Whatever Happened to the Twelve Apostles?
The apostles were not the type of people you would have anticipated Jesus to choose to accompany him on his journey to spread the gospel throughout the world. There was nothing particularly noteworthy or noteworthy about them. The twelve apostles were basically regular guys who went to work every day. However, Jesus transformed them into the foundation of the church and entrusted them with the most amazing mission imaginable: summoning the whole world, including the mightiest empire the world had ever known, to repentance and faith in the resurrected Christ.
Despite popular belief, only two apostles are mentioned in the New Testament: Judas, who betrayed Jesus before going outside and hanging himself, and James the son of Zebedee, who was murdered by Herod in 44 AD.
Take a look at how each of the apostles went out into the world to service and evangelize, and how many of them died as a result of their beliefs.
How Did the Apostles Die?
Even though there are numerous reports and tales, and even though they are not always credible, it is reasonable to conclude that the apostles traveled far and wide as messengers of the gospel of the resurrected Christ. According to an early version, they cast lots and divided the world in order to choose who would travel where so that everyone might learn of Jesus’s birth. They suffered immensely as a result of their religion, and in the majority of cases, they died violent deaths as a result of their courageous witness.
Peter and Paul
Both were martyred in Rome in the year 66 AD, during Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians. Paul was executed by beheading. Peter requested that he be crucified upside down because he did not believe he was worthy of dying in the same manner as his Lord.
Went to the “country of the man-eaters,” which is now in the Soviet Union, to collect information. Christians in that country believe he was the first to introduce the gospel to their country. As well as Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, and Greece, where he is claimed to have been crucified, he preached across the world.
Most of his activity was most likely concentrated in the region east of Syria. His preaching is said to have taken him as far east as India, where the ancient Marthoma Christians venerate him as their founder, according to tradition. They report that he died after being cut through by the spears of four warriors while on the battlefield.
He may have had a great ministry in Carthage, North Africa, before moving on to Asia Minor, where he converted the widow of a Roman proconsul, according to some accounts. Philip was arrested and ruthlessly executed as a result of the proconsul’s actions against him.
The tax collector and author of a Gospel traveled to Persia and Ethiopia to minister to the people.
Some of the earliest records claim that he was not martyred, while others claim that he was stabbed to death in Ethiopia, according to the sources.
He is credited with extensive missionary journeys, including trips to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, as well as Ethiopia and Southern Arabia, according to legend. As a martyr for the gospel, he met his end in a variety of ways, according to different versions.
He is credited with extensive missionary journeys, including trips to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, as well as Ethiopia and Southern Arabia, according to folklore and legend. As a martyr for the gospel, he met his end in a variety of ways, according to various sources.
Simon the Zealot
According to legend, he served as a minister in Persia and was assassinated after refusing to offer sacrifice to the sun god.
The apostle who was picked to take Judas’ place. Tradition has it that he will accompany Andrew to Syria and be burned to death.
Generally considered to be the sole apostle to have died a natural death due to old age, Paul was the only one to do so. He was the spiritual head of the church in the Ephesus area, and it is stated that he took care of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in his own house when she was there. During Domitian’s persecution, which began in the middle of the twentieth century, he was exiled to the island of Patmos. He is attributed for authoring the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, in that location.
Influence of the Apostles Today
The names of Jesus’ apostles have risen to the top of the list of the most popular male given names in the Western world. I’m curious how many people you know who have names such as John or Pete or Tom or Andy or Jim, or Bart or Phil. At least four of the apostles were fishermen, according to tradition. Is it possible that this was one of the reasons why the fish was one of the oldest and most renowned Christian symbols? The Greek word for fish, ichthus, was used to create an acrostic, which is Iesous Christos Theou Uios Soter, which literally translates as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior” in English.
Despite this, the faith grew like wildfire, despite the fact that Christianity had been branded an illegal religion by the government.
What Happened To The 12 Disciples? — Faith on Hill Church
Our church heard about Jesus selecting 12 young men from among his disciples to preach about the arrival of the Kingdom of God on a recent Sunday morning. They were Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder” in Greek), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (Mark 3:16-19, New International Version) Following Jesus’ ascension into paradise (Acts 1).
This is a contentious issue because the Scriptures provide no clue as to whether or not God desired them to do so, and many believe that the apostle Paul is God’s evident substitute for Judas, which is a subject of contention.
God has called each and every one of us to the task he has for us, and there is no one more important, more holy, or more loved in God’s kingdom than anyone else in God’s kingdom.
All of them suffered severely as a result of their proclamation of Jesus as Lord, and their story continues to have a significant impact on our faith today.
