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What’s the Background on the Twelve Apostles – Home City and Work

  • Andrew was the brother of Peter, and a son of Jonas. He lived in Bethsaida and Capernaum and was a fisherman before he was called by Jesus. Originally he was a disciple of John the Baptist (Mark 1 :16-18). Andrew brought his brother, Peter, to Jesus (John 1:40)
  • Bartholomew Nathanael son of Talmai, lived in Cana of Galilee. Tradition says he was a mis­sionary in Armenia  ; A number of scholars believe that he was the only disciple who came from royal blood, or noble birth. His name means Son of Tolmai or Talmai (2 Sam. 3:3). Talmai was king of Geshur whose daughter, Maacah, was the wife of David, mother of Absalom
  • James the Elder, Boanerges, son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of John the Apostle; a fish­erman who lived in Bethsaida, Capernaum and Jerusalem.
  • James the Lesser or Younger, son of Alpheus, or Cleophas, and Mary, lived in Galilee. He was the brother of the Apostle Jude.
  • John Boanerges son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of James, the Apostle. He was known as this Beloved Disciple. A fisherman who lived in Bethsaida, Capernaum and Jerusalem
  • Judas Iscariot, the traitor, son of Simon who lived in Kerioth
  • Jude, Thaddeus, or Lebbeus, son of Alpheus or Cleophas and Mary. He was a brother of James the Younger. He was one of the very little-known Apostles and lived in Galilee. Jerome called Jude “Trinomious” which means “a man with three names.” In Mark 3:18 he is called Thaddeus. In Matthew 10:3 he is called Lebbeus. His surname was Thaddeus. In Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13 he is called. Judas the brother of James. Judas Thaddeus also was called Judas the Zealot
  • Matthew, or Levi, son of Alpheus, lived in Capernaum. He was a publican or tax collector.
  • Simon Peter, son of Jonas, was a fisherman who lived in Bethsaida and Capernaum.
  • Philip came from Bethsaida, the town from which Peter and An­drew came (John 1:44). The likelihood is that he, too, was a fisherman
  • Simon, the Zealot, one of the little-known fol­lowers called the Canaanite or Zelotes, lived in Galilee. In two places in the King James Version he is called a Canaanite (Mat. 10:4; Mark 3:18). However in the other two places, he is called Simon Zelotes (Luke 6: 15; Acts 1:13).
  • Thomas Didymus lived in Galilee.
  • (From “An Outline History of the Twelve Apostles“)

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