Holman Bible Dictionary


(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. above).

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).


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Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'SIMON'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<http://www.studylight.org/dic/hbd/view.cgi?number=T5906>. 1991.