Lives of the Twelve Apostles; to Which Is Prefixed a Life of John the Baptist
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... SIMON PETER. Simon, who also received from our Lord the appellation of Peter, is invariably the first named on all the four lists of the apostles, and was, on several accounts, the chief of their company. He was one of the first who was called to be a disciple; though not the very first, for Andrew his brother appears to have been called before him, or at least at the same time with him. He was distinguished above the rest by the solemn predictions and trusts of his Master, by his uncommon zeal, and by his strong natural talents. He is altogether not only a conspicuous disciple, but a remarkable man. The sacred historians give us more copious accounts of him than of the other apostles, and a distinct conception of his character may be gained from what they relate. He was, as is stated two or three times in the Gospels, the son of John or Jona, who was probably, like his children, a fisherman. The family' had lived in the town of Bethsaida, on the northwestern side of the lake of Genesareth, otherwise called the sea of Tiberias, or the sea of Galilee, * where Peter was born; but they afterwards seem to have removed to the neighboring city of Capernaum, and then consisted, as far as we can ascertain, of Simon himself, his brother, and his father, his wife, and her mother. When Galilee was the scene of our Saviour's ministry, Capernaum was the place of his most constant abode; and it is probable that his resort to it was determined in some measure by its being the residence of Peter, in whose house he is thought to have lodged. As we learn from the Evangelist John, Simon was acquainted with Jesus, and had heard him attentively, before he became one of the selected disciples. His brother Andrew was already one of the disciples of John the..