Holy Apostle Simon Zelotes
Little is known about this disciple of Jesus. Simon is sometimes called
Simon the Less in contrast to Simon (or Simeon) the kinsman of the Lord.
has been interpreted variously: some believe that Simon was simply
fervent in the faith, while others assert that he belonged to a party of
Jews who adhered strictly to Mosaic law and who were a rebellious lot.
Still others argue that
zelotes means in Aramaic and Hebrew Canaanite, as
Simon is called in some of the gospels. They say that he was a native of
Cana in Galilee. Simon is sometimes associated with Nathaniel, another
native of Cana, and/or with the bridegroom at marriage at Cana.
Simon is sometimes identified as Simeon, bishop of Jerusalem, who was
crucified for preaching in Samaria. Legends from the Roman church say
Simon was martyred in Persia with Jude. Greek legends tell of Simon's
preaching in England, and the
menaion of Basil the Great records that
Simon died in peace at Edessa.
Karen Rae Keck
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