View Full Version : The Christian Apostles; What were their real names?

Sir George Cayley
8th Feb 2009, 19:14
Just musing. Given that the disciples were ethnic Arabs living in the middle east 2000+ years ago, the names Matt, Marky, Luke an' John don't seem particularly local?

St Paul was Saul. But what about Peter?

The names in the Authorised Bible seem, well a tad English.

I'm comfy with many teachings the Bible gives us (except the bit about coverting my neighbours ass, which is heavenly) but just curious if history indicates the names these guys mothers called them in for tea by?

Sir George Cayley

B Fraser
8th Feb 2009, 19:41
errrrrrm Abdul, Mohammed etc ?????

Doesn't sit very well with the concept of the C of E god being white, speaking English, playing cricket etc.

tony draper
8th Feb 2009, 19:44
Hmmm well hardly supprising is it,todays Bible was written by a Englishman you know,err I forget his name now but I think Old Henry had him burned at the Stake.

8th Feb 2009, 20:12
"Thomas" was named "Didymus" by JC....I seem to remember it`s Aramaic for twin....JC recognising some spiritual similarities between himself and his disciple.

8th Feb 2009, 20:52
Aramaic personal names in the New Testament (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic_of_Jesus#Aramaic_personal_names_in_the_New_Testament )

8th Feb 2009, 23:40
Well there was Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful...............

9th Feb 2009, 00:14
Ethnic Arabs they weren't, unless I'm having a bad day.

They were Jewish, with Aramaic names. The names in the New Testament are the Greek versions of them, then transliterated into English by the translators in the 16th Century.

If you want the Aramaic, I'll have a burrow in my bookshelf and see what I can find (if younger daughter hasn't borrowed the relevant books).

Peter was Simon (cf Shimon in modern Israel). Jesus renamed him Cephas, which is Aramaic for "rock". The Greek for rock is πετρα - petra, hence Peter.

Buster Hyman
9th Feb 2009, 01:48
Wasn't there a Kevin of Hebron?:confused:

9th Feb 2009, 01:56
They didn't play Cricket, it was baseball. I think one was named Abner.

9th Feb 2009, 09:42
Whatever their real names, being pretty ordinary sorts of working guys - fishermen, civil servants and the like - they'd have used nicknames just like everybody everywhere on the planet does. Simon was hard to deal with so they called him Pete, there was Jim and Jimmy so you could tell them apart, Tom was the one who had doubts about everything and of course that dubious character Jude. As for the rest you can work them out for yourselves... ;)