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Can You Name the First (13) Apostles of Jesus Christ? The APOSTLES of CHRIST - (PART 1)

Updated on December 15, 2011

Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name.

The original 12 Apostles

The LAST SUPPER with Jesus
The LAST SUPPER with Jesus


It was a Chaotic Time in the History of the World. . .

History recalls that the public ministry of Jesus Christ lasted only a few short years starting when he was "about thirty years of age" (Luke 3:23). He had spent His life learning and patiently preparing for the destiny that awaited Him. All the Gospels report that he had already become known as a religious teacher. When it was the appropriate time, the Holy Spirit called Jesus and moved Him towards His designated purpose. Jesus began to preach but it was during a time of great political turmoil, social strife, and religious conflict in the land of Judea. He started to assemble the key people that would help Him forever change the course of human history for all time to come.

Those people were. . .

At a recent Bible study group, it was interesting to see how many people could correctly name all of the first (12) Apostles that worked directly with Jesus during His ministry; the ones that were with Him up until the time of His arrest before the crucifixtion. Many people remembered the "four fishermen" who were called directly by Jesus at the Sea of Galilee and some were even able to remember a few more, but that is where it got really amusing to find out who people believed were the other Apostles and why they thought so. We tend to remember the mental image of the "Last Supper", when Jesus had His final Passover meal with the core group of disciples and what transpired afterwards, but for some reason many still do not know who all of the people are depicted in that painting or what is listed in scripture. Some of this confusion is that scripture lists different names (or variations) for the same person depending on the event being referred to and who the account was written by.

The chain of events that followed that fateful meal culminated in betrayal, denial, suicide, the scattering of the disciples, and after Christ's crucifixtion, the remaining Apostles also had to choose a replacement for the missing member of this elect group (the 13th Apostle). Not many people remember all of these details or even what happened in the earliest days of the "Church of the New Covenant" with the establishment of the foundation for Christianity to come.

That is what we will reveal here in the following set of articles for your benefit and interest.



  1. Ananias of Damascus
  2. Andrew the brother of Simon
  3. Barnabus the Levite or (Joseph)
  4. Cleopas of Emmaus
  5. James the son of Zebedee
  6. James the younger
  7. John the son of Zebedee
  8. Joseph Barsabas
  9. Judas Iscariot
  10. Luke the evangelist
  11. Mark the evangelist
  12. Mark the cousin of Barnabas
  13. Matthew or (Levi)
  14. Matthias
  15. Nathanael or (Bartholomew)
  16. Philemon
  17. Philip
  18. Saul or (Paul of Tarsus)
  19. Silas
  20. Simon or (Peter)
  21. Simon the Zealot
  22. Stephen
  23. Thaddaeus or (Jude)
  24. Thomas Didymus
  25. Timothy

*Use this list of names to help with your selections for the first (13) Apostles below:


(25 QUESTIONS) - Select (YES/NO) from the List of Names that YOU think are Correct (Extra Credit for the 13th Apostle):

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Complete Details about the APOSTLES of JESUS CHRIST

The following pages will go into further detail about the first twelve disciples, the Apostleship of Jesus Christ and their leaders, the many others that would join His early ministry, and the roles they would all play in the early foundation of the Church of the New Covenant and the beginnings of Christianity.

  • (COMING) APOSTLES (PART 10) - The "Beloved Disciple" - Who was the un-named Disciple that “Jesus loved” best in the Gospel? Was it Lazarus, or John the brother of James, or someone else altogether? This topic has been questioned by scholars over the ages and the general consensus agreed to by most theologians is...
  • (COMING) APOSTLES (PART 11) - The "Apostle to the Gentiles" and Early Christian Church - The Apostle Paul becomes instrumental in spreading Christianity to the Gentiles, but the Romans fights back. Eventually, the new "Holy Roman Empire" would rise and dominate the scene of Christianity, setting the standard for the future of the church.
  • (COMING) APOSTLES (PART 12) - The HOLY ROMAN Empire and Orthodox Religion -
    The Apostle Paul becomes instrumental in spreading Christianity to the Gentiles, but the Romans fights back. Eventually, the new "Holy Roman Empire" would rise and dominate the scene of Christianity, setting the standard for the future of the church.


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    • christ4ever profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 

      8 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      @Tamarajo -Glad you've enjoyed it and great job! The reason I started this series was because with a study group I spoke at recently, most people we doing good to get between half and two thirds (even with tips and let alone knowing the 13th Apostle). Keep up your own excellent work in the Lord's service as well. With blessings... Rev.Ted

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      8 years ago

      92% that was fun and interesting thanks :)


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