Due to the intrusion of politics into men’s traditions, we have traditions that James, the brother of John, went to Spain, when the Bible clearly states that he was the first of the 12 apostles to be martyred (killed) for his faith in Jesus, when he was put to the sword in the early days of the church in Jerusalem, as the Bible clearly states.
- There are a variety of unsubstantiated stories surrounding his death, the most notable of which being that he was crucified upside down because he did not feel himself worthy of dying in the same manner as Jesus.
- In Jerusalem, King Herod ordered him to be assassinated by the sword (Acts 12).
- JOHN John is the author of the Gospel of John, the book of Revelation, and three epistles that bear his name.
- Tradition has it that he spent the latter years of his life ministering in the area around Ephesus in modern-day Turkey, and that he is buried there.
- Later, he journeyed to modern-day Turkey and Greece, where he was killed for his beliefs.
- In accordance with tradition, a Roman Proconsul was so angry by the fact that his wife had converted to Christianity as a result of Philip’s preaching that he ordered Philip’s violent execution.
- If this is the case, it is likely that Philip’s tomb has lately been located (read aboutHERE).
According to other tales, he traveled to India with Thomas, then to Armenia before making his way via the trade routes that connect Ethiopia with the southern Arabian states.
His given name is “Nathaniel” in some records, which might have been a family name or a nickname that he was known by in the congregation.
While some accounts do not mention how he died, others claim that he was stabbed to death in Africa, according to certain sources.
This other name is less difficult to identify and is most likely a family or tribe identity name.
While Thomas first questioned the resurrection, his confidence in the risen Jesus was powerful enough to propel him eastward through Syria and Iraq, where he finally ended himself in India, where the Marthoma Christian tradition believes him to be the founder of their religion.
JAMES THE SON OF ALPHAUESThought to be the brother of Matthew/Levi, James is thought to have preached in the northern parts of Israel.
He is also referred to as James the Younger (younger brother of Levi?) or James the Lesser (younger brother of Levi?) (which would have had different connotations then it does for us today).
I already stated that politics is intertwined with the traditions surrounding the apostles.
As a result, churches in locations like Turkey, Greece, Rome, and Jerusalem naturally possessed greater authority and influence than churches in places like Britain, France, Africa, and Spain, among other things.
Despite the fact that James was martyred in Acts 12, a Spanish bishop began to propagate the concept that James had traveled to Spain in the 12th century.
It appears that Simon was sawn in half in Persia, according to the prevailing opinion.
Some have attempted to link him to the Philip who appears later in the book of Acts, but the circumstantial evidence does not appear to support this other than the fact that they share the same name.
JUDAS THADEUS is a fictional character created by author Judas Thideus.
His gospel message is said to have been spread over the region now known as Northern Syria, Iraq, and Turkey according to tradition.
MATHISTRAdition holds that Matthias journeyed north, maybe all the way to and including the Caspian Sea.
PAUL Paul endured much hardship for the sake of the Lord throughout his life.
Once upon a time, I was stoned.
“Once I was stranded at sea for an entire night and a whole day.” Paul was beheaded in Rome in 66 AD, possibly at the same time as Peter, according to historical records.
This is significant since every single one of Jesus’ disciples died.
John passed away due to old age.
He was not the only one who betrayed Jesus; all of the other disciples deserted him, and Peter even went so far as to claim he had never heard of him.
But they all accepted God’s mercy and forgiveness, which was also extended to Judas.
If you’ve read this and have ever felt like Judas, believing that there is no hope, you should know that each and every apostle felt the same way at one time in their lives, but unlike Judas, they turned their gaze to Jesus and accepted his gracious offer of salvation.
You can take advantage of the same opportunity. Please keep in mind that this post has been changed from an earlier version to contain current information.
How Did Each of the Original Twelve Apostles Die?
I was just reading up on the apostles on a prominent Christian website when I came across a list of the many ways in which each apostle is said to have departed away. I was intrigued. I knew in my head that some of them had been slain very violently, but I was still taken aback by some of the specifics of their deaths. For the sake of curiosity, I conducted my own investigation into the same subject, which you can read about further down in this article. DISCLAIMER: The details of these deaths are somewhat graphic, so be prepared for that.
Many of them are derived from peripheral historical, apocryphal, or non-Latter-day Saint sources, such as mythology.
This is a forewarning.
1. Simon Peter
Photograph by Theodoor Rombouts, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons If you’re familiar with any of the apostles’ deaths, it’s likely that you’re familiar with Peter’s. After many trials in Rome, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion. Peter, however, believing himself unworthy of being crucified in the same manner as his Savior, begged to be crucified upside down, on an inverted crucifixion, which he was granted.
