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PETER THE APOSTLE (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Sep 19 , 2013 in Bible Characters

PETER THE APOSTLE (Bible Character Series)

 

Peter was a native of Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias, the son of John, and worked, like his brother Andrew, as a fisherman on Lake Genesareth. Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus, and Christ called Peter to become a disciple. In Luke is recounted the story that Peter caught so large an amount of fish that he fell down before the feet of Jesus and was told by the Lord, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men”. Jesus also gave Simon a new name: Cephas, or the rock. Becoming a disciple of Jesus, Peter acknowledged him as "… the Messiah, the son of the living God”. Christ responded by saying: "… you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church…. He added: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

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ANDREW THE APOSTLE (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Sep 12 , 2013 in Bible Characters

ANDREW THE APOSTLE (Bible Character Series)

 

Andrew, the Apostle, son of John was born in Bethsaida of Galilee. He was brother of imon (Peter). Both were fishermen, and at the beginning of Our Lord's public life occupied the same house at Capharnaum. From the fourth Gospel we learn that Andrew was a disciple of the Baptist, whose testimony first led him and John the Evangelist to follow Jesus. Andrew at once recognized Jesus as the Messias, and hastened to introduce Him to his brother, Peter. Thenceforth the two brothers were disciples of Christ. On a subsequent occasion, prior to the final call to the apostolate, they were called to a closer companionship, and then they left all things to follow Jesus.

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JAMES THE GREATER (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Sep 05 , 2013 in Bible Characters

JAMES THE GREATER (Bible Character Series)

 

For James there was no indication that this was the day that his life would change. The dawn for him was not the bright beginning of a new day, but the end of long fruitless night of fishing. As James sat mending his nets in the boat with his brother John and his father Zebedee, he must have watched in wonder as his partner Simon brought in nets loaded with fish he had caught at the command of Jesus. Jesus didn't pass him by but, stopping by their boat, called James and his brother John to do just what Simon and Andrew had done. Without argument or discussion, James and John left their boat and even their father behind, and followed Jesus.

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Matthew (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Aug 30 , 2013 in Bible Characters

Matthew (Bible Character Series)

 

Among the early followers and apostles of Jesus, Matthew is mentioned as a former tax collector from Capernaum who was called into the circle of the Twelve by Jesus. He is called Levi, son of Alpheus. He may have collected taxes from the Hebrew people for Herod Antipas  According to the New Testament he was one of the witnesses of the Resurrection and the Ascension.

Matthew was a 1st-century Galilean. During the Roman occupation, Matthew collected taxes from the Hebrew people for Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee. His tax office was located in Capernaum. Jews who became rich in such a fashion were despised and considered outcasts. However, as a tax collector he would have been literate in Aramaic and Greek.

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Philip the Apostle (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Aug 22 , 2013 in Bible Characters

Philip the Apostle (Bible Character Series)

 

Philip the Apostle was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. Later Christian traditions describe Philip as the apostle who preached in Greece, Syria, and Phrygia. In the Roman Catholic Church, the feast day of Philip, along with that of James the Just, was traditionally observed on May 1, the anniversary of the dedication of the church dedicated to them in Rome (now called the Church of the Twelve Apostles).

The Gospel of John describes Philip as a disciple from the city of Bethsaida, and connects him to Andrew and Peter, who were from the same town. Philip was tested by Jesus about how to feed 5,000 people (John 6:4-7), and he was approached by Greeks who wanted to see Jesus (John 12:20-21).