Simeon of Jerusalem

Simeon Of Jerusalem

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Saint Simeon of Jerusalem, son of Clopas, was a Jewish Christian leader and according to most Christian traditions the second Bishop of Jerusalem (62-107).

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Eusebius of Caesarea gives the list of these bishops.Historia Ecclesiastica, IV, v." According to a universal tradition the first bishop of Jerusalem was Saint James the Just, the "brother of the Lord," who according to Eusebius said that he was appointed bishop by the Apostles Peter, St. James (whom Eusebius identifies with James, son of Zebedee), and John.

According to Eusebius, James was killed at the instigation of the high priest, Ananus, in about the year 63.See also Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities XX, ix, 1.

Eusebius relates that Simeon was elected by the community at Jerusalem chose to succeed James:

<blockquote>After the martyrdom of James and the conquest of Jerusalem which immediately followed, it is said that those of the apostles and disciples of the Lord that were still living came together from all directions with those that were related to the Lord according to the flesh (for the majority of them also were still alive) to take counsel as to who was worthy to succeed James. They all with one consent pronounced Symeon, the son of Clopas, of whom the Gospel also makes mention; to be worthy of the episcopal throne of that parish. He was a cousin, as they say, of the...
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