- Simon the Leper
Simon the Leper is a
biblicalfigure mentioned by the Gospels according to Matthew (26:6-13) and Mark (14:3-9). These two books narrate how Jesus made a visit to the house of Simon the Leper at Bethany during the course of which a woman anoints the head of Jesus with costly ointment. Bethany was the home of Simon the Leper as well as Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The Gospel according to John (12:1-8) recounts that Mary, Martha and Lazarus were guests of Simon the Leper when he hosted a supper for Jesus Christ two days before the Passover and Crucifixion of Jesus. Martha served. According to John's Gospel, the feet of Jesus were also anointed. While differing in some details, the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and John can be reconciled. [ [http://www.rationalchristianity.net/anointing.html The Anointing of Jesus] ] Comparing them suggests that Judas Iscariot and other disciples of Jesus also attended and protested the costly anointing of Jesus.
Simon the Leper is sometimes identified with Simon the
Pharisee(see Shimon ben Gamliel), who is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke(7:36-50) as the host of a meal during which the feet of Jesus are anointed by a woman. Because of these similarities, efforts have been made to reconcile the events and characters but some scholars have pointed out differences between the two events [ [http://www.rationalchristianity.net/anointing.html The Anointing of Jesus] ] .
The meaning of his nick name "the leper" is sometimes questioned because of the outcast status of lepers. Reinterpretations include that of "the potter" [ [http://www.aramaicnt.org/HTML/MATTHEW/evidences/Simon.html AramaicNT.org] ] or "the
Some assume that Simon had been healed of his leprosy by Jesus but there is no certain account of that.
Later Christian traditions held that Simon travelled to
France, having landed at the mouth of the Rhône with St. Lazarusand Mary, sister of Lazarus, was the earliest apostle of Maguelonne. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10545a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: Montpellier] ]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10545a.htm Archdiocese of Montpellier]
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