Question of gender

mcasale at earthlink.net mcasale at earthlink.net
Tue May 14 12:03:32 EDT 2002



Hello Group:  
Here is my question 

In comparing Mt 16:18-19 it says  
"Thou art PETROS (Greek masc.)  
upon this ROCK (PETRA fem.) 
In Jo 1:42 it says, "You shall be called KEPHAS (Aramaic)  
which is by interpretation a STONE (Greek masc.PETROS) 

My church has taught that Petros and Petra are a play on words that Jesus was 
using to explain that Petros (or Peter) is a small stone but that he was 
pointing to himself as the Petra meaning a large craggy rock on which the 
church was built. It seems to indicate in the lexicon however that Petros and Petra are simply the masculine and feminine gender for the same word so they would both have the same, not different meanings as to the size of the rock. What is your opinion? 

Thank you for your help, 

Marie Casale 



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