reward for faithful service Matthew , On several occasions, Peter alone is mentioned by name and others are indicated as merely accompanying him Mark ; Luke It was Peter who possessed remarkable insight and displayed his depth of faith in the confession of Christ as the Son of God Matthew —18; Mark ; Luke , and it was Peter who rebuked, and in turn was rebuked by, Jesus when the Master prophesied that he would suffer and die Mark , It was also Peter who manifested the momentary weakness of even the strongest when he denied his Lord Matthew —75; Mark —72; Luke — Later, however, with greater maturity, Peter discovered strength and, as he was charged by Jesus Luke , 32 , effected the strengthening of others.

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Finally, Peter, who survived his denial, is permitted to be the first of the Apostles to see Jesus after the Resurrection Luke The Gospel According to John attempts to show the close relationship between John and Jesus while still reserving to Peter the role of representative and spokesman.

Fortunately, the Vatican looks nothing like what was just described, and neither do many of the churches dedicated to martyrs with the exception of some built in the twentieth century. When the Visigoths sacked Rome in AD , many pagan Romans interpreted it as a punishment from the old gods for adopting Christianity as the official religion. For Roman citizens, Christian and pagan alike, the fall of the most important city of the known world was a devastating experience—a sour tragedy.

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But there had to be hope. Augustine took this opportunity to urge the citizens of Rome to not put their faith in a worldly city, but rather in the City of God. Augustine differentiates the City of Man, based in sin and wrongdoing, from the City of God, founded by God and based in grace. Its citizens are all those saved by God and living in their resurrected bodies with God for all eternity in a state of eternal happiness and ecstasy. In the centuries to come, architects would strive to design and build this City of God on earth.

While the most obvious example of this New Jerusalem made manifest on earth is the medieval monastery, the following paragraphs will focus on three elements out of hundreds or thousands of the architecture of the Vatican that provide a physical sign of this eschatological hope: the approach from the city, the piazza, and the obelisk. Photo: Author. One of the seven angels.

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I will show you the bride, the wife of the lamb. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. Before the bulldozing of the Spina to make way for the present Via della Conciliazione, the end destination the tomb of Saint Peter was slowly and carefully revealed from the urban fabric through the piazza, narthex, nave, baldacchino, and finally, the tomb.

This is an architectural and urban manifestation of eschatological hope: a small physical expression of the history of the City of God and how He has slowly revealed Himself to His people.