Some early fathers deny Peter’s special place amongst the disciples

If anyone asks for what cause he asked Simon only, though the other disciples were present, and what he means by “Feed my lambs,” and the like, we answer that St. Peter, with the other disciples, had been already chosen to the Apostleship, but because meanwhile Peter had fallen (for under great fear he had thrice denied the Lord), he now heals him that was sick, and exacts a threefold confession in place of his triple denial, contrasting the former with the latter, and compensating the fault with the correction.” Can you cite an earlier patristic interpretation of the passage that supports the Roman contention, or is this not the earliest interpretation?

Cyril of Alexandria (c. 370-444)


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