Jesus, Peter & the Keys: A Scriptural Handbook on the Papacy


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Deeply rooted in Scripture,  Jesus, Peter and the Keys will increase your understanding in an area of faith that still divides many Christians:  The role of the Papacy.  This is the first and only book that proves, without doubt, that the Papacy was designed by Jesus and is being carried out as He intended.  This landmark work brings together information from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox sources to give readers of all Christian faiths a clear understanding of the office of St. Peter and his successors.  The authors do an excellent job of examining scriptural evidence and historical data and present their case in easy-to-understand terms both scholars and layman can enjoy.  Also has an Imprimatur.

Table of Contents:

Part One: Saint Peter and the Church

Chapter One: Peter in Matthew 16:18
The Preeminence of Peter
Change in Name – Change in Mission
The Rock of Matthew 16:18
Analysis of the Language in Matthew 16:18
Analysis of the Greek Words Lithos and Petros Relative to Matthew
Analysis of the Greek Words Petros and Petra
Analysis of the Greek Text of Matthew 16:18
Use of the Aramaic Word Kepha in the Greek New Testament
Simon is the First Man Called "Peter"
Prominent Protestants Comment of Peter as the Rock

Chapter Two: Peter and the Keys
The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven are Given to Peter
The Power to Bind and the Loose
Following the Keys to Peter and Christ
Opening/Shutting and Binding/Loosing in Isaiah and Matthew
The Ultimate Authority of the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven
Peter's Power to Bind and Loose as the Human Holder of the Keys
The Delegation of the Keys to Peter
Peter and the Other Apostle's Powers of Binding and Loosing
The Absence of the Keys in Matthew 18:18 and John 20:23
Different Concepts of Church in Matthew 16:18 and 18:17
The Power of Keys as Ordained Authority
The Ramifications of Peter's Power of Binding and Loosing
The Role of Binding and Loosing in the Post-Apostolic Era
Summary Remarks Regarding Matthew 16:18-19

Chapter Three:Peter's Authority in the New Testament Church
Peter's Authority in the Early Church
The Role of the Bishops in the Hierarchy of the Church
Peter's Role in the Council of Jerusalem
James Supports Peter
Welcoming Gentiles into the Church – The Naochide Laws
Paul's Teaching Ten Years After the Council of Jerusalem
Peter Teaches Paul
Language Analysis of the Greek Word Historesai in Galatians 1:18
The Pillars of the Church Teach in Galatians 2:9-10

Chapter Four: Structure and Authority in the Church
The Role of the Shepherd
The Unity of the Church
The Delegation of Covenant Authority
Peter's Fall and the Covenantal Office
The Symbol of Teaching Authority under the Old Covenant
Moses' Seat and Teaching Authority under the New Covenant
The Role of Priest, Prophet and King

Chapter Five: Apostolic Succession and Infallibility
The Visible Church and Her Leaders
The Visible Church Perpetuated Until the End of Time
The Visible Church Confirmed in Apostolic Succession
The Role of Laying on Hands
Choosing Successors to the Apostles
Dynastic Succession and Apostolic Succession
The Lasting Effect of Peter's Apostolic Succession
Infallibility versus Impeccability
Guarding the Deposit of Faith
Jude's "Korah" Warning to the Church to Follow the Hierarchy

Part Two: Historical Sources on the Primacy of Peter and the Roman Church

Chapter Six: St. Peter as the Rock and Key Holder of Matthew 16:18

Chapter Seven: Peter Foreshadowed as the Chief Apostle in Luke 22:32

Chapter Eight: St. Peter as the Chief Shepherd of John 21:15

Chapter Nine: Primacy of the Pope and the Roman Church

Appendix: The Language of Matthew
The Popes of the Catholic Church
Index of Questions
Index of Scriptural Citations
Index of Authors
Index of Persons
Index of Subjects




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