49 Facts About Apostle Peter


Apostle Peter appears repeatedly and prominently in all four gospels as well as the Acts of the Apostles.

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Apostle Peter is the brother of Saint Andrew, and both were fishermen.

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Apostle Peter is mentioned, under either the name Peter or Cephas, in Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians and the Epistle to the Galatians.

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In Luke, Simon Apostle Peter owns the boat that Jesus uses to preach to the multitudes who were pressing on him at the shore of Lake Gennesaret.

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Matthew additionally describes Apostle Peter walking on water for a moment but beginning to sink when his faith wavers.

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Apostle Peter initially refused to let Jesus wash his feet, but when Jesus told him: "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me", Apostle Peter replied: "Lord, not my feet only, but my hands and my head".

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Simon Apostle Peter was twice arraigned, with John, before the Sanhedrin and directly defied them.

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Simon Apostle Peter applied the message of the vision on clean animals to the gentiles and follows his meeting with Cornelius the Centurion by claiming that "God shows no partiality".

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Acts 12 narrates how Apostle Peter, who was in Jerusalem, was put into prison by Agrippa I, but was rescued by an angel.

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Apostle Peter is regarded as the first leader of the early Church, though he was eclipsed in this leadership by James the Just, "the Brother of the Lord".

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Apostle Peter is 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.

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Apostle Peter is their spokesman at several events, he conducts the election of Matthias, his opinion in the debate over converting Gentiles was crucial, etc.

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In John's gospel, Apostle Peter is the first person to enter the empty tomb, although the women and the beloved disciple see it before him.

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In Luke's account, the women's report of the empty tomb is dismissed by the apostles, and Peter is the only one who goes to check for himself, running to the tomb.

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Dunn proposes that Apostle Peter was a "bridge-man" between the opposing views of Paul and James the Just [italics original]:.

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Apostle Peter was probably in fact and effect the bridge-man who did more than any other to hold together the diversity of first-century Christianity.

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Paul affirms that Peter had the special charge of being apostle to the Jews, just as he, Paul, was apostle to the Gentiles.

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Some argue James the Just was bishop of Jerusalem whilst Apostle Peter was bishop of Rome and that this position at times gave James privilege in some situations.

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Common view of Peter is provided by Jesuit Father Daniel J Harrington, who suggests that Peter was an unlikely symbol of stability.

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The Liber Pontificalis mentions Apostle Peter as having served as bishop of Antioch for seven years, and having potentially left his family in the Greek city before his journey to Rome.

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One is that Apostle Peter had a group of 12 to 16 followers, whom the Clementine writings name.

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However, it is said that the institution of the papacy is not dependent on the idea that Apostle Peter was Bishop of Rome or even on his ever having been in Rome.

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Eusebius of Caesarea relates that when Apostle Peter confronts Simon Magus at Judea, Simon Magus flees to Rome, where the Romans began to regard him as a god.

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Early Church tradition says that Apostle Peter probably died by crucifixion at the time of the Great Fire of Rome in the year 64.

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Tradition locates his burial place where the Basilica of Saint Apostle Peter was later built, directly beneath the Basilica's high altar.

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Catholic tradition holds that Apostle Peter's inverted crucifixion occurred in the gardens of Nero, with the burial in Saint Apostle Peter's tomb nearby.

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The skull of Saint Apostle Peter is claimed to reside in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran since at least the ninth century, alongside the skull of Saint Paul.

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The majority of Saint Apostle Peter's remains are still preserved in Rome, under the high altar of St Apostle Peter's Basilica.

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However, Apostle Peter never bore the title of "Pope" or "Vicar of Christ" in the sense the Catholic Church considers Apostle Peter the first Pope.

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Apostle Peter is the light, and yet you are the light: he is the Priest, and yet he maketh Priests: he is the rock, and he made a rock.

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Apostle Peter is often depicted in both Western and Eastern Christian art holding a key or a set of keys.

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Apostle Peter was instructed by Christ to strengthen his brethren, i e, the apostles.

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Apostle Peter greets some fifty people in Rome by name, but not Peter whom he knew.

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Oscar Cullmann, a Lutheran theologian and distinguished Church historian, disagrees with Luther and the Protestant reformers who held that by "rock" Christ did not mean Apostle Peter, but meant either himself or the faith of His followers.

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Apostle Peter believes the meaning of the original Aramaic is very clear: that "Kepha" was the Aramaic word for "rock", and that it was the name by which Christ called Peter.

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Forty-four said, Apostle Peter's faith is the rock, The remainder looked upon the whole body of believers as the rock.

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The Orthodox hold that Apostle Peter did not act as leader at the Council of Jerusalem, but as merely one of a number who spoke.

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The different orders of liturgies used for sanctification of Church buildings, marriage, ordination, et cetera, reveal that the primacy of Apostle Peter is a part of living faith of the Church.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that Apostle Peter was the first leader of the early Christian church after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, recorded in multiple revelations that the resurrected Peter appeared to him and Oliver Cowdery in 1829, near Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, in order to bestow the apostleship and keys of the kingdom as part of a restoration of priesthood authority.

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An old tradition, which involves the legend of Habib the Carpenter, mentions that Apostle Peter was one of the three disciples sent to Antioch to preach to the people there.

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Apostle Peter appears in the writings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, often referred to as The Rock:.

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Daniel B Wallace writes that, for many scholars, "the issue of authorship is already settled, at least negatively: the apostle Peter did not write this letter" and that "the vast bulk of NT scholars adopts this perspective without much discussion".

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Two Epistles attributed to St Apostle Peter differ in style, character, and the construction of the words, which proves that according to the exigencies of the moment St Apostle Peter made use of different interpreters.

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Jerome says that Apostle Peter "wrote two epistles which are called Catholic, the second of which, on account of its difference from the first in style, is considered by many not to be by him".

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Fragmentary Gospel of Apostle Peter contains an account of the death of Jesus differing significantly from the canonical gospels.

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In traditional iconography, Apostle Peter has been shown very consistently since early Christian art as an oldish, thick-set man with a "slightly combative" face and a short beard, and usually white hair, sometimes balding.

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Narrative images of Apostle Peter include several scenes from the Life of Christ where he is mentioned in the gospels, and he is often identifiable in scenes where his presence is not specifically mentioned.

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Saint Apostle Peter Attempting to Walk on Water, by Francois Boucher, 1766.

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