The apostles

These are the apostles that started the early church.  Without them, the world would never be the same.

The apostle Paul who was originally called Saul of Tarsus. He was a Pharisee and a persecutor of the early church. On the road to Damascus Jesus came to him and told him to preach to the gentiles. He eventually set up many churches throughout Asia minor, and was wrote many books of the Bible.
James was the brother of Jesus. He was a very important apostle. He died in 69 AD. Sadly, there is much controversy about his life, and whether or not he was actually the brother of Jesus.
Peter was arguably one of the most important apostles. Jesus said to him," Peter, you are the rock upon which I will build my church." Peter was a very outspoken apostle, and was a key factor in many debates in the church.
John the evangelist was the author of the three gosples of John. It is still being debated whether or not this John wrote Revelations. It is commonly believed that he wrote it though.
The apostle Andrew was the brother of Peter. He was born in the town of Bethsaida, and became a fisherman. Andrew was one of the first of Jesus' apostles.
Philip was the apostle who preached in Greece, Syria, and Phrygia. He lived in Bethsaida and spoke Greek. Philip was the one who introduced Bartholomew to Jesus.
Bartholomew is also called Nathaniel. He was martyred in a very horrible way. He was flayed with a small knife. It is amazing that Christ gave him the stregnth to endure this torture!
Matthew was the author of the gosple Matthew. He was also called Levi by some, and was probably a tax collector. He lived in Capernum.
James the less was one of the most mysterious apostles. The Bible does not talk about him much. Just becuase he is called the less, doesn't mean that he is lesser than the other James. It just means that he was either shorter, or younger.
Simon is the most obscure of the apostles. He is only talked about when the Bible makes a list of the apostles.
The apostle Jude is also called Thaddeus. He is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot. Jude was the brother of Jesus. He died with Simon by the ax.
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