Biography of Simon Peter, Jesus’ Disciple

One of Jesus’ inner circle of 12 men, Simon Peter is both a prominent character in the Bible and the author of two of its books.

Some facts about Simon Peter:
Born in Bethsaida, in Galilee
His given name: Simon Bar-Jona (son of Jona)
His name was changed to Peter by Jesus
Brother of another disciple: Andrew
Philip was also from Bethsaida
Occupation: Fisherman
He was married (Matthew 8:14 ).
According to Clement of Alexandria, Peter had children
Jesus gave him the name Cephas (John 1:42 )
Jesus healed his mother-in-law’s fever (Matthew 8:14-15 )
After Jesus’ death, Peter was one of three primary leaders in the Christian church in Jerusalem. (Galatians 2:9 )
Manner of death: traditionally, crucified upside-down in Rome
Tradition holds that Peter’s wife was also martyred