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Peter's life story is told in the four canonical gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, New Testament letters, the non-canonical Gospel of the Hebrews and other Early Church accounts of his life and death.
In the New Testament, he is among the first of the disciples called during Jesus' ministry.
He is traditionally counted as the first Bishop of Rome—or pope—and also by Eastern Christian tradition as the first Patriarch of Antioch.
The ancient Christian churches all venerate Peter as a major saint and as the founder of the Church of Antioch and the Roman Church, and was from the village of Bethsaida in the province of Galilee or Gaulanitis. According to New Testament accounts, Peter was one of twelve apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples.
Originally a fisherman, he played a leadership role and was with Jesus during events witnessed by only a few apostles, such as the Transfiguration.
In Matthew and Mark, Jesus called Simon and his brother Andrew to be "fishers of men".At the beginning of the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples' feet.Peter initially refused to let Jesus wash his feet, but when Jesus responded: "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me", Peter replied: "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head".Peter's original name, as indicated in the New Testament, was "Simon" (Σίμων Simōn in Greek) or (only in Acts and 2 Peter 1:1) "Simeon" (Συμεών in Greek).The Simon/Simeon variation has been explained as reflecting "the well-known custom among Jews at the time of giving the name of a famous patriarch or personage of the Old Testament to a male child along with a similar sounding Greek/Roman name".