A very nice write up on the disciples (my source for this webpage): click here
….And now… what ever happened to the disciples of Jesus….
We all know what happened to him…
According to Hippolytus:
Andrew preached to the Scythians [modern day Georgia] and Thracians [modern day Bulgaria], and was
, suspended on an olive tree, at Patrae, a town of Achaia [Greece]; and there too he was buried.
According to Hippolytus, Bartholomew preached in India:
Bartholomew, again, preached to the Indians, to whom he also gave the Gospel according to Matthew, and was
with his head downward, and was buried in Allanum, a town of the great Armenia [modern day southern Georgia].
Eusebius, in his Church History, confirms the ministry of Bartholomew in India, and adds an eye witness account:
About that time, Pantaenus, a man highly distinguished for his learning, had charge of the school of the faithful in Alexandria… Pantaenus…is said to have gone to India. It is reported that among persons there who knew of Christ, he found the Gospel according to Matthew, which had anticipated his own arrival. For Bartholomew, one of the apostles, had preached to them, and left with them the writing of Matthew in the Hebrew language, which they had preserved till that time. —- (Book 5, Chapter 10)
James, Son of Alphaeus
Hippolytus identifies that James was stoned to death in Jerusalem:
And James the son of Alphaeus, when preaching in Jerusalem, was
stoned to death
by the Jews, and was buried there beside the temple.
James, Son of ZebedeeJames was the brother of John, the disciple “that Jesus loved”.
According to Hippolytus:
James, his brother, when preaching in Judea,
was cut off with the sword
by Herod the tetrarch, and was buried there.
Eusebius descibed more precisely what was cut off of James:
First Stephen was stoned to death by them, and after him James, the son of Zebedee and the brother of John, was beheaded… (Book 3, Chapter 5)
Yep… James’ head was cut…
John, brother of James and son of ZebedeeJohn was one of the few disciples that did not die a cruel death, but of “old age”.
Eusebius discusses the reason that John wrote his Gospel:
“Matthew and John have left us written memorials, and they, tradition says, were led to write only under the pressure of necessity…And when Mark and Luke had already published their Gospels, they say that John, who had employed all his time in proclaiming the Gospel orally, finally proceeded to write for the following reason. The three Gospels already mentioned having come into the hands of all and into his own too, they say that he accepted them and bore witness to their truthfulness; but that
there was lacking in them an account of the deeds done by Christ at the beginning of his ministry
.” (Book 3, Chapter 24)
According to Hippolytus, John was banished by Domitian to the Isle of Patmos, and later died in Ephesus:
John, again, in Asia, was banished by Domitian the king to the isle of Patmos, in which also he wrote his Gospel and saw the apocalyptic vision; and
in Trajan’s time he fell asleep at Ephesus
, where his remains were sought for, but could not be found.
Eusebius referenced to Bishop Papias of Hierapolis, as early as c. 110 A.D., bearing witness to Matthew’s authorship of his gospel:
….Matthew put together the oracles [of the Lord] in the Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as best he could.” (Eusebius, Book 3, Chapter 39)
According to Hippolytus:
Matthew wrote the Gospel in the Hebrew tongue, and published it at Jerusalem, and
at Hierees, a town of Parthia.\224 [Parthia is near modern day Tehran]
Eusebius, quoting Papias of Hierapolis (c. 110 A.D.), records a tradition that the Gospel of Mark preserved the Gospel as preached by Peter:
“Mark having become the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately whatsoever he remembered…. he accompanied Peter…” —- (Book 3, Chapter 39)
Irenaeus (c. 180 A.D.) records a similar tradition, and mentions that Peter and Paul founded the Church in Rome:
“Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the foundations of the Church. After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter…” —- (Irenaeus, “Against Heresies”, Book 3, Chapter 1)
Eusebius records that Peter was put to death under Nero in Rome:
It is, therefore, recorded that
Paul was beheaded in Rome
itself, and that
Peter likewise was crucified under Nero
. This account of Peter and Paul is substantiated by the fact that their names are preserved in the cemeteries of that place even to the present day. —- (Book 2, Chapter 25)
(Paul was a Roman citizen can cannot be crucified but got an “easier” death sentence)
Hippolytus confirmed the fact that Peter was crucified by Nero in Rome:
Peter preached the Gospel in Pontus, and Galatia, and Cappadocia, and Betania, and Italy, and Asia, and
was afterwards crucified by Nero in Rome with his head downward, as he had himself desired to suffer in that manner
According to Hippolytus, Philip preached and was executed in what today is eastern Turkey:
Philip preached in Phrygia, and
in Hierapolis with his head downward in the time of Domitian, and was buried there.
