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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Simeon (2)

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( שׁמעון , shim‛ōn ; Συμεών , Sumeṓn ):

(1) The 2nd son of Jacob by Leah (see separate article).

(2) Great-grandfather of Judas Maccabeus (1 Maccabees 2:1 ).

(3) A man in Jerusalem described as "righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel." When the infant Jesus was brought into the Temple, he took Him into his arms and blessed God in words which are famous as the Nunc dimittis . Simeon bestowed his blessing on the wondering father and mother ( Luke 2:25 , Luke 2:34 ). Legend has made him the son of Hillel and father of Gamaliel I, but this has no historical basis.

(4) An ancestor of Jesus (Luke 3:30 ); the Revised Version (British and American) "Symeon."

(5) The Revised Version (British and American) "Symeon": one of the prophets and teachers in the Christian community at Antioch. He is also called Niger, which was the Gentile name he had assumed, Symeon being Hebrew. He was among those who set apart Paul and Barnabas for their missionary work (Acts 13:1 , Acts 13:2 ). Nothing more is known of him.

(6) The Revised Version (British and American) "Symeon": the Hebrew name of Simon Peter (Acts 15:14 ).


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Simeon (2)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/s/simeon-2.html. 1915.

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