Peter Streitenberger wrote:Dear friends,
is it absolutely sure that Jesus uses the word Πέτρος in the sense of a proper name in the following Verse:
BYZ Matthew 16:18 Κἀγὼ δέ σοι λέγω, ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος, καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, καὶ πύλαι ᾍδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς.
I think it's possible that he alludes to the function of Petrus, namely as a stone built on the rock, So maybe a rendering as the following is possible: "Also I say to you, you are a stone and on this rock I will build my church".
I have some doubt that it was the intention of Jesus to call Petrus by name here, so maybe an alternative reading would be possible.
What do you think ?
Peter Streitenberger wrote:Maybe this passage explains the Name "Petros" out of the function of Simon as a Stone built on the rock (I'm just reasoning a bit)? You're a Stone and that's why I call you Petros. Definitely a play of words - but what comes first - the Stone or the Name?
ἤγαγεν αὐτὸν (= Σίμωνα) πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν. ἐμβλέψας αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· σὺ εἶ Σίμων ὁ υἱὸς Ἰωάννου, σὺ κληθήσῃ Κηφᾶς, ὃ ἑρμηνεύεται Πέτρος.
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