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The Thirteen Disciples (Apostles)

Matthew: 10 1-4. Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the thirteen apostles: 

First Simon (called Peter).  He was active in bringing people to Jesus. The Apostle who was hot-hearted. 

    and his brother is:

Andrew. He also was active in bringing people to Jesus. The Apostle who shared Jesus personally.

James. Also called "James the Great". Son of Zebedee and Salome. The Apostle who became known as Great. He was the brother of John.

John was, of course, the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of the apostle James. He was the Apostle who personifed love. 

Philip. The Apostle who was slow-witted.

Bartholomew (Nathaniel) He was one of the disciples to whom Jesus appeared at the Sea of Tiberian after His resurrection.  He was also a witness of the Ascension. The Apostle conspicuous for his transparency. 

Thomas (Didymus). The doubter. The Apostle most maligned.

Matthew (Levi) of Capernaum, the tax collector. The Apostle who wrote a Great Gospel.

James Son of Alphaeus, also called "James the Lesser". The Apostle who rendered obscure service.

Thaddaeus-Judas (Lebbaeus). Brother of James the Lesser and Brother of Matthew (Levi). The Apostle who had three names.

Simon the Patriot, or Simon the Zealot (The Canaanite). The Apostle who was a Revolutionist.

Judas Iscariot, the one who supposedly betrayed Jesus. In fact, in some of the Scriptures, it is stated that Jesus was actually the one who ASKED Judas to betray him. The Apostle who committed suicide. Please see "The Gospel of Judas" on the left side.

Matthias (Acts 1:12-26 (Very Good Reading)) After Judas killed himself in the field Akeldama (Field of Blood), the remaining 11 Apostles drew lots and picked Matthias as Judas' replacement. He was actually the 13th Apostle.  

Jesus chose his closest followers very carefully.  He needed people he could trust to send out His message and to continue the work when He was no longer around to lead the nascent Christian movement.  The word "disciple" refers to a "learner" or "follower".  The word "apostle" refers to "one who is sent out". While Jesus was on earth, the twelve were called disciples.  The twelve disciples followed Jesus, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. 

After Jesus' resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out (Matthew 28: 18-20; Acts 1:8) to be his witnesses.  They were then referred to as "The Twelve Apostles". 

 Some Of The Other Apostles

Also see "The 72 Apostles"

Andronicus: The Apostle of note.

Apollos:  The Apostle who was eloquent.

Barnabas: The Apostle of Comfort

Epaphroditus:  The Apostle whho risked his all.

James:  The Lord's brother.  The Apostle who preached proactical morality.

Junias (or Junia): The Apostle whom Paul praised.

Paul: The Apostle Extraordinary. Wrote several books in the Bible.

Silas:  The Apostle who played second fiddle.

Two Unnamed Apostles

The Lord Jesus:  The Apostle of the Apostles.

Please remember There were also 72 other people whom Jesus called his Apostles.  Luke 10:1
[Jesus Sends Out the Seventytwo ] After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.