Simon the Zealot
According to Hippolytus, Simon the Zealot was the second Bishop of Jerusalem:
Simon the Zealot, the son of Clopas, who is also called Jude, became bishop of Jerusalem after James the Just, and fell asleep and
was buried there at the age of 120 years
Thaddaeus/Judas son of JamesAccording to Mat 10:3 (KJV): Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus…. Thaddaeus is also known as Lebbaeus.
Jude, who is also called Lebbaeus, preached to the people of Edessa, and to all Mesopotamia, and
at Berytus, and was buried there.
Hippolytus records that Thomas was an active missionary, and that he met his fate in India:
And Thomas preached to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and Margians, and
was thrust through in the four members of his body with a pine spear
at Calamene, the city of India, and was buried there.
Many of Jesus disciples died cruel deaths for preaching the gospel
From other sources (e.g., Paul’s letters, Pliny’s letters to Trajan ( click here ), all they need to do escape such a cruel death was to denounce their faith.
What sets the Bible apart from ALL books in the world? Its pages of PROPHECIES. No other book exists throughout history of mankind but the Bible that dares to fill its pages with prophecies, with most already fulfilled while others still yet to come. Other religious books write about moral platitudes but don’t contain prophecies. Below are the Bible prophecies Jesus fulfilled – His birth, death and resurrection.
Genuine divine Bible prophecy
The crucifixion of Jesus: Predicted 500 years before He was born and before crucifixion exist and was used in the world as a form of capital punishment.
Prophecy is foretelling an event in such detail before it happens so as to necessarily require divine guidance. The Bible is a book containing hundreds of detailed prophecies. There are, for example, well over 60 distinct predictions in regard to our divine Saviour Jesus Christ. Here is a sample of just 10 prophecies that foretold the crucifixion of Christ. Not only were the predictions made 1000 years before Christ came from heaven to earth, but they were made over 500 years before crucifixion was first used anywhere in the world as a form of capital punishment! Crucifixion didn’t exist when the prophecies were made.
A scientist picked out 48 such prophecies and determined that the probability of one man randomly fulfilling them all is 1 in 10 to the exponent of 157. That is one followed by 157 zeros! Your chances of winning a typical lottery jackpot is about 1 in 108. (100,000,000) Yet, Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies!
THE LIFE OF CHRIST/THE CHRISTIAN CROSS The Talmud teaches that Jesus Christ was illegitimate and was conceived during menstruation; that he had the soul of Esau; that he was a fool, a conjurer, a seducer; that he was crucified, buried in hell and set up as an idol ever since by his followers.
1. ILLEGITIMATE AND CONCEIVED DURING MENSTRUATION
The following is narrated in the Tract Kallah, 1b:
“Once when the Elders were seated at the Gate, two young men passed by, one of whom had his head covered, the other with his head bare. Rabbi Eliezer remarked that the one in his bare head was illegitimate, a mamzer. Rabbi Jehoschua said that he was conceived during menstruation, ben niddah. Rabbi Akibah, however, said that he was both. Whereupon the others asked Rabbi Akibah why he dared to contradict his colleagues. He answered that he could prove what he said. He went therefore to the boy’s mother whom he saw sitting in the market place selling vegetables and said to her: ‘My daughter, if you will answer truthfully what I am going to ask you, I promise that you will be saved in the next life.’ She demanded that he would swear to keep his promise, and Rabbi Akibah did so—but with his lips only, for in his heart he invalidated his oath. Then he said: ‘Tell me, what kind of son is this of yours’? To which she replied: ‘The day I was married I was having menstruation, and because of this my husband left me. But an evil spirit came and slept with me and from this intercourse my son was born to me.’ Thus it was proved that this young man was not only illegitimate but also conceived during the menstruation of his mother. And when his questioners heard this they declared: ‘Great indeed was Rabbi Akibah when he corrected his Elders’! And they exclaimed: ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel who revealed his secret to Rabbi Akibah the son of Joseph’ “!
