Friday, February 16, 2018

81 - The Disciples of Christ

This post is an addendum to my previous post about the disciples preaching the Gospel of the kingdom to the whole then known world before the fall of Jerusalem.  This addendum also shows the deaths of many of them.

Many other Jewish Christians were also dispersed to various countries and they also spread the Gospel wherever they went.


The Disciples


Peter - It is traditionally believed that Peter first traveled to Antioch and established a community there. ... After that he may have visited Corinth before heading to Rome. There he helped form the Christian community and was ultimately martyred in the Circus of Nero around 64. 

Andrew - many ancient traditions point to Andrew, Peter’s brother, as the Apostle to the Greeks. It is believed that he preached to Greek communities and was martyred at Patras on a cross in the shape of an X. 

James the Great - (Not the writer of The Epistle of James)  It is held that James was the first apostle to be martyred. In the Acts of the Apostles it reads, “Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:1-2). He died in 44 AD in Jerusalem.
John - The author of the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation, John was the only apostle not to have a martyr’s death.  He died around 100 AD and is buried near Ephesus.
Philip - In the years following Pentecost, Philip ministered to Greek-speaking communities. Little is known about his adventures, except that he was martyred around 80 AD. 
Bartholomew - Various traditions have him preaching in different areas. It is believed that he was martyred.
Thomas - The “doubting” apostle, Thomas is widely known for his missionary efforts in India. ... He died around 72 AD and his tomb is located in Mylapore, India.
Matthew - Matthew is most well known for his Gospel. He preached to various communities in the Mediterranean before his martyrdom in Ethiopia. His tomb is located in the cathedral in Salerno, Italy.

James the Less - Scholars believe that Saint James the Less authored the “Epistle of St. James”. After the apostles dispersed and left Jerusalem, James remained and became the first bishop in the holy city. He remained there for several decades until he was stoned to death by the Jewish authorities in the year 62. [https://aleteia.org]