2. Andrew (Peter’s brother)
Despite the fact that Andrew is referenced only a few times in the Bible, there is little information available concerning the circumstances of his death. However, the following is what National Geographic has to say about it: Andreas, the brother of Peter, traveled to Patras in western Greece in 69 AD, where he engaged in a religious argument with the Roman proconsul Aegeates, according to the religious historian Dorman Newman of the 15th century. Aegeates attempted to persuade Andrew to abandon his Christian faith so that he would not be forced to torture and execute him as a result of his actions.
Andrew was scourged and then chained to a cross, rather than being nailed to it, in order for him to suffer for a longer period of time before dying.
3. John the Revelator (also John the Beloved)
Despite the fact that Andrew is referenced only a few times in the Bible, there is little information available concerning the circumstances surrounding his death. According to National Geographic, however, the following is their take on the matter: Andrew, the brother of Peter, traveled to Patras in western Greece in 69 AD, where he argued religion with the Roman proconsul Aegeates, according to the religious historian Dorman Newman of the 15th century. Andrew was the brother of Peter. Attempting to persuade Andrew to abandon Christianity so that he would not be subjected to torture and execution, Aegeates failed miserably.
Rather of nailing him on a cross, Andrew was scourged and fastened to the stake instead, in order to prolong his agony before death. After two days, Andrew was able to preach to pedestrians since he had stayed alive.
4. James (John’s brother)
We really have some biblical literature to support this claim, which comes from Acts chapter 12 verses 1-2: Around that time, Herod the king extended his hands in an attempt to annoy particular members of the church. And with the sword, he assassinated Jamesthe brother of John. And that’s the end of it. Herod was a jerk and a jerk he was.
5. Bartholomew (also known as Nathaniel)
There is very little information available concerning Bartholomew’s death. Some stories merely state that he was martyred, while others claim that he was skinned alive and killed by a group of thugs. According to one story, he was “flayed with knives.” While the term “flayed” can refer to a simple peeling off of skin, it can also refer to skin being removed as a result of a violent beating or whipping. Indeed, another idea says that Bartholomew’s skin was “ripped to bits” as a result of a harsh lashing.
The facts of Philip’s death appear to be in dispute among those who know him. One version claims that he was hanged until he died, while another claims that he was crucified during his mission in Egypt. Back then, Christian missionaries were not particularly well-liked by the general public.
courtesy of the Mormon Channel In every account of Thomas’s death that I have read, it appears that the priest was stabbed with a spear sometime during his ministry in India. Yikes.
8. Matthew (the tax collector)
It is claimed on one Christian website that Matthew “become a missionary and was jailed in Ethiopia.” It was at this location that he was staked or impaled to the ground with spears before being beheaded. Since Matthew lived in such a remote part of Africa, and travelled to an area where few historians or Christians had gone before, there isn’t much more information available.” A somewhat different story is provided by National Geographic, which states that, according to mythology, Matthew was “stabbed in the back by a swordsmansent by King Hertacus, after criticizing the king’s morality.”
9. James (not John’s brother)
James the Lesser, courtesy of a user on Wikimedia Commons: a disciple of Rembrandt Theory 1: James was martyred while serving as a missionary in Egypt (please note that Wikipedia is the source for this information). Take it with a grain of salt, as they say). James “killed as a martyr, and his corpse was sawed into pieces,” according to Theory 2. He was beaten and stoned until he died, and then he was killed with a club to the head, according to theory three. According to the fourth theory, as James was preaching on a wall, Jewish religious officials plotted to toss him off of it.
10. Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot)
In accordance with the Orthodox Church in America, Jude was in Armenia when he was crucified and shot with arrows, which occurred around 45 years (give or take a few years) after the death of Jesus Christ.
11. Simon the Zealot (not Simon Peter)
He died “peacefully at Edessa,” which is currently located somewhere in modern-day Turkey, according to theory 1. Second, according to this Catholic source, Simon the Zealot died at Edessa but was crucified instead of being beheaded.
Our second hypothesis predicts a less tranquil dying than our first hypothesis. ‘Theory 3’ states that he was a missionary who served in Africa and later England before being crucified about the year 74 AD.
12. Judas Iscariot
courtesy of the Mormon Channel This is another narrative in which the Bible provides us with guidance. According to Matthew 27:3-5. When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that he had been sentenced, he repented and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, confessing his fault and saying, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” And they said, “What is it doing to us?” Take a look at it. After casting down the silver coins in the shrine, he exited, went, and took himself into his own arms.
Because he was a member of our group and had been granted a portion of this ministry.
