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12 Apostles

Some facts about the 12 Apostles and their martyrdom

TermDefinition
Bartholomew Aka. Nathaniel. He was flayed alive before being crucified. He was then beheaded.
Andrew The brother of Simon Peter. He was one of the first to follow Jesus. Tradition holds that he was crucified on an “X” shaped cross called a saltire.
Peter Peter was the brother of Andrew. Commissioned by Jesus to lead the Church (1st Pope.) He was crucified under Nero, asking to be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die like Jesus did
Philip Introduced Nathaniel to Jesus. He may have been bound to a cross and stoned to death.
Thomas Aka. Didymus ("twin,") Doubting Thomas. Thomas is thought to have been a missionary in India, where he is thought to have built a church. He may have died by arrows and stones. It is then thought that he had a lance run through his body.
James the Greater He was the brother of John (sons of Zebedee; "Sons of Thunder") and was beheaded by Herod Agrippa. His death is the only death of an Apostle mentioned in the scriptures-Acts of the Apostles.
James the Less Aka. Son of Alphaeus,He is traditionally known as the first bishop of Jerusalem. According to tradition, his body was sawed into pieces after he was pushed from the pinnacle of the temple.
John Brother of James. Wrote the 4th Gospel account. John was the first bishop of Ephesus (In Turkey). He is the only Apostle believed to have died a natural death, in spite of many attempts to murder him including poisoning.
Jude Aka. "Judas, not the Iscariot." Some traditions have Sts. Jude and Peter martyred together. He may have traveled throughout the Roman Empire with Peter. Celebrates feast day with Simon on October 28.
Judas Iscariot He betrayed Jesus for a bribe of 30 pieces of silver. Matthew 27:3–10 says that Judas returned the money to the priests and committed suicide by hanging himself. They used the money to buy the potter’s field. Acts gives account of accidental death.
Simon He is also known as Simon the Zealot. A zealot was a person who wanted the Romans out of Israel at any cost because God is the only legitimate ruler.
Matthew Aka. Levi. He was a tax collector. According to legend he died in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
Matthias Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot. Tradition holds that Matthias was stoned to death and then beheaded with an ax.
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