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Bartholomew (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Aug 15 , 2013 in Bible Characters

Bartholomew (Bible Character Series)

 

Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and is usually identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel), who is mentioned in John 1. He was introduced to Christ through Philip, another of the twelve apostles as per John 1:43–51, where the name Nathanael first appears. He is also mentioned as "Nathanael of Cana in Galilee" in John 21:2. The account of the calling of Nathanael of Cana occurs at the end of John 1, immediately followed by the account of Jesus' miracle at the Marriage at Cana in John 2.  He also appears as one of the witnesses of the Ascension.

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Thomas the Apostle (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Aug 08 , 2013 in Bible Characters

Thomas the Apostle (Bible Character Series)

 

Thomas the Apostle, also called Doubting Thomas or Didymus, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He is best known for questioning Jesus' resurrection after death when first told of it, followed by his confession of faith as both "My Lord and my God" on seeing and touching Jesus' tangible and physical wounded body in Gospel of Saint John 20:28. Traditionally he is said to have traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, traveling as far as India.

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JAMES THE LESS (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Jul 25 , 2013 in Bible Characters

JAMES THE LESS (Bible Character Series)

 

JAMES THE LESS, apostle and son of Alphaeus, is not to be confused with James the son of Zebedee, brother of the Apostle John.  A third James appears in the New Testament. He was the brother of the Lord, a leader in the Jerusalem church, and writer of the book of James.

James of Alphaeus is named in each listing of the 12 disciples, always appearing ninth in order. The Apostle Matthew (called Levi, the tax collector before becoming a follower of Christ), is also identified in Mark 2:14 as the son of Alphaeus, yet scholars doubt he and James were brothers. Never in the Gospels are the two disciples connected.  The title "James the Less" or "the Little," helps to distinguish him from the Apostle James, son of Zebedee, who was part of Jesus' inner circle of three and the first disciple to be martyred. James the Less may have been younger or smaller in stature than Zebedee's son, as the Greek word for "the less," mikros, conveys both meanings.

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Jude (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Jul 18 , 2013 in Bible Characters

Jude (Bible Character Series)

 

Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus.  He is sometimes identified with Jude, "brother of Jesus", but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, another apostle, the betrayer of Jesus.

Jude's attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ. In some instances he may be shown holding a carpenter's rule.

Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.

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SIMON THE ZEALOT (Bible Character Series)

Posted on Jul 11 , 2013 in Bible Characters

SIMON THE ZEALOT  (Bible Character Series)

 

The apostle called Simon Zelotes, Simon the Zealot, in Luke 6:15 and Acts 1:13, was one of the most obscure among the apostles of Jesus. Little is recorded of him aside from his name. A few writings were connected to him.

The name of Simon occurs in all of the synoptic gospels and Acts that give a list of apostles, without further details:

Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas ["the son" is interpolated] of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor
—Luke 6:14-16, RSV