Re: [Synoptic-L] Peter
- At 10:45 AM 5/26/00 +1000, Rick Strelan wrote:
>PETROS appears not to have been a Greek name - more like a nickname forInteresting and creative but the more traditional derivation seems to me
>Simon. Is it possible at all that it is related to/derived from the Hebrew
>PTR which means an interpreter? Revelations written in stone [lithos] are
>of course not unknown. Get the drift?
>Any comments welcome!
more likely, namely that Peter (Greek Petros) translates the Aramaic Cepha
(Cephas). Both mean "stone" or "rock." Would you suggest that Simon had a
Hebrew nickname, PTR, "interpreter," which was then transliterated (nor
translated) into Greek as Petros and that this, in turn, was translated,
with consciousness of the pun (revelations written on stone) into Aramaic
to provide the alternate name, Cephas, for this apostle? I'd need something
more substantial than the hypothetical question above to convince me that
this possibility has much credence.
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