Oh, but it does. It indicates that Jesus was speaking Aramaic, not Greek, when he named Simon “Rock” in Mt 16:18. The English translation in both Greek and Aramaic is, “You are Rock and on this rock . . .” But it’s emphatically clear in the original Aramaic.
The fact that Matt. the divinely inspired writer of his gospel uses the Greek word petros in reference to Peter,
How do you know Matthew wrote “his gospel”? The Gospels are anonymous. The Catholic Church added the authors’ names.
How do you know the author of Matthew was “divinely inspired”? The gospel doesn’t tell you that, and even if it did, that wouldn’t prove it. The Catholic Church, founded by Christ – guided by her ever-present companion, the Holy Spirit – declared that the Gospel of Matthew was divinely inspired (God-breathed) Scripture. Otherwise, we’d have no way of knowing that. First you were told – then you believed it.
The Greek is a translation from the Aramaic, a Hebrew dialect, the words Jesus spoke. There are other indications of the underlying Aramaic besides the Scripture quotes I gave you in my previous post – “flesh and blood,” “bind and loose,” “blessed art thou,” and more are Aramaic phrases used in Scripture.
Quoting Papias, c. A.D. 130 – Matthew, indeed, composed the Sayings in the Hebrew language; and each one translated them to the best of his ability." --end quote-- William A. Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Volume 1, p.38
The Swiss Protestant theologian, Oscar Cullmann, wrote:
–quote – . . . [T]he great antiquity and the Palestinian origin of the section [Matthew 16:17 ff.] may today be considered beyond question. This is shown by the quite Semetic linguistic character of this section. . . The parallelism of the two statements: “you are rock and upon this rock I will build my church” shows that the second rock refers to nothing different from the first one. This is clearly expressed in the Aramaic, where the same word kepha occurs both times, than it is in the Greek. . . Thus here the name and the thing are exactly identical. --end quote-- Oscar Cullman, Peter, Disciple, Apostle, Martyr, translator Floyd V. Filson, (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1953) 185, 206, 185.
–quote-- In Aramaic there is identity: “You are Kepha and upon this kepha I will build . . .” Another Semitism, ‘gates of hades’ for ‘powers of death,’ [Mt 16:18] plus the Semitisms ‘flesh and blood’ in the preceding verse and ‘bind and loose’ in the following verse (also the presence of Semetic parallelisms), constitute impressive evidence for proposing that these verses originated in a setting where Aramaic was a native tongue . . . – end quote – Raymond E Brown et al., Peter in the New Testament Paulist, New York, 1973, pp. 90-91.
and every other place in the bible where you see the word Peter this word is used,
Uh, um, how about Kepha (Cephas)? John 1:42. See other verses cited in my previous post.
and then when Matt. wants to denote who Jesus founded His church on uses the word petra, which is NEVER used to refer to Peter,
Petros/petra was as close as Greek could come to translating the Aramaic – 'You are Rock (Petros, Kepha, Peter) and on this rock (petra, kepha, Peter) I will build my church. . . ’ Petra is feminine and was required grammatically in the Greek language (which is all Greek to me).
but it is used to refer to Himself. This has a huge bearing.
Jesus called himself petra? Citation(s) please,
add to this the fact that in the beginning of the passage Jesus asks Who do men say that** I AM and who do YOU say that I AM**. The conclusion is clear Jesus is telling them that He has founded His church on Himself.
Jesus said: ‘Simon, you are Rock and upon myself I will build my church’??? Yeah, sure, that makes perfect sense.
I think Jesus was capable of saying what He meant – and He did. He changed Simon’s name to Rock and built His Church upon him as the leader.
Your opinion conflicts with Ephesians 2:19-20, which says the Church is built upon the Apostles and Prophets, with Christ as the cornerstone.
Jesus is the head of the Church; He reigns over it from heaven. Peter (and his successors) was named head of the Church on earth, Christ’s deputy, His prime minister, assisted by all the other Apostles.
Ya, I disagree with this. As I have shown Keys is used to denote knowledge and in this case the knowledge is of the kingdom, which is attained by the words of Jesus. The power to bind and loose is the power to bind or loose people to the kingdom of God to the extent that the word was preached to and/or recieved by those people.
The NT is the fulfillment of the OT. To be continued in another post tomorrow.
How did the first Christians, who were taught directly and personally by the Apostles and their disciples centuries before there was a New Testament, understand these issues?
Peace be with you, Jim Dandy