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Matthew 16:18

Peter Streitenberger wrote:
Maybe this passage explains the Name “Petros” out of the function of Simon as a Stone built on the rock (I’m just reasoning a bit)? You’re a Stone and that’s why I call you Petros. Definitely a play of words – but what comes first – the Stone or the Name?

Cf. John 1:42:

ἤγαγεν αὐτὸν (= Σίμωνα) πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν. ἐμβλέψας αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· σὺ εἶ Σίμων ὁ υἱὸς Ἰωάννου, σὺ κληθήσῃ Κηφᾶς, ὃ ἑρμηνεύεται Πέτρος.

There has been considerable discussion over the question whether Κηφᾶς/Cephas, the Aramaic equivalent of Greek πέτρος, is really identical to the apostle Πέτρος, as he is generally thought to be. No doubt Matthew does “etymologize”, but Matthew’s account of the naming and the occasion with which it’s associated doesn’t seem to square with John’s, It’s hard to escape the conclusion that for Matthew the name is associated with the solid foundation of the ἐκκλησία.

Statistics: Posted by cwconrad — November 27th, 2013, 9:57 am

Matthew 13:46


Stephen Carlson » February 26th, 2013, 11:23 am Alan Patterson wrote:I will reread your excellent post, but I want to first thank you for such a detailed answer. To give me a head start, are there any unambiguous examples of 6, which partially reads: it’s basically equivalent to an aorist where no relevance to the current […]

Matthew 25:1-13


There’s a timely item today (νοείτω ὁ ἀναγινώσκων NOEITW hO ANAGINWSKWN) at the Better Bibles Blog by Wayne Leman on the Wise and Foolish Virgins parable in Mt 25. He brings to bear newly-discovered evidence from Josephus to resolve some problems in lexicology as applied to a celebrated festive occasion: Carl W. Conrad Department […]