Nine Guys Named Simon in the Bible

Nine Guys Named Simon in the Bible

In the last post, we talked about the disciple Simon, who Jesus named Peter. I only know of one person called Peter in the Bible, but there are several guys named Simon in the Bible.

  1. Simon Peter (the disciple)
  2. Simon the Zealot (another disciple, which may be why Jesus called the other Simon, Peter)
  3. Simon the brother of Jesus (his other brothers were James, Joseph, and Judas)
  4. Simon the leper (the owner of the home where Jesus’ head was anointed with oil)
  5. Simon from Cyrene (who carried Jesus’ cross)
  6. Simon the Pharisee (the owner of the home where Jesus feet were washed with perfume)
  7. Simon Iscariot (father of Judas Iscariot)
  8. Simon the sorcerer (who asked to buy Holy Spirit power)
  9. Simon the tanner (who Peter stayed with in Joppa when Cornelius sent for him)

I would have never guessed there were this many guys named Simon in the Bible (in addition to three guys named Simeon).

Read more about other people in the New Testament in The Friends and Foes of Jesus, now available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

31 Comments

  • Linda Vogt Turner Posted December 11, 2016 11:08 am

    Why do people always assume that these 9 Simons are different people rather than 9 personal attributes of the same person–the Rock?

    • Peter DeHaan Posted December 11, 2016 6:14 pm

      Linda, thanks for stopping by. You ask an interesting question, but given the cities where they lived and what they did, it’s hard to assume they are all the same Simon.

  • Duane Posted June 2, 2017 10:07 am

    I was visited by Simon in a dream. Not sure which one. He did not answer my questions regarding the Trinity or Buddism. He spoke to my wife ,a Buddist Christian, in a language I did not understand. His answers to me were through his expressions as if to say I know the answers. I was elated with the visit! In morning reading Simon the leper was mentioned! Any idea what this is about?

    • Peter DeHaan Posted June 2, 2017 12:18 pm

      Duane, this is interesting, but I can only guess at the answer to your question. But if the dream came form God, ask him what it means. I’m confident he will answer. May it be so!

  • Simon Peter Posted August 10, 2017 7:44 am

    You forgot Simon, son of Jacob, in the book of Genesis.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted August 10, 2017 8:30 am

      I think Jacob’s son’s name is Simeon, not Simon.

      • Michael Simon Kocherry Posted March 7, 2020 11:52 am

        Prophet Simon you missed. Luke 2. 25
        Anna and Simon

        • Peter DeHaan Posted March 7, 2020 11:59 am

          Michael, alas, his name is slightly different: Simeon, not Simon. Thanks for commenting.

  • Debebe Posted March 13, 2018 10:32 am

    Great and brief teaching.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted March 13, 2018 3:15 pm

      Thanks, Debebe! Have a blessed day!

  • Jose Richard Posted March 15, 2019 11:41 am

    Not nine

    • Peter DeHaan Posted March 15, 2019 1:35 pm

      Jose, how many do you count?

      • Jose Richard Posted March 19, 2019 12:01 pm

        Sir,
        I counted 11 ,
        Addional
        1) LUKE 2:25
        2) GENESIS 29:33
        but on further verification
        it is cleared that they are Simeon
        not Simon. So. …Thanks
        Jose Richard

        • Peter DeHaan Posted March 19, 2019 12:16 pm

          Jose, you are correct! Thanks for the additional information.

          • Jose Richard Posted March 19, 2019 1:00 pm

            Thanks again and pray for me.

  • Peter DeHaan Posted March 19, 2019 1:35 pm

    Jose, I am honored to pray for you. May God bless you in all you do. May he provide to you the desires of your heart.

  • PRABHAKARA RAO RAJARAPU Posted July 28, 2019 10:53 am

    AMEN GOOD MESSAGE

  • Diamond Posted November 13, 2019 1:29 am

    I did a preached a sermon on this about ALL the different names of Simon, YEARS ago.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted November 13, 2019 6:41 am

      Diamond, that is so cool! I’m sure it was most interesting.

  • Nswa Joseph(Deaf) Posted November 29, 2019 8:03 am

    I need evidence bible verses with nine different men and why?

  • Peter DeHaan Posted November 29, 2019 8:06 am

    Nswa, here is a link to all Bible verses that mention Simon: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=simon&qs_version=NIV

    The evidence comes from the text.

  • pawanmedlaw Posted March 10, 2020 8:16 pm

    Is Simon in Luke 4:38-39 Peter or someone else?

    And where it is written in the bible to not not to go alone for the ministry, but always visit a home along with another person/friend preferably wife.

    I am from India and learning to know Bible.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted March 10, 2020 8:30 pm

      Dr. Aryan, thanks for reading this post (and signing up for my newsletter.) I view this Simon as Simon Peter, given the context. Also, some versions of the Bible, such as The Amplified Bible, identify him as Simon Peter.

      As for your other question about not going alone in ministry, I don’t recall any place where the Bible says that. However, Jesus did send out his disciples in pairs (Luke 10:1) and Ecclesiastes 4:10 talks about the wisdom of having a friend to help you if you fall. Last, Peter did take his wife with on occasion (1 Corinthians 9:5). I hope that helps.

      May God bless you on your journey with him!

      • pawanmedlaw Posted September 11, 2020 4:11 am

        Thanks, failed to keep timely track due to internet connection issue.

  • Rev. Dr. Robert Thangasamy Posted May 19, 2020 1:07 am

    I thought Simon the leper and Simon the Pharisee were the same man? What makes you think they are different. I am preach in a sermon on Simon of Cyrene. Thanks.

  • Peter DeHaan Posted May 19, 2020 7:47 am

    Rev. Thangasamy you ask a great question.

    If we take Luke’s account of a woman anointing Jesus’s feet as being the same account Mark and Matthew describe of a women anointing Jesus’s head, then Simon the leper is likely the same as Simon the Pharisee.

    However, I think that Luke describes a different event than does Matthew and Mark. That removes any linking of Simon the leper and Simon the Pharisee being the same person.

    (In a couple of weeks, I’ll post an excerpt from one of my books that looks into the four account of a woman who anoints Jesus.)

    Thanks for asking! May your message on Simon of Cyrene go well!

  • Rev. Dr. Robert Thangasamy Posted May 20, 2020 12:00 am

    Thanks for taking the time answer my query Dr. DeHann. I will wait for your other article before I preach on Simon of Cyrene. When I mention all other Simons in the NT, I want to be careful not to make a mistake. Thanks and may God bless the great work you are doing.

    Robert

  • Judy Sebert Posted June 7, 2020 11:52 pm

    It makes an interesting question from a layperson to a Rabbi ” Where is the name Simon in The Old Testament?”. The name is so practical more than David or even Jesse. It has a Hebrew sound like Saul or Samuel.

  • Juan Posted August 24, 2020 8:18 pm

    The thought came, thanks to the Lord, of why there were so many Marys in the New Testament. The answer is that the mount on which Abraham was led to sacrifice Issac was call Moriah. A variant of Moriah is Mary or Maria. Mind blowing, right?! So then the thought came of why there were so many Simons. I have not been able to find that answer. While searching i stumbled upon here. Would you be able to give some insight or direction to this question?

    • Peter DeHaan Posted August 31, 2020 6:51 am

      Juan, at this point, I have no explanation. But if the Holy Spirit gives me any insight, I’ll let you know. Thanks for asking.

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