St. Peter's Basilica, believed to be the burial site of St. Peter, seen from the River Tiber Relics [ edit ] According to a letter quoted by Bede , Pope Vitalian sent a cross containing filings said to be from Peter's chains to the queen of Oswy , Anglo-Saxon King of Northumbria in 665, as well as unspecified relics of the saint to the king.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Peter
St. Peter's Basilica, believed to be the burial site of St. Peter, seen from the River Tiber Relics [ edit ] According to a letter quoted by Bede , Pope Vitalian sent a cross containing filings said to be from Peter's chains to the queen of Oswy , Anglo-Saxon King of Northumbria in 665, as well as unspecified relics of the saint to the king.
St. Peter the Apostle, original name Simeon or Simon, (died 64 ce, Rome [Italy]), disciple of Jesus Christ, recognized in the early Christian church as the leader of the 12 disciples and by the Roman Catholic Church as the first of its unbroken succession of popes.
In 1950 human bones were discovered beneath the alter of St. Peter's Basilica and many claimed they belonged to Peter. In 1953 an excavation found St. Peter's tomb in Jerusalem bearing his previous name Simon, as well as the tombs of the other apostles, Mary, and Jesus. In the 1960s, discarded debris from the excavation beneath St. Peter's ...
- Early Life
- His Times
- Association with Jesus
- Roman Sojourn
- Peter's Death
- Further Reading on St. Peter
- Additional Biography Sources
Peter's original name was Simon, Peter being a name given to him by Jesus. At the time of Jesus' public life, Peter was a grown man. This would place his birth sometime around the end of the 1st century B.C. Of his early life, we know little except that he came from the village of Bethsaida in Galilee and that his father was a fisherman.By the time he met and joined Jesus, he was already married (Mark 1:30); he lacked any formal education (Acts 4:13); and he worked the fishing nets with his f...
As far as can be judged, Peter was a member of the ordinary people of Palestine, who were normally considered by educated Jewish classes to belong to Am harez, the people of the land. This term was used in a derogatory fashion to describe those who were ignorant of the niceties and deeper values of Judaism and the Jewish way of life. In addition, Peter was a Galilean and therefore shared the spirit of independence and opposition to Jerusalem which was traditional in that northern province.Rec...
Peter and Andrew were among the first to be chosen by Jesus to be his close followers. Thereafter Peter accompanied Jesus everywhere. Jesus gave Peter the added name of Cephas, an Aramaic appellation meaning \\"rock.\\" This was translated into Greek as Petros (from the Greek petra, \\"rock\\") and became the Latin Petrus and the English Peter. The Gospels differ as to when Jesus conferred this name on him.Throughout the public life of Jesus, Peter is represented in the Gospels as the spokesman and t...
From all we can learn and surmise, it does appear that Peter occupied a position of importance in Rome and was martyred there under the rule of Nero (37-68). The earliest testimony comes from a letter of Clement written about the year 96 in Rome. A letter of Ignatius of Antioch (died ca. 110) also implies Peter's presence and authority in Rome, as does the saying of Gaius, a Roman cleric (ca. 200). Gaius speaks of the Vatican shrine and the \\"founders\\" of this church. Finally, all the early li...
In the Gospel of John, we learn that Jesus alluded to St. Peter’s death. He said, “When you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go” (John 21:18). Unfortunately, the death of Peter isn’t reported anywhere in the Bible. Writers of the time, however, say he died by crucifixion under the reign of Emperor Nero in 64 A.D.When faced with his fate, Peter asked to be crucified upside down. It is said he did not feel worthy to be m...
For accounts of Peter's life and work see William T. Walsh, St. Peter, the Apostle (1948), and Oscar Cullmann, Peter: Disciple, Apostle, Martyr: A Historical and Theological Study (trans. 1953). See also Jocelyn Toynbee and John Ward-Perkins, The Shrine of St. Peter and the Vatican Excavations (1956), and Engelbert Kirschbaum, The Tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul (trans. 1959).
Barrett, Ethel, Peter, the story of a deserter who became a forceful leader, Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1982.Dyet, James T., Peter, apostle of contrasts, Denver, Colo.: Accent Books, 1982.Grant, Michael, Saint Peter: a biography, New York: Scribner, 1995. □Updates by Kit Kittelstad
The life of St. Peter may be conveniently considered under the following heads: Until the Ascension of Christ St. Peter in Jerusalem and Palestine after the Ascension Missionary journeys in the East; the Council of the Apostles
The Apostle Peter may have been the most outspoken of the twelve apostles in Jesus’ ministry on earth. He certainly became one of the boldest witnesses for the faith. His beginnings were certainly humble in origin. He was born about 1 B.C. and died sometime around A.D. 67.
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