Which got me thinking ... I know nothing about Jonah. Well, I know about the Jonah of whale fame, but nothing about Jonah, (known as Jonas or John) the man that was the father of Simon Peter.
I looked all over the internet for some information about this man, and the best I could find was that he was basically not the other Jonah.
But I did come across some interesting information about St. Peter I thought I would share with you.
- For example, the house that he lived in is believed to still be standing today! It is covered by a church but you can still see parts of it.
- We know that Peter was from Bethsaida, of course, but I didn't realize how much Greek influence there probably was in that area at that time.
- Peter was, of course, a fisherman. Fisherman back in Jesus' time often fished at night with torches. They sometimes used dragnets - nets that were as long as 300 feet. Two boats would go out to sea, each with an end of the dragnet, and then paddle in opposite directions to circle the fish and close up the net. Alternatively they used cast nets - nets that had to be skillfully thrown so they landed open on the water. This way, when they sunk down, they captured as many fish as possible. (It is this method that Peter and the apostles were using on a few occasions in the Gospels)
- It is possible that Peter, like his bother Andrew, was a disciple of John the Baptist.
- Peter's name is mentioned in the new testament more than any other apostle - over 190 times. That didn't surprise me, but the fact that that number is almost 4 times more than the next closest apostle (John) did.
- Finally, Peter's name is almost always listed first when he is mentioned with anyone other than Jesus. In fact, there is only one time it is not. Galatians 2:9.