Marcia Dietrich wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm not a regular contributer, but remembered this group had a lot of
> great information and discussion on the James ossuary when that was a
> hot topic.
> Was wondering if anyone here knows anything on this:
> Supposedly Peter's bones found in a grave in Jerusalem.
> First I find the website source itself questionable (it is
> antiCatholic), then in a quick read I see that the ossuary is only
> marked "Simon bar Jona(h)" and not marked as being Peter which I
> would expect.
> So is there any tradition (direct testimony) that Peter died and was
> buried in Jerusalem? Is this 1953 find one that was long ago
> dismissed with good reason? Any credence at all to this claim?
I met the author of this self published piece some time ago. Let's just
say that both (a) the title of the larger "book" from which it comes,
namely, _Rome in the Red_ , as well as (b) the basic (faulty) premise
underlies all you'll find there and that the author was "arguing" from,
namely, that if one could show that the bones of Peter had not been
found under St. Peter's basilica was wrong, then the whole of
Catholicism and Catholic doctrine collapses, shows that this is hardly
top notch scholarship..
To get a good initial grounding in the just what the traditions about
Peter's death and burial are as well in how they have been viewed by
critical scholarship, you would do well to look at Chapter 13 (Death and
Burial at Rome) of Michael. Grant's _St. Peter_ (Scribner, 1994).
Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
1500 W. Pratt Blvd. #1
Chicago, IL 60626
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