As a result, it was well known among all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, inasmuch as that field is known in their own language as Aceldama, which translates as “the field of blood.” It’s possible that the hanging hypothesis is more common in the Latter-day Saint faith, but who knows.
Now you know
Even while it’s interesting to learn a little bit more about how these apostles died, it’s far more significant to look into what they accomplished and taught during their lives. It includes the Letters of Peter, the Gospels of Matthew and John, among other things. That’s where all of the excellent stuff is located. In case you haven’t had the opportunity to learn more about these individuals and the master they served, I would strongly advise you to do so now.
Does the Bible record the death of the apostles? How did each of the apostles die?
QuestionAnswer James is the only apostle whose death is mentioned in the Bible (Acts 12:2). King Herod ordered James to be “put to death with the sword,” which was almost certainly a reference to beheading. The circumstances surrounding the deaths of the other apostles have been passed down through church tradition, so we shouldn’t place too much emphasis on any of the other tales of their deaths. The most widely accepted church tradition about the death of an apostle is that the apostle Peter was crucified upside-down in Rome in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise, according to the most widely accepted church tradition (John 21:18).
- Matthew was slain by a sword wound in Ethiopia, and he was considered a martyr.
- He was, on the other hand, unexpectedly rescued from death.
- On the island of Patmos, he penned the prophetic book of Revelation.
- He died when he was an elderly man, and he was the only apostle to pass away quietly.
- When he refused to renounce his faith in Christ, he was thrown from the southeast pinnacle of the temple (more than a hundred feet below ground level).
- Several scholars believe that this is the same peak from where Satan had snatched Jesus during the temptation.
- He observed events in modern-day Turkey and was executed for his preaching in Armenia, where he was flayed to death by a whip as a result of his actions.
They hung Andrew’s corpse to a cross with ropes after he had been severely beaten by seven soldiers in order to prolong his pain.
As a result of the body of Christ hanging on it, the cross has been hallowed.
During one of his missionary travels to India to help establish the church, the apostle Thomas was wounded with a spear and died as a result.
In the year AD 67, the cruel Emperor Nero tortured and ultimately executed the apostle Paul in the city of Rome.
The manner in which the apostles died is not very significant.
The disciples would have known if Jesus had not been resurrected if he had not been.
Incredibly, the fact that all of the apostles were prepared to endure awful deaths while refusing to abandon their faith in Christ is powerful evidence that they had genuinely experienced the resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to scholars.
Questions regarding the Church’s History can be found here. Is it true that the apostles died and were buried in the Bible? What manner in which each of the apostles died is unknown.
How did the Twelve Apostles die? – Where did the Apostles die?
What was it like for the apostles to meet their deaths?
The Bible does not tell us how each apostle died; instead, it just states that they died. Only the deaths of two apostles are mentioned in the book. We must rely on historical facts about the other apostles in order to provide a response to the question, “How did the Twelve Apostles die?”. According to the accounts in three of the gospels and the book of Acts, the apostles are listed in the following chart. The apostles are arranged in groups of four.
Apostles — Peter, Andrew, James, and John
The inner circle of Jesus’ apostles consisted of the initial group of four men. Shortly after the commencement of His ministry, they decided to become His disciples. The account in John 1:35-42 describes the occasion on which they replied to Jesus by placing their trust in Him and believing that He was the prophesied Messiah. Jesus begged them to follow Him three times before they agreed. The first time was after they had accepted the truth. Mark 1:14-20 describes the second occasion, which occurred while they were fishing, and the third occasion, which occurred after they had returned from another period of fishing (Luke 5:1-11).
- When Jesus resurrected Jairus’ daughter from the dead, at least three of them were invited to accompany Him to the tomb (Mark 5:37-43).
- On the Mount of Olives, all four of them approached Jesus and quietly asked him questions (Mark 13:1-8).
- Finally, Jesus was having a conversation with Peter and John just before He was taken up to heaven (John 21:12-23).
- The fact that James and John shared the same father, Zebedee (Matthew 10:2), as well as the fact that Peter and Andrew were brothers, should be highlighted (Matthew 10:2).
Apostles — Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew
The second set of four apostles was comprised of two guys who were meticulous in their attention to detail. That is to say, Thomas and Matthew appear to have been analytical individuals in their own right. Do you know who Thomas is? He is known as Didymus (John 21:2) and “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead (John 20:26-29). He desired to insert his finger into Jesus’ wounds in order to verify that the wounds were genuine. Matthew worked as a tax collector for the Roman Empire in the first century AD.
These two gentlemen were most likely quite technical in their approach. Philip and Bartholomew appear to have accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah on the same day that Peter, Andrew, James, and John, according to John 1:35-51. Bartholomew was also known by his given name, Nathanael.
