Matthew 16:17-19

When Jesus said, "On this rock I will build my church," he was referring to Peter which in Greek means rock. Does this mean that Jesus could speak Greek? It's a long way from Aramaic!

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David
Matthew 16:17-19

Jesus spoke Aramaic. The play on words in Greek -- "petra" = rock; "Petros" = rendered "Peter" -- picks up on the word play in Aramaic ('kepha").

Author: Rev. Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.

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