It is well-known thatCatholicism alleges that Peter was the 鈥渞ock鈥?upon which the church was founded. The argument has been constructed upon the fact that both 鈥淧eter鈥?(petros) and 鈥渞ock鈥?(petra) are from the same Greek stem.
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Was Peter the rock of the church?
Instead, Jesus referred to Peter being a small pebble that understood the real foundation of the church, Jesus Christ. Reading this passage in proper context along with supporting verses shows us that Jesus is the Christ, the Rock of our salvation.
What did Jesus mean by 鈥測ou are Peter and on this rock?
The grammatical construction allows for either view. The first view is that Jesus was declaring that Peter would be the 鈥渞ock鈥?on which He would build His church. Jesus appears to be using a play on words. 鈥淵ou are Peter (petros) and on this rock (petra) I will build my church.鈥?Since Peter鈥檚 name means rock,…
Was Peter鈥檚 Rock 鈥淧etros鈥?or 鈥淧etra?
Peter, the man, is appropriately referred to as Petros. But Jesus said that the rock he would build his church on was not the masculine 鈥減etros鈥?but the feminine 鈥減etra.鈥?Let me illustrate by using the words 鈥渁ctor鈥?and 鈥渁ctress:鈥?鈥淵ou are the actor; and with this actress, I will make my movie.鈥?/div>carm.org
Is Peter the rock in Matthew 16?
As we have seen, Peter’s being the rock is not the only valid interpretation of this verse. Even if Peter is the rock in Matthew 16:18, this is meaningless in giving the Roman Catholic Church any authority. Scripture nowhere records Peter being in Rome.