I just wanted to preface post #1 by saying:
All Christians belonging to the Catholic Church, believe that Jesus is of course the Divine Rock/Cornerstone on which His church is built.
I was thinking about the different interpretations of sola scriptura among sola scriptura proponents which got me thinking about something else:
Of all the non-Catholics here, (at least those who respond to the thread) - how many believe (or don’t believe) - that the words Petros and Petra are, respectively, the masculine and feminine of the same word rock, as opposed to being 2 different words with 2 different meanings, those being small rock contrasted with big rock?
Also, how many believe that the second rock is, grammatically speaking, referring to the first rock, that being Simon, renamed rock?
The consensus among protestant scholars seems to reflect what the Greek scholar Gerhard Kittel has to say about it:
*“The obvious pun which has made its way into the Greek text suggests a material identity between Petra and Petros as it is impossible to differentiate strictly between the two words. Only the fairly assured Aramaic original enables us to assert with confidence the formal and material identity between Petra and Petros, Pertra equals Kefa which equals Petros. Petros himself is this Petra, not just his faith or his confession. The idea of the reformers that He was referring to the faith of Peter is quite inconceivable, for there is no reference here to the faith of Peter, rather the parallelism of that are rock and upon this rock I will build shows the second rock can only be referring to Peter, to whom he has given the name rock. To this extent Roman Catholic Exegesis is right and all Protestant attempts to evade this interpretation are to be rejected.” *
Please feel free to quote other protestant scholars who agree with Gerhard Kittel or disagree? I would enjoy reading what either have to say!