Apostles — James, Thaddaeus, Simon, and Judas
We know very little about the third set of four apostles, who are known as the Twelve. Apart from the fact that he was also referred to as James the Less (Mark 15:40) and that Matthew was his brother, we know little little about James the son of Alphaeus from the biblical record (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14). Thaddaeus was also known as Lebbaeus, and he was also known as Judas, the son of James, among other names. Simon the Canaaean was also known as Simon the Zealot in some circles. The Zealots were anti-Rome and had a political motivation for their actions.
The Bible doesn’t say anything noteworthy about this apostle or his life.
How Did the Twelve Apostles Die?
The information in the table below is the most up-to-date information we have on the deaths of the apostles.
|Traditions – Regarding Their Deaths|
|Simon||Peter||Tradition says that Peter died in A.D. 64-68 during Nero’s persecution of the Christians. He was crucified upside down on a cross.|
|Andrew||Andrew was crucified on a St. Andrews cross. The cross has the shape of an “X.” He was not nailed to the cross but was tied. It took several days before he died. It is said that he preached while hanging on the cross.|
|James||James, son of Zebedee||James died in A.D. 44 after he was beheaded by King Herod I who had launched a new persecution of Christians. He was the first martyr from among the twelve apostles.|
|John||Disciple whom Jesus loved (John 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20)||The beloved John was in exile on the Isle of Patmos before he was released and went to Ephesus where he died (A.D. 100-105).|
|Philip||Philip died in Hieropolis, Turkey by hanging (A.D. 80).|
|Bartholomew||Nathanael||It is believed that Bartholomew had ministered in Armenia and was flayed to death with knives in India.|
|Matthew||Matthew died a martyr’s death in Ethiopia|
|Thomas||Didymus||Ancient tradition says that Thomas died near Madras, India in A.D. 70. He was killed with a spear.|
|James, son of Alphaeus||James the Less (Mark 15:33-41)||Tradition says that James was crucified in Lower Egypt and then sawed in pieces (A.D. 62).|
|Thaddaeus||Thaddaeus||Thaddaeus was martyred in Persia. He died via arrows.|
|Simon the Cananaean||Simon the Zealot||Tradition says that Simon was crucified. It is believed that he ministered together with Thaddaeus.|
|Judas Iscariot||Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27:5) before Jesus Christ died by crucifixion (A.D. 33). His death is the second one that is recorded in the Bible.|
Incredibly little is known about those who “turned the world upside down,” and this is a mystery. As a result of the preparations Jesus had made for them, God used them in a tremendous way to alert people across the globe to His good news that Jesus Christ had come into the world to redeem sinners. These men devoted their lives and died so that everyone may hear the good news that the forgiveness of sins is available to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and accepts Him as Lord and Savior, regardless of their religious affiliation.
I’m on the lookout for God. What criteria were used in selecting the apostles? — Do apostles still exist in today’s world? What is the function of an apostle in the modern world? – What exactly is an apostle? After they departed Jerusalem, did the apostles communicate with one another? So, what is the Apostles’ Creed, which dates back to the third or fourth century AD? Were individuals saved prior to the apostles’ arrival?
How did the twelve disciples die?
This post is also accessible in the following languages: (Arabic) हिन्दी(Hindi) The names of the twelve disciples are listed in Matthew 10:2–4, Mark 3:16–19, and Luke 6:13–16, according to the Bible. Only two apostles are mentioned by name in the New Testament – Judas Iscariot and James the son of Zebedee – and their deaths are not recorded in the Old Testament. The majority of what we know about the deaths of the other apostles comes from ancient Christian literature and church tradition, neither of which can be verified.
1- Simon (who is called Peter)
According to an apocryphal account from the second century called Acts of Peter, Peter requested that he be crucified upside down because he did not believe he was worthy to die as Jesus did. After the Great Fire of Rome, the apostle was assassinated in Rome by Emperor Nero in the year 64 AD. When Jesus remarked to Peter, “When you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will clothe you and bring you where you do not wish to go,” He was predicting Peter’s death (John 21:18).
And John went on to say, “Jesus said this to symbolize the type of death by which Peter would honor God” (John 21:19).
In the apocryphal book of Acts of Andrews, it is stated that this apostle was crucified in the Greek city of Patras about the year 60 AD. Andrew, like his brother Peter, did not believe that he was worthy of dying in the same way that Jesus had died. As a result, he was chained to a cross that was hanging in an X shape rather than a T shape, as was customary.
