Africa Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Letter of Paul, Letter of Grace, Letter of Christ

In Sermon 162C (Dolbeau 10), on Paul’s rebuke of Peter in Galatians 2 (on the history of the exegesis of this passage, cf. my essay here), Augustine gives a helpful sketch of the various “levels” on which one can speak of the genesis and authorship or “voice” of Scripture, or, to put it another way, […]

Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Joseph Minich Sacred Doctrine

The Conquest of the Rock: A New Look at Matthew 16 and the Keys of the Kingdom

Matthew 16:13-20 has been the subject of enormous controversy in the history of the Christian church. This is particularly the case with respect to the interpretation of its famous “rock” and “keys of the kingdom of heaven” clauses.[1] It is safe to say, in fact, that the church has never quite arrived as a universal […]

Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

“Super Hanc Petram”: Matt. 16.18 in Hilary of Poitiers

It is well known (at least, I think it is) that a prominent strand of the exegesis of Matt. 16.18 (“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” ESV) makes the “rock” not Peter himself, nor the […]