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Simon

the abbreviated form of Simeon

This was the name of nine biblical men:

  1. Simon Peter, the apostle—one of Christ's twelve disciples (Matthew 4:18)

    For more information, see: Peter.

  2. Simon, the father of Judas Iscariot (John 6:71; 13:2, 26)

  3. Simon the Zealot or Canaanite—one of the twelve apostles

    He is called Simon the Canaanite in Matthew 10:4 and Mark 3:18. This word “Canaanite” does not mean a native of Canaan, but is derived from the Syriac word Kanean or Kaneniah, which was the name of a Jewish sect. The Revised Version has “Cananaean;” marginal note, “or Zealot”

    He is also called “Zelotes” (Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13; Revised Version, “the Zealot”), because previous to his call to the apostleship he had been a member of the fanatical sect of the Zealots. There is no other biblical record of him.

  4. Simon, a brother of Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3)

    See: Mary’s other children

  5. Simon, the Pharisee in whose house “a woman of the city which was a sinneranointed our Lord's feet with ointment (Luke 7:36-38)

  6. Simon the leper of Bethany, in whose house Mary anointed our Lord's head with ointment “as he sat at meat” (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9)

  7. Simon who carried Christ’s cross—a Jew of Cyrene (in North Africa, then a province of Libya)

    A hundred thousand Jews from Israel had been settled in this province by Ptolemy Soter (B.C. 323-285), where by this time they had greatly increased in number. They had a synagogue in Jerusalem for such of their number as went thither to the annual feasts. Simon was seized by the soldiers as the procession wended its way to the place of crucifixion as he was passing by, and the heavy cross which Christ from failing strength could no longer bear was laid on his shoulders. Perhaps they seized him because he showed sympathy with Jesus.

    He was the “father of Alexander and Rufus” (Matthew 27:32).

    Possibly this Simon may have been one of the “men of Cyrene” who preached the word to the Greeks (Acts 11:20).

  8. Simon the sorcerer—of great repute for his magical arts among the Samaritans (Acts 8:9-11)

    He afterwards became a professed convert to the faith under the preaching of Philip the deacon and evangelist (12-13). His profession was, however, soon found to be hollow. His conduct drew a stern rebuke from Peter (8:18-23). From this moment, he disappears from the Church’s history.

    The term “Simony,” as denoting the purchase for money of spiritual offices, is derived from him.

  9. Simon the tanner—a Christian at Joppa, a tanner by trade, with whom Peter on one occasion lodged (Acts 9:43)