Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Peter

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Peter

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When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes,for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. John 21:7

Fishing, he could be naked, just a man, a body in the sun, sleeked by the waves, the net's rough cord burning the rough hand,

the boat leaping and ducking, alert, alive to the sea, wet planks lifting beneath bare feet, head lifting to the call, all ready to dive

not ready, stopping to reach beneath the seat for the coarse cloth, to pull it on, to gird the loins, cover the belly, the cock in its neat

nest. Once before Peter had heard that voice across the water-naked? dressed?no matter; the voice so raised, so stirred

him that he strode on the sea, a stride arrested by fear, heard, recovered, and walked far. Then. Now. Then. Adam, beckoned, after he tested

the fruit heard a strange dear voice in the garden and knew shame, knew nakedness, knew loss. …

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