3-James son of Zebedee
According to the book of Acts, “It was around this time that KingHerodarrested several who belonged to thechurch, intending to persecute them.” He was killed. It was he who ordered the execution of John’s brother James with the sword” (Acts 12:1–2). King Herod sought to appease the Jews by assassinating him (Acts 12:3). Scholars generally agree that he was assassinated in Jerusalem in the year 44AD.
4-John (brother of James son of Zebedee)
Tertullian, a Christian writer who lived in the second and third century, wrote that the Romans tortured John the Baptist by bringing him into a coliseum and immersing him in a barrel of boiling oil before exiling him. Following his triumphant return to the coliseum, the whole coliseum was converted to Christianity. Later, in the middle of the 1990s, he was deported to the island of Patmos as a result of Domitian’s persecution. He died as an elderly man in that place, from natural causes.
The Acts of Philipdocument has a detailed description of his death as a martyr. It is recorded that he brought the wife of a proconsul to the Lord. As a result, the proconsul assassinated him in retaliation.
According to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, in India, “he was at long last horribly thrashed and finally crucified by the eager idolaters,” as the story goes.
According to the apocryphal Acts of Thomas, this apostle was killed at the Indian city of Mylapore, where he was wounded with spears. Syrian Christian tradition holds that he was killed at Mylapore on July 3, 72 AD, according to the book of Revelation.
8-Matthew the tax collector
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs records the following about Matthew: “The scene of his labors was Parthia, and Ethiopia, in which latter nation he experienced martyrdom, being slaughtered with a halberd in the city of Nadabah, A.D. 60,” according to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.
9-James son of Alphaeus
He wrote about James’ death in his book Hippolytus, which dates from the second and third centuries: “And James the son of Alphaeus, while preaching in Jerusalem, was stoned to death by the Jews and buried there alongside thetemple,” according to Hippolytus.
The name Thaddeus is replaced with “Judasson of James” in the book of Luke (Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13). And John names Thaddeus, referring to him as “Judas(not Iscariot)” (not Iscariot) (John 14:22). In “The Golden Legend,” when Simon and Jude used their authority to force demons to come out of idols, the religious authorities slaughtered them: “And when the bishops saw this, they hurried upon the apostles and hewed them to death anon.” And at that same hour, when the weather was perfect, there was such a squall of thunder and lightning that the temple was split in three, and the two enchanters were converted into embers by the strike of thunder.
After that, the king brought the remains of the apostles into his city, where he built a cathedral of wondrous splendor in their honor.”
11-Simon the Zealot
There are a variety of different accounts of Simon the Zealot’s demise. Moses of Chorene stated in the fifth century that Simon the Zealot was martyred in the Kingdom of Iberia, according to tradition. According to “The Golden Legend,” he was martyred in Persia about the year 65 AD. Furthermore, Ethiopian Christians say that he was crucified in Samaria. Additionally, in the sixteenth century, Justus Lipsius wrote that he had his limbs sawed in half.
In Acts 1:12–26, he is the disciple who took the place of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus and subsequently hung himself (Matthew 27:5). According to one account, he was stoned to death by cannibals in Ethiopia (Georgia). According to another version, he was stoned to death by Jews in Jerusalem before being decapitated. BibleAskTeam is dedicated to His service. This post is also accessible in Arabic (Arabic version) (Hindi)
What Ever Happened to the Disciples?
|What Ever Happened to the Disciples? (listed alphabetically)|
|Andrew (Peter’s brother, also a fisherman) died on a cross at Patrae, in Achaia, a Grecian Colony.|
|James (the elder son of Zebedee, brother of John) was beheaded at Jerusalem.|
|James (one of Jesus’ brothers, also called James the Less) was thrown from a pinnacle of the Temple, and then beaten to death with a club.|
|John, the beloved disciple (elder son of Zebedee, brother of James, both James and John we also called “Sons of Thunder” or “Boanerges”), died of extreme old age in Ephesus.|
|Judas (also called Iscariot), after betraying his Lord, hanged himself.|
|Thaddeus (one of Jesus’ brothers, also called Jude) was shot to death with arrows.|
|Matthew (also called Levi, a tax collector) – Matthew was crucified in Alexandria.|
|Nathanael (also called Bartholomew) was flayed alive and beheaded in Albanapolis, Armenia.|
|Peter (also called Simon or Cephas, also called The Zealot) was crucified, head downward, on a cross in Persia (now Iran) during the persecution of Nero.|
|Philip was hanged against a pillar at Heropolis (Abyssinia).|
|Thomas (also called Didymous and the doubter) was run through the body with a lance at Coromandel, in the east Indies.|
|None of them recantedEven in the face of death, they still proclaimed Jesus the Messiah.Would they all have died like that to preserve a lie? They were all afraid when Jesus was crucified. They ran away and hid. After Jesus arose and came to them, they were different men. Changed. Not from without, but from within. They spread the Good News because they knew it was true.And what is the Good News? That the Lord came, not to condemn the world, but to save it. He is the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Him shall live even if he dies.|
According to the Apostolic Voice and the Christian novel “A Voice in the Wind,” written by Francine Rivers, this information comes from two sources (a very good read). Keep in mind that the majority of information is based on tradition (with the exception of Judas and James), as the origins cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
