St Peter The Apostle Coloring Pages

The precise meaning of the Aramaic word is disputed, some saying that its usual meaning is “rock” or “crag”, others saying that it means rather “stone” and, particularly in its application by Jesus to Simon, “precious stone” or “jewel”, but most scholars agree that as a proper name it denotes a rough or tough character. Both meanings, “stone” (jewel or hewn stone) and “rock”, are indicated in dictionaries of Aramaic and Syriac. Catholic theologian Rudolf Pesch argues that the Aramaic cepha means “stone, ball, clump, clew” and that “rock” is only a connotation; that in the Attic Greek petra denotes “grown rock, rocky range, cliff, grotto”; and that petros means “small stone, firestone, sling stone, moving boulder”.

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