Biblically Dense

Biblically Dense

In all my years of reading the Bible, attending Christian education and studying Church history, one fact always sort of floated around on the periphery of my understanding: Simon Peter (the Disciple) was married. I had never given it a ton of thought, as his wife never makes an appearance in any of the Gospels but I had always wondered where people got the notion that Peter was married.

I was reading 1 Corinthians 9 this morning and I came across verses 3-6, which read thusly:

3This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4Don’t we have the right to food and drink? 5Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas[a]? 6Or is it only I and Barnabas who must work for a living?

Footnotes:

1. 1 Corinthians 9:5 That is, Peter

A footnote in my NIV study Bible on Peter being married directed me back to Mark 1:30:

30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her.

The sound of my hand slapping my forehead could be heard from blocks away. How do we know Peter was married? He had a mother-in-law. How many times had I read that passage and simply skipped right over that fact?

I am teh dumb.

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