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Q&A#114 Why is the Apostle Peter Called Simon Bar-Jonah?

Alastair Roberts

Q&A#114 Why is the Apostle Peter Called Simon Bar-Jonah?

March 9, 2019
Alastair Roberts
Alastair Roberts

Today's question: "I found it odd that Jesus would address Peter as "Simon bar-Jonah" after his declaration of Jesus as the Christ (Matthew 16:17) -- not because it's uncommon for men to be referred to as "the son of" someone in the biblical text, but because the occurrence takes place so soon (in the text) after Jesus' declaration that the only sign that the "wicked and adulterous generation" would receive was "the sign of [what I assume to be the prophet] Jonah" (16:4). Do you see anything beyond the coincidental double appearance of the name Jonah here?"

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