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How Did the 12 Apostles Die

How Did the 12 Apostles Die

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Summary:The Bible only mentions the deaths of two apostles, James who was put todeath by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD and Judas Iscariot who committed suicideshortly after the death of Christ. The details of the deaths of three of the apostles(John, the Beloved, Bartholomew and Simon the Canaanite) are not known at all,either by tradition or early historians. The deaths of the other seven apostles areknown by tradition or the writings of early Christian historians. According totraditions and the Bible, eight of the Apostles died as Martyrs. At least two of the Apostles, Peter and Andrew were crucified.
Simon surnamed Peter died
33-34 years after the death of Christ. According toSmith’s Bible Dictionary there is "satisfactory evidence that he and Paul were thefounders of the church at Rome, and died in that city. The time and manner of theapostle’s martyrdom are less certain. According to the early writers, he died at orabout the same time with Paul, and in the Neronian persecution, A.D. 67,68. Allagree that he was crucified. Origen says that Peter felt himself to be unworthy to beput to death in the same manner as his Master, and was therefore, at his ownrequest, crucified with his head downward."
 James the son of Zebedee
: He was put to death by Herod Agrippa I shortly beforethe day of the Passover, in the year 44 or about 11 years after the death of Christ.From Acts 12: 1-2.
No death date given by early writers. Death date is by conjecture only and isvariously assigned as being between 89 AD to 120 AD
: No accurate death date given. A variety of traditions say he preached inScythia, in Greece, in Asia Minor and Thrace. He is reported to have been crucifiedat Patrae in Achaia.
Again, the Bible does not say when he died nor do we have accurateinformation. According to tradition he preached in Phrygia, and died at Hierapolis.
There is no information concerning his death, not even by tradition
: He must have lived many years as an apostle, since he was the author ofthe Gospel of Matthew which was written at least twenty years after the death ofChrist. There is reason to believe that he stayed for fifteen years at Jerusalem, afterwhich he went as missionary to the Persians, Parthians and Medes. There is a legendthat he died a martyr in Ethiopia
: The earlier traditions, as believed in the fourth century, say he preached inParthia or Persia, and was finally buried at Edessa. The later traditions carry himfarther east. His martyrdom whether in Persia or India, is said to have been by alance, and is commemorated by the Latin Church on December 21 the Greek Churchon October 6, and by the Indians on July 1.
 James Alpheus
: We know he lived at least five years after the death of Christbecause of mentions in the Bible. According to tradition, James son of Alpheus wasthrown down from the temple by the scribes and Pharisees; he was then stoned, andhis brains dashed out with a fuller’s club.
Simon the Canaanite
– No information either in the Bible or by tradition.
 Jude (Thaddeus)
according to tradition Jude taught in Armenia, Syria and Persiawhere he was martyred. Tradition tells us he was buried in Kara Kalisa in what isnow Iran.
 Judas Iscariot:
Shortly after the death of Christ Judas killed himself. According tothe Bible he hanged himself, (Matthew 27:5) at Aceldama, on the southern slope ofthe valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, and in the act he fell down a precipice andwas dashed into pieces.
Biography Brief Death
1Peter ‡·A fisherman whom Jesuscalled the
.·First Bishop of Rome
Crucified at Rome under Nero.Crucified up-side-down at his requestbecause he did consider himself worthy to becrucified like Jesus.2Andrew[brother of Peter]·Introduced Peter to Jesus·Brought the lad with fiveloaves and fishes to Jesus.
Crucified at Patræ, Achaia [southernGreece].Hung alive on the cross two days, exhortingspectators all the while.3 James ‡·A fisherman·With Jesus in Gethsamane
Killed 10 years after the first martyr,Stephen.His accuser was converted by James courageand the two were beheaded together.4 John ‡[brother of James]·Known as the "beloveddisciple."·James and John "sons ofthunder"·At foot of cross with JesusMother
Natural Death
The only apostle who did notmeet a martyrs death. Banished by RomanEmperor Domitian to Isle of Patmos wherehe received
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
.,thelast book in the Bible.5Phillip·The name
is a Greekname·Brought Bartholomew[Nathaniel] to Jesus
Crucified about 54ADPreached the Gospel in Phrygia which was inthe Roman Province of Asia near Ephesus[Turkey].6Bartholomew[Nathaniel]·Jesus saw him under a figtree.
Crucified by the idolaters of India.Preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia [Iraq],Persia [Iran] and India.7Thomas[Didymus]·A fisherman on the samecrew as Peter and Andrew.·Called the "doubter."
Thrust through with spear in India.Preached the Gospel in Parthia [Iran] and inKerala, [southern India] where yet today the
 Mar Thoma Church
exists.8Matthew ‡·Also called Levi·Tax collector for the Romans
Killed with a sword about 60AD.Preached the Gospel in Ethiopia.

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