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(Simon Kananaios; kanna'i, "the Jealous (or
Zealous) One"):
One of the Twelve Apostles. This Simon was
also named "the Canaanite" ( Matthew 10:4 ;
Mark 3:18 the King James Version) or "the
Cananean" ( Matthew 10:4 ; Mark 3:18 the
Revised Version (British and American)) or
"Zelotes" ( Luke 6:15 ; Acts 1:13 the King
James Version) or "the Zealot" ( Luke 6:15 ;
Acts 1:13 the Revised Version (British and
According to the "Gospel of the Ebionites" or"
Gospel of the Twelve Apostles" (of the 2nd
century and mentioned by Origen) Simon
received his call to the apostleship along with
Andrew and Peter, the sons of Zebedee,
Thaddaeus and Judas Iscariot at the Sea of
Tiberias (compare Matthew 4:18-22 ; see also
Hennecke, Neutestamentliche Apokryphen,
Although Simon, like the majority of the
apostles, was probably a Galilean, the
designation "Cananaean" is regarded as of
political rather than of geographical
significance (compare Luke's rendering). The
Zealots were a faction, headed by Judas of
Galilee, who "in the days of the
enrollment" (compare Acts 5:37 ; Luke 2:1,2 )
bitterly opposed the threatened increase of
taxation at the census of Quirinius, and would
have hastened by the sword the fulfillment of
Messianic prophecy.
Simon has been identified with Simon the
brother of Jesus ( Mark 6:3 ; Matthew 13:55 ),
but there also are reasons in favor of
identifying him with Nathanael.
Thus (1) all the arguments adduced in favor of
the Bartholomew-Nathanael identification (see
NATHANAEL) can equally be applied to that of
Simon-Nathanael, except the second. But the
second is of no account, since the Philip-
Bartholomew connection in the Synoptists
occurs merely in the apostolic lists, while in
John it is narrative. Further, in the Synoptists,
Philip is connected in the narrative, not with
Bartholomew but with Andrew.
(2) The identity is definitely stated in the
Genealogies of the Twelve Apostles (see
NATHANAEL). Further, the "Preaching of
Simon, son of Cleopas" (compare Budge, II,
70) has the heading "The preaching of the
blessed Simon, the son of Cleopas, who was
surnamed Judas, which is interpreted
Nathanael, who became bishop of Jerusalem
after James the brother of our Lord." Eusebius
(Historia Ecclesiastica, III, xi, 32; IV, xxii) also
refers to a Simon who succeeded James as
bishop of Jerusalem and suffered martyrdom
under Trajan; and Hegesippus, whom Eusebius
professes to quote, calls this Simon a son of
(3) The invitation of Philip to Nathanael
(compare John 1:45 ) was one which would
naturally be addressed to a follower of the
Zealots, who based their cause on the
fulfillment of Messianic prophecy.
(4) As Alpheus, the father of James, is
generally regarded as the same as Clopas or
Cleopas (see JAMES), this identification of the
above Simon Nathanael, son of Cleopas, with
Simon Zelotes would shed light on the reason
of the juxtaposition of James son of Alpheus
and Simon Zelotes in the apostolic lists of
Luke and Acts, i.e. they were brothers.
6 months ago
Simon the Zealot (Acts 1:13 , Luke 6:15 ) or Simon the Cananite or
Simon the Cananaean (Matthew 10:4 , Mark 3:18 ; Greek : Σίμων ο Κανανίτης; {{lang-cop| Classical Syriaܘܥܡܫ ܐܝܢܢܩ )[3] was one of the most obscure among the apostles of Jesus . A few pseudepigraphical writings were connected to him, and the theologian and Doctor of the Church, Saint Jerome , does not include him in De viris illustribus written between 392–393 AD.
6 months ago
Acts 1:13 luke 6:16

Simon the cananean or the cannanite or the zealot was an able man of good ancestry and lived with his family in Capernaum. He was 28 years old when he became attached to the apostles. He was a fiery agitator and was a man who spoke much without thinking. He had been a merchant at Capernaum before he turned his entire attention to the patriotic organisatiom of the zealota.
Simon the zealot was given charge of the diversions and relaxation of the apostolic group and he was a very efficient organozer of the play life and recreational activities of the twelve.
Simon's strength was insptrational loyalty. When the apostles found a man or woman who flourishes in indecision about entering the kingdom, they would send for Simon. His enthusiastic advocacy through faith in God can settle all doubts and remove all indecisons to see a new soul born into the liberty of faith.
Simon weakness was material-mindedness. He could not quickly change himself from a Jewish nationalist to a spiritual minded internationalist. 4yrs was too small for this transformation but Jesus was patient with him and eventually or rather, gradually, he subdued his fiery nature and became a powerful and effective preacher.
Simon was a man of intense loyalties and warm personal devotion and he loved jesus. It was difficult for Simon to comprend Jesus' teachings but gradually, he began to grasp something of the meaning of the master's teachings.
After d dispersion, becos of d Jerusalem persecutions, Simon went into temporary retirement. He was literally crushed and surrended in deference to Jesus' teachings but in a few years, he rallied his hopes and went forth to proclaim the gospel of the gospel of the kingdom.
He went to Alexandria and after working up the Nile, penetrated into the heart of Africa. He went around preaching the gospel of Jesus. Thus, he laboured until he was old and feeble and he died and was buried in the heart of Africa.
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