Simon: The abbreviated form of Simeon.
1. One of the twelve apostles, called the Canaanite
(Matthew 10:4; Mark 3:18)
This word "Canaanite" does not mean a native of Canaan, but
is derived from the Syriac word Kanean or Kaneniah, which was
the name of a Jewish sect. The Revised Version has "Cananaean;"
marg., "or Zealot" He is also called "Zelotes"
(Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13)
R.V., "the Zealot"), because previous to his call to the
apostleship he had been a member of the fanatical sect of the
Zealots. There is no record regarding him.
2. The father of Judas Iscariot
(John 6:71; 13:2,26)
3. One of the brothers of our Lord
(Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3)
4. A Pharisee in whose house "a woman of the city which was a
sinner" anointed our Lord's feet with ointment
5. A leper of Bethany, in whose house Mary anointed our Lord's head
with ointment "as he sat at meat"
(Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9)
6. A Jew of Cyrene, in North Africa, then a province of Libya. A
hundred thousand Jews from Palestine had been settled in this
province by Ptolemy Soter (B.C. 323) where by this time they
had greatly increased in number. They had a synagogue in
Jerusalem for such of their number as went thither to the annual
feasts. Simon was seized by the soldiers as the procession
wended its way to the place of crucifixion as he was passing by,
and the heavy cross which Christ from failing strength could no
longer bear was laid on his shoulders. Perhaps they seized him
because he showed sympathy with Jesus. He was the "father of
Alexander and Rufus"
(Matthew 27:32) Possibly this Simon may have been
one of the "men of Cyrene" who preached the word to the Greeks
7. A sorcerer of great repute for his magical arts among the
(Acts 8:9-11) He afterwards became a professed convert
to the faith under the preaching of Philip the deacon and
(Acts 8:12,13) His profession was, however, soon found
to be hollow. His conduct called forth from Peter a stern rebuke
(Acts 8:18-23) From this moment he disappears from the Church's
history. The term "Simony," as denoting the purchase for money
of spiritual offices, is derived from him.
8. A Christian at Joppa, a tanner by trade, with whom Peter on one
9. Simon Peter