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The Name of Peter
« on: January 30, 2005, 08:12:43 PM »
Since Orthodoxy believes that Christ was the Rock on which the Church was founded, not Peter, why did Jesus change the name of Peter from Simon to Peter?  Was it becasue Peter's faith was like a rock, because he was the first of the Apostles to recognize the divinity of Christ?  Thanks! 
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Re: The Name of Peter
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2005, 09:03:36 PM »
His name is changed from Simon to Petros, which means "small stone".

"You are petros (small stone) and on this Petra (large rock) I will build my Church."
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Re: The Name of Peter
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2005, 09:06:38 PM »
Well, If you look at the text, even in Latin fropm 16 Matthew, "Tu es Petrus (little stone), et super hank petram (Large Boulder) aedificabo ecclesian meam" Christ was the large Boulder, and Peter the little rock. Basically. it is points to St. Peter being kind of a "chip off the old block", for lack of a better term. he was hoping to be christ like, and took the title with great zeal.

This is at least what I see in it. :)

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Re: The Name of Peter
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2005, 09:20:51 PM »
But then there is the whole issue that some Eastern Church Fathers, and basically all the pre-Schism Western Fathers, say that St. eter was indeed the Rock of Matt. 16:18.

I am aware, of course, of Fathers who said that it was St. Peter's confession.
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Re: The Name of Peter
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2005, 11:12:54 PM »
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But then there is the whole issue that some Eastern Church Fathers, and basically all the pre-Schism Western Fathers, say that St. eter was indeed the Rock of Matt. 16:18.

I have found that some of these Western confessions depend on how you look at them and also that once they're in the proper context this is not always the case. 
Although there are a few sticky ones I'll grant you.
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Re: The Name of Peter
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2005, 04:21:19 PM »
The Fathers spoke up in support of both Peter and his confession being the rock.

Check here and here for stuff I've said about this before.
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