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The Disciples Of Jesus: Andrew And Peter

Updated on November 6, 2012

Who Were Andrew And Peter?

Andrew and Peter, two of the first disciples of Jesus, were brothers. According to the Bible, they were fishermen and when Jesus called them, they left their nets and followed Him. The Bible says that Peter and Andrew were the first disciples of Jesus. (See Matthew 10:2) Andrew heard Jesus speak and then went to tell his brother Peter about Him. Peter, whose name was Simon then, did not doubt his brother for a moment but followed him to see meet the Christ. (See John 1:39-41)

Although Simon was the name given to him by his father, we know him better by the name Jesus gave him. Peter, or Cephas, is perhaps the most well known disciple. Not much is known about Andrew, his brother, and perhaps this is because Andrew's personality was very different from his brother's.

The Sea of Galilee Also Known As The Sea of Tiberias

Sea of Galilee, Israel - Taken by Pacman. Here is where Peter and Andrew fished as well as James and John along with their father, Zebedee.
Sea of Galilee, Israel - Taken by Pacman. Here is where Peter and Andrew fished as well as James and John along with their father, Zebedee. | Source

Fishermen On The Sea Of Galilee

Peter and Andrew lived in Bethsaida, a fishing village that was close to the Sea of Galilee.

We do not know whether Andrew was married or not but we do know that Peter was married. In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 8, verse 14, we are told of Peter's wife's mother and her illness. Jesus made her well and she was able to get up and serve Him and the disciples immediately.

It is often said that Peter was not married perhaps because of the fact that the Roman Catholic Church believes Peter to be the founder of the priesthood in their church that exists today. However, though Roman Catholic priests vow to remain celibate and never marry, it is clear, through the words of the Bible, that Peter never took such a vow.

A Depiction of Andrew And Peter Being Called By Jesus To Become Fishers of Men

The Calling of Saints Andrew and Peter by Caravaggio. The two older people in the painting are the artist's depiction of Peter and Andrew. Peter is the older one with the grey hair and Andrew is the other bearded man.
The Calling of Saints Andrew and Peter by Caravaggio. The two older people in the painting are the artist's depiction of Peter and Andrew. Peter is the older one with the grey hair and Andrew is the other bearded man. | Source

It is not known what tribe Andrew and Peter were from. Because they lived in Bethsaida it is assumed, by some, that they were of the tribe of Naphtali, however, at the time, the tribes of Israel did not live as separate tribes but where mixed together. Although they (Andrew and Simon Peter) did know what tribe they were from, it was not recorded in the Bible and so only speculation is left.

In The Book of John, we learn that Andrew and Peter's father's name was Jonah. (John 1:42) It is also here that Jesus gives Simon the name Cephas which translates to 'a stone'. Cephas is the Greek name Peter in Aramaic. The name Simon has a similar meaning to Simeon which means 'He has heard' in the Hebrew language.

Andrew's name, on the other hand, was Greek, and though some scholars believe it was a translation of his Hebrew name, others think that it could possibly have been a nickname. The name Andrew means 'warrior or man'.

Andrew And Peter: Followers of Christ

When Andrew first told Peter that He had found the Christ, he, Peter, did not hesitate to believe his brother and they both left their nets and followed Jesus. This leads me to believe that Andrew and Simon Peter were very close brothers; they both worked together and then they followed Jesus together. The two brothers, were perhaps very close to the other two brothers, James and John who were also fishermen. The Bible records that when the Lord spoke about the temple being destroyed, Peter, Andrew,James and John went to Him privately and asked when it would happen.

"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Mark 13:3-6 K.J.V.

Peter and Andrew were blessed to have witnessed Jesus's miracles and through Him, they were able to do miracles themselves.

There were some things that Peter experienced that his brother, Andrew, did not. Peter was there for the Transfiguration but Andrew was not.(See Mark Chapter 9) There were some miracles that Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to witness that Andrew did not witness. (See Mark Chapter 5). Peter was the only disciple to walk on water with Jesus, he confessed that Jesus is the Christ through the Holy Spirit and, of course, he denied Jesus and repented when he realized what he had done.

Most people know and recognize that Peter was a disciple of Christ and his name is the possibly the one that comes to mind most when the word 'disciple' is mentioned. However, he and his brother Andrew, both walked with Christ and followed him. Some believe that Andrew was younger than Peter (as the artist so depicted in the picture above) while others believe that Andrew was the older one. All we know of Andrew is that he called his brother to follow Christ with him and stayed by the Lord's side and heeded His advice. He asked questions of Him ( Mark 13) and he told Jesus about the boy who had the loaves and the fish (John 6). Andrew and Peter, as well as James and John, are good examples of siblings who walk with Christ. At some parts of the road they were able to walk together, just as Faithful and Christian did in The Pilgrim's Progress. At other parts of the road, each had to walk alone or separate from each other. They were not truly alone, of course, for Christ was with them. Andrew's personality is not as clear to us as Peter's is but what is known about him is enough. He served Christ. Both men did.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I am glad you enjoyed the read, The Stages Of ME, I enjoyed writing it. There are many facts about the disciples that show that they were human and help us to understand just how powerful the work of the Holy Spirit is.

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      The Stages Of ME 

      5 years ago

      I learned much from this hub about these two important men. Thank you for the breakdown and explanation. Enjoyed the read :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the history lesson on these two disciples. I always enjoy hearing about the "behind the scene" details of Bible characters. Peter is one of my favorite disciples, he reminds me of myself; slowly becoming more like Christ as I follow his footsteps.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks, Hyphenbird. It is comforting to know that Andrew and Peter were flesh and blood as we are. He is worthy to be praised because if His saving power and His great mercy.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I love learning about the people in the Bible. Sometimes we forget they were just living a real life and came to know Jesus the same as we do. You did a great job with telling about these two men. Indeed they both served and died for the Savior. Hallelujah to Him for redeeming us all to eternal life one day soon.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you for reading Ericdierker,

      You are right, they are alive for God is not a God of the dead but of the living!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you, nicely done. I like to think of these men in the present tense, it is good to learn more of them as people.

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