5. How Did The Twelve Apostles Die?
Summary:The Bible only recounts the deaths of two apostles: James, who was put to death by Herod Agrippa I, and Judas Iscariot, who committed himself immediately after Christ’s death, according to the New International Version. The facts of the deaths of three of the apostles (John the Beloved, Bartholomew, and Simon the Canaanite) are not widely recorded, either by tradition or by early historians, and the circumstances surrounding their deaths are not well known. Diets of the other ten apostles are known either via oral tradition or from early Christian historians’ works.
- Peter and Andrew, two of the Twelve Apostles, were crucified, according to tradition.
- “Sufficient evidence” suggests that he and Paul were the founders of the church at Rome, and that they died there, according to the Smith’s Bible Dictionary.
- He was widely regarded as the founder of Christianity in Jerusalem (Israel) (the Great).
- After a period of time in Antioch, Peter traveled to Rome, where he spoke to thousands of people, converting them to Christianity.
- As a result of this persecution, Peter became one of the most well-known victims.
- His body is entombed under the altar of St.
- James (the Great): (beheaded) —the son of Zebedee and the brother of the Apostle John, James (the Great) is a biblical figure.
In the year 44, or approximately 11 years after the crucifixion of Christ, James was put to death by Herod Agrippa I, just before the day of the Passover, just before the day of the Passover.
John: (after being tossed into boiling oil, but surviving) Up to the time of Herod Agrippa I’s persecution, John spent the most of his time in Jerusalem with Peter and the apostles.
Years later, academics discovered that he had traveled to Rome, where he was thought to have been persecuted alongside other Christians and had been thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, where he miraculously escaped.
Upon the death of Dominitian, John returned to his hometown of Ephesus (in Turkey), where he lived out the rest of his days.
John: —Preached throughout Georgia, Russia, Istanbul, Turkey, Macedonia, and lastly Greece.
Andrew was obliged to forsake his faith in front of a tribunal, which he did.
Andrew was hung upside down to an X-shaped cross with strong, tight ropes, yet he continued to preach to onlookers despite his captivity.
Parts of his skeletal remains are housed in Constantinople (Turkey) and Scotland (England), but his head is still on display in Patras.
Throughout his missions, Philip worked with Bartholomew.
The Preconsul was enraged by this episode and ordered that both Philip and Bartholomew be tortured and crucified upside down as a result of it.
Despite the fact that Bartholomew was liberated, Philip perished on the cross and was eventually buried somewhere within the city.
Having converted to Christianity, he was skinned alive and decapitated in Derbent (Azerbaijan, close to Russia) on the Caspian Sea by order of the local monarch after the majority of the people of Derbent converted to Christianity.
Bartholomew in Rome, while a portion of his skull is maintained in Frankfurt, Germany, and an arm is honored at the Canterbury Cathedral in England, among other places.
According to Christian tradition, he preached in Ethiopia (in Africa), Judea (today’s Israel), Macedonia, Syria, and Parthia, among other places (northeast Iran).
Some believe he was slain with a sword in Parthia, while others believe he died of natural causes in Ethiopia.
He became a confident speaker of the Gospel and church builder when his doubts were dispelled by touching the wounds ofJesus on his hands and feet.
He preached in Babylon (modern-day Iraq) and was instrumental in establishing the city’s first Christian church.
Thomas was martyred at the Indian city of Mylapore, when a local ruler called Masdai sentenced him to death.
Thomas was taken to a neighboring mountain, where he was stabbed to death with a spear before being buried.
The previous stories, which were considered to be true in the fourth century, claim that Jesus preached in Parthia or Persia before being buried in Edessa.
According to tradition, he preached in the Syrian capital of Damascus and was afterwards recognized as the first bishop of the Christians in Jerusalem (Israel).
During the stoning, a member of the audience approached James and pounded his skull with a fullers club, causing him to die (a piece of wood used for bashing-washing clothes).
Simon (the Canaanite): (Was he sawed or axed to death?
Some historians believe he was the second Bishop of Jerusalem, following James the Lesser (who was beheaded).
