Peter: The Black Hole


Peter’s enormous influence, conspicuous absence, and deliberate concealment in the New Testament likens him to a black hole: When an important figure like Silas got near, he too was blacked out, impossible to locate, made invisible by Luke and Paul.

A Black Hole is “a celestial object that has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape it and that is believed to be created especially in the collapse of a very massive star.” (Merriam Webster)

According to my simplified definition, it is something so massive that its gravitational pull lets no light escape. It is there, but it cannot be seen. To the naked eye, it looks like nothing is there. But the absence is conspicuous. Anything around it disappears.

Sometime between September 2016 and July 2017 I began to map out every minor name in the New Testament, from Epaphras to Sosthenes. I wanted to know where…

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