Past and Prophesied Information about the original Elijah and some information about the Elijah-related prophecies.
In some Syriac documents he is called, in English translation, Simon Cephas. In the New Testamenthe is among the first of the disciples called during Jesus' ministry. Peter became the first listed apostle ordained by Jesus in the early church.
The Gospel of John also depicts Peter fishing, even after the resurrection of Jesus, in the story of the Catch of fish.
Immediately after this, they follow him. Andrew then went to his brother Simon, saying, "We have found the Messiah ", and then brought Simon to Jesus. Matthew additionally describes Peter walking on water for a moment but beginning to sink when his faith wavers.
Peter initially refused to let Jesus wash his feet, but when Jesus responded: The three Synoptic Gospels all mention that, when Jesus was arrested, one of his companions cut off the ear of a servant of the High Priest.
When he asks, "Who do you say that I am? Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Cephas Peter Petrosand on this rock petra I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Harringtonwho suggests that Peter was an unlikely symbol of stability.
While he was one of the first disciples called and was the spokesman for the group, Peter is also the exemplar of "little faith". In Matthew 14Peter will soon have Jesus say to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt? Thus, in light of the Easter event, Peter became an exemplar of the forgiven sinner.
The word used for "rock" petra grammatically refers to "a small detachment of the massive ledge",  not to a massive boulder. Thus, Orthodox Sacred Tradition understands Jesus' words as referring to the apostolic faith.
Denial of Peter The Denial of Saint Peter, by Caravaggio All four canonical gospels recount that, during the Last SupperJesus foretold that Peter would deny him three times before the following cockcrow "before the cock crows twice" in Mark's account.
The three Synoptics and John describe the three denials as follows: A denial when a female servant of the high priest spots Simon Peter, saying that he had been with Jesus.
According to Mark but not in all manuscripts"the rooster crowed". Only Luke and John mention a fire by which Peter was warming himself among other people: A denial when Simon Peter had gone out to the gateway, away from the firelight, but the same servant girl Mark or another servant girl Matthew or a man Luke and also John, for whom, though, this is the third denial told the bystanders he was a follower of Jesus.
According to John, "the rooster crowed". A denial came when Peter's Galilean accent was taken as proof that he was indeed a disciple of Jesus.
According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, "the rooster crowed". Matthew adds that it was his accent that gave him away as coming from Galilee. Luke deviates slightly from this by stating that, rather than a crowd accusing Simon Peter, it was a third individual. John does not mention the Galilean accent.
The Gospel of John places the second denial while Peter was still warming himself at the fire, and gives as the occasion of the third denial a claim by someone to have seen him in the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested.
In the Gospel of Luke is a record of Christ telling Peter: Resurrection appearances[ edit ] Church of the Primacy of St.
Peter on the Sea of Galilee In John's gospel, Peter is the first person to enter the empty tombalthough the women and the beloved disciple see it before him. After seeing the graveclothes he goes home, apparently without informing the other disciples. The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the Sea of Galilee is seen as the traditional site where Jesus Christ appeared to his disciples after his resurrection and, according to Catholic tradition, established Peter's supreme jurisdiction over the Christian church.
Position among the apostles[ edit ] St. He is also frequently mentioned in the gospels as forming with James the Elder and John a special group within the Twelve Apostles, present at incidents at which the others were not present, such as at the Transfiguration of Jesus at the raising of Jairus' daughter  and at the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Peter is often depicted in the gospels as spokesman of all the Apostles. Some, including the Orthodox Churches, believe this is not the same as saying that the other Apostles were under Peter's orders. In contrast, Jewish Christians are said to have argued that James the Just was the leader of the group.
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