(ssih' muhn) Greek personal name meaning, “flat-nosed.” Used in New
Testament as Greek alternative for Hebrew, “Simeon.” 1. The father
of Judas Iscariot (John 6:71). 2. One of Jesus' disciples; a son of
Jonah (Matthew 16:17) and brother of Andrew. After he confessed
Jesus as the Christ, the Lord changed his name to Peter (Matthew
16:18). See Peter; Simeon.
3. A Pharisee who hosted Jesus at a
dinner (Luke 7:36-40). Simon learned valuable lessons about love,
courtesy, and forgiveness after a sinful woman anointed Jesus at
this event. 4. A native of Cyrene who was forced to carry Jesus'
cross to Golgotha (Mark 15:21). See Cyrene. 5. A tanner of animal
skins who lived in the seaport of Joppa. Peter stayed at his house
(Acts 9:43) and there received a visionary message from God
declaring all foods to be fit for consumption (Acts 10:9-16).
6. Jesus' disciple also called “the
Canaanite” (Matthew 10:4) or the Zealot (Luke 6:15). 7. Brother of
Jesus (Matthew 13:55). 8. A leper who hosted Jesus and saw a woman
anoint Jesus with costly ointment (Matthew 26:6-13; compare 3.
9. A magician from Samaria who believed Philip's preaching, was
baptized, and then tried to buy the power of laying on hands and
giving the Holy Spirit to people (Acts 8:9-24).