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What was St. Peter's name before Jesus changed it?

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Simon in English. Shimon or Simeon in Hebrew. In the Bible, God renames people of significance and, yes, Catholics along with the greatest majority of Christians believe Jesus is God. God renames Abram to Abraham: “No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations.” (Genesis 17:5) and his wife too, Sarai to Sarah: God further said to Abraham: “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her Sarai; her name shall be Sarah.” (Genesis 17:15) God also renames Jacob as Israel: “What is your name?” the man asked. He answered, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be spoken of as Jacob, but as Israel, because you have contended with divine and human beings and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:28-29) and: God said to him: “You whose name is Jacob shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” (Genesis 35:10) Matthew 16:17-19 states: Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh ... more
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