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jo'-nas (yonah, or yochanan; Iona):
(1) The name given in Mt 12:39-41; 16:4; Lk 11:29-32 the King James Version to the Old Testament prophet Jonah (the Revised Version (British and American) renders "Jonah").
(2) (Ioanes): The name given in Jn 21:15,16 the King James Version to the father of the apostle Simon Peter. Nothing further is known of him, except the different forms of his name. In Jn 1:42 the King James Version he is called Jona (compare also Mt 16:17 the King James Version). In Jn 1:42; 21:15,16 the Revised Version (British and American) he is called John, with the marginal note "Gr Joanes." In Mt 16:17 the Revised Version (British and American) Simon Peter is called Simon Bar-Jonah.
Jonas may be a contraction for Joanes (Keim). It has also been suggested that the father of Simon may have had a double name, Jona-Johannes (compare F. H. Chase in HDB, article "John, father of Simon Peter").
C. M. Kerr
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'jonas (2)'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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