Better than “great”

None of the Apostles is as sharply characterized in the Gosepls as Peter. He was better than great . . . his was a deep and warm humanity. His heart was honest, ardent, and generous, if also rash, and his talkativenss was constantly getting him in trouble. The Lord often had to take the wind out of Peters sails, but the good-natured fisherman was never offended; he emerged from each humiliatian as eager and affectionate as ever.