OK now there’s a reasonable question if ever there was one. We who were raised in the church all know that Jesus’ hand-picked trainee group was made up of twelve men. Quick, can you name them?
It’s embarassing to admit the question stumped a few seminary students the other day, including myself. We ended up having to Google it! So here, for future reference, is a list of “The Twelve”:
Simon – Who Jesus nick-named “Peter” (“The Rock”), a fisherman from Bethsaida of Galilee.
Andrew - Simon’s brother, also a fisherman and a former disciple of John the Baptist’s.
James – the son of Zebedee, and…
John – James’ brother. Jesus nick-named the two of them “Boanerges” (“Sons of Thunder”)
(it seems even in Jesus’ day guys were still guys and did typical guy-things like give each other silly nick-names, LOL)
Philip – also from Bethsaida.
Bartholomew – may also have been referred to as “Nathaneal”.
Matthew – the tax collector, also known as “Levi”.
Thomas – also known as “Didymous” (“The Twin”).
James – the son of Alphaeus.
Thaddeus – also known in other places as “Jude”.
Simon – also known as “the Zealot”.
Judas Iscariot – who betrayed Jesus. After his death he was replaced by Matthias.
There you have it — twelve ordinary men who, on getting to know Jesus, changed the world.