Saturday, June 9, 2012

F3. With the words, "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it", what name did Jesus use to refer to the fisherman-apostle originally named Simon?

A. Peter, from the Greek 'petros', meaning 'rock' (the root of 'petroleum' -- rock oil, 'petrified' -- turned to stone, etc). In the original Aramaic, which is what Jesus and his disciples spoke, he called him 'Cephas', also meaning 'rock', which was translated when the story was rendered in Latin (in which it was 'Petrus').

18 comments:

  1. peter

    raklodramA

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  2. St Peter
    docmurali

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  3. The Portuguese version of the name is a recent addition to the Sengupta-Dar household :)
    Shaila

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  4. Peter (Saint Peter)

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    1. Which one is your answer? Andrew or Paul? :-D

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  6. Peter

    Julian D'Costa

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    1. Welcome back, Julian. You've missed a hectic season of quizzing, and it's particularly sad that you missed Mahaquizzer and WQC. You would have aced the Schools list on MQ -- the top score nationwide was 33, and I'm confident you would have scored 40 or over.

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