Simon of Cyrene


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Simon of Cyrene

(sīrē`nē), in the New Testament, bystander made to carry Jesus' cross. He was probably an African Jew, and is identified as the father of Alexander and Rufus.
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Simon of Cyrene was seized by Roman soldiers to assist Jesus in carrying his cross -- which Gray believes may show that Jesus, perhaps like Simon, was "a man of color.
Pivotal figures such as Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, David, Jeremiah, Joseph and Mary, Simon of Cyrene, Paul, Priscilla and Aquila, and Peter stand out as examples of cross-cultural displacement, each encountering a new language and painful maturing.
The centurion's hand continues, unmoved, to press the cross forward; Simon of Cyrene holds it impassively near the base, to give the brief moment's relief needed for Jesus to stand again.
Of special importance is the Gospel of Thomas followed then by the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Mary, the Tripartite Tractate, Cerenthus and the Ophites, Theodotus, and the tradition of Simon of Cyrene.
The leader and preacher was the Rev Graham Whitcroft and he took for his theme Did Simon of Cyrene Take Up His Own Cross?
We are called, as was Simon of Cyrene, to help alleviate suffering by shouldering some of another person's burdens.
Simon of Cyrene was bound in chains to other Aborigines to reflect the way that colonial powers captured and manacled indigenous people on the edges of the Australian frontier in the 19th century.
They saw what virtually no Jews I have talked to saw, which was the sadistic Roman soldiers torturing Jesus as a Jew and enlisting Simon of Cyrene to help Jesus carry the cross by calling him "You, Jew," in a most derogatory manner, thus making the Way of the Cross the ordeal of two Jews suffering under Roman oppression.
Charlesworth, in his conclusion, summarizes some findings of archaeology: (1) a vineyard, winepress, walls, Mary's well, and towers have been found in or near Nazareth; (2) the locations of Cana and Bethsaida may have finally been discovered; (3) findings at Sepphoris shed light on culture and rabbis; (3) many synagogues have been located; (4) Caesarea Maritima and Sebaste in Samaria are being excavated; (5) light is being shed on Jerusalem, the temple, Pilate, Caiaphas, Simon of Cyrene, and the practice of crucifixion.
These go back to Docetism, a heresy hinted at in 1 John 4 and 2 John 7, developed by second-century Gnostics to the point where Christ's earthly appearance was an illusion, likewise his death, being replaced on the cross by Judaas or Simon of Cyrene.
Simon of Cyrene (Jarreth Merz) helps Jesus (Jim Caviezel) carry his cross