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Conclusion

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The author follows Peter's trajectory from the earliest references in Paul's letters to the last reference in the canonical gospels, in John. The Papias tradition that claimed is a connection between Mark's Gospel and Peter is probably the result of a careful reading of Mark's Gospel and had a profound influence on the way in which Matthew, Luke and John rewrote the gospel story. In contrast to Mark and Luke, it is first of all Peter's future role that makes him an important disciple in Johns Gospel. In John, Peter's paradigmatic status seems to be a development of Peter's professed willingness to die in Mark 14:31, Matthew 26:35 and Luke 22:33. By indicating that the work was written by a person associated with Paul and by turning Peter into a positive character, the author probably also wanted to outdo the Gospel of Mark.