Scholars and historians are debating whether Simon was crucified by the Romans in Lincolnshire, Britain, crucified in Samaria (Israel) after a failed revolt, or sawed to death in Suanir, Persia, along with Jude Thaddeus, as the cause of his death.
(sawed or axed to death?) Jude is also widely believed to have traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, where he delivered sermons.
It is uncertain what caused his death because there are two competing versions: (1) He was crucified at Edessa, Turkey; and (2) He was clubbed to death and his corpse was either sawed or chopped into pieces after he was beaten and clubbed to death (together with Simon the Zealot).
Peter’s Basilica in Rome, with the most widely accepted version being that his bones are interred in a crypt at St.
Judas Iscariot: (suicide, death by hanging)—Judas Iscariot is best remembered as the apostle who betrayed the Lord by disclosing His whereabouts, which resulted in His arrest and subsequent suffering.
Judas took his own life shortly after the death of Jesus Christ.
It should be noted that there were twelve apostles who were selected by Jesus.
One of the original twelve, Judas Iscariot, was not included in this list, despite the fact that he was the one who betrayed Jesus.
Finally, consider Matthias, who succeeded Judas Iscariot to become one of the twelve apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:26).
When both Judas and Matthias are counted, the total number of people is thirteen.
(See Acts 9:3-6, 15-16 for further information.) The fact that there are additional apostles besides these men is known to us because Christ, after His ascension, appointed “some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers.
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). (Ephesians 4:11-13).
Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith?
Sean McDowell writes, “Even though they were crucified, stoned, stabbed, dragged, skinned, and burned, every last apostle of Jesus proclaimed his resurrection until his dying breath, refusing to recant in the face of government pressure. ” So their testimony can be trusted, and the resurrection can be proven to be genuine.” Unless you’ve been paying attention to popular–level arguments for the resurrection (or if you’ve ever heard a sermon on the apostles), you’ve most likely heard this line of reasoning.
- After all, why would the apostles of Jesus have given their lives in defense of their faith if it wasn’t genuine?
- In order to complete my doctoral dissertation on this topic, I have been researching it for the past couple of years.
- The martyrdoms of apostles such as Peter, Paul, and James the brother of John (as well as Thomas and Andrew) have more evidence to support them than the martyrdoms of many others, which is why we can put more trust in them (such as Matthias and James, son of Alphaeus).
- This may come as a disappointment to some, but it is not essential for the sake of the resurrection argument that we demonstrate that all of them died as martyrs in order to win the argument.
- According to historian Michael Licona, in his book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, he captures the most important point: A number of the disciples were martyred after Jesus’ death, as a result of the persecution they faced after his death.
- They were completely convinced.
- In order to find a suitable substitute for Judas, it was essential to look for someone who had witnessed the resurrection of the Lord (Acts 1:21–22).
These individuals’ convictions were not founded on secondhand evidence, but rather on the assumption that they had personally witnessed the risen Jesus Christ.
Second, early Christians were persecuted as a result of their religious beliefs.
Jesus was crucified on the cross.
Agrippa also assassinated James the brother of John (Acts 12:12), which prompted the remainder of the Twelve to flee Jerusalem with their belongings (Acts 12:13).
Despite the fact that persecution was irregular and local at the time, Christians may be jailed and murdered for simply professing the name of Jesus from this moment forward.
Third, the apostles were prepared to suffer as a result of their beliefs.
When Peter and John are threatened by religious leaders on behalf of the apostles, they respond with the words: “Because we cannot help but tell of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
While the evidence for martyrdom is significantly more compelling for certain apostles than for others, the case for Peter is extremely compelling.
In his book Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend, Bart Ehrman agrees that Peter is being warned that he would die as a martyr for the sake of Jesus.
Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus, Tertullian and others, as well as early church fathers Peter died as a martyr, according to the early, consistent, and universal testimony of the witnesses.
However, it demonstrates the strength of the apostles’ convictions.
They firmly believed that Jesus had risen from the dead, and they were prepared to lay down their lives in order to prove it.
Sean McDowell (’98, M.A. ’03) is a well-known author and speaker, and he is the newest member of the Biola University faculty in the M.A. program in Christian apologetics. Sean McDowell’s website is seanmcdowell.org.
Sean McDowell (Ph.D.) is an associate professor in the Christian Apologetics department at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. He has a background in philosophy and theology. He is a brilliant communicator who has a passion for empowering the Church, and particularly young people, to make the case for the Christian faith in their communities. Sean is a motivational speaker that travels all around the United States and internationally to give talks at camps, churches, schools, colleges, and conferences.
Currently, Sean and his wife, Stephanie, reside in San Juan Capistrano, California, with their three children.