That the Jews understand this story to refer to Jesus and his mother, Mary, is clearly demonstrated in their book Toldath Jeschu—’The Generations of Jesus’—where the birth of our Savior is narrated in almost the same words.(4)
Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible
Tacitus—or more formally, Caius/Gaius (or Publius) Cornelius Tacitus (55/56–c. 118 C.E.)—was a Roman senator, orator and ethnographer, and arguably the best of Roman historians.
The other strong evidence that speaks directly about Jesus as a real person comes from Josephus, a Jewish priest who grew up as an aristocrat in first-century
Pliny the Younger, a Roman governor and friend of Tacitus, wrote about early Christian worship of Christ “as to a god.”
No pagans and Jews who opposed Christianity denied Jesus’ historicity or even questioned it…Jewish sources treated Jesus as a fully historical person … [T]he rabbis … used the real events of Jesus’ life against him”
Lawrence Mykytiuk • 12/03/2016
Read Lawrence Mykytiuk’s article “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible” as it originally appeared in Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2015. The article was first republished in Bible History Daily in 2014.—Ed.
After two decades toiling in the quiet groves of academe, I published an article in BAR titled “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible.”a The enormous interest this article generated was a complete surprise to me. Nearly 40 websites in six languages, reflecting a wide spectrum of secular and religious orientations, linked to BAR’s supplementary web page.b Some even posted translations.I thought about following up with a similar article on people in the New Testament, but I soon realized that this would be so dominated by the question of Jesus’ existence that I needed to consider this question separately. This is that article:1
Did Jesus of Nazareth, who was called Christ, exist as a real human being, “the man Christ Jesus” according to 1 Timothy 2:5?
The sources normally discussed fall into three main categories: (1) classical (that is, Greco-Roman), (2) Jewish and (3) Christian. But when people ask whether it is possible to prove that Jesus of Nazareth actually existed, as John P. Meier pointed out decades ago, “The implication is that the Biblical evidence for Jesus is biased because it is encased in a theological text written by committed believers.2 What they really want to know is: Is there extra-Biblical evidence … for Jesus’ existence?”c
Therefore, this article will cover classical and Jewish writings almost exclusively.3
MEDIA IGNORAMUS! RNC did not call Trump King or Jesus. Fact is, it’s the liberal media who called Obama as the world’s messiah ( means Savior ) after he got elected – and they have been worshiping the guy for eight years, laying prostrate or kneeling before him like obedient cult members that they are.
Left-wing media, whose members worship the religion of secular godlessness, suddenly become ‘expert’ in Christianity after reading RNC Christmas message for Christians. Making their own FAKE NEWS based on their liberal ignorance, they claim the RNC message referred to Trump as King and also compared him to Jesus. FALSE! If they read the Bible or listen to Christmas songs, they’d know Christmas is all about Jesus as King, Jesus the new born King, Jesus as the Good News, Jesus the new Hope, Jesus the Savior, etc. Trump was not mentioned and Christians will never compare any leader to Jesus. That’s blasphemy.
Trump Communications Director Sean Spencer addressed the liberal media fake news, calling the allegation ‘offensive’ and ‘politicizing such a holy day.’
Christ is the King. He was born today so we could be saved. Its sad & disappointing you are politicizing such a holy day. https://t.co/NEOkLNd1Mz
Journalists and pundits alike on Sunday suggested that the Republican National Committee called President-elect Donald Trump a king and that the RNC compared him to Jesus. RNC spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the suggestion “frankly offensive.”
The response to the statement was swift. Jonathan Chait, a liberal writer for New York magazine, said, “The distinction between a president and a king is not trivial.” Kyle Griffin, a producer for MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” tweeted, “No joke—This line is actually in the RNC’s Christmas message.” And Politico reporter Glenn Thrush quoted the statement and wrote “#KEOTUS,” meaning “King-elect of the United States.”
BuzzFeed asked [Sean] Spicer if the RNC made an intentional comparison between Trump and Jesus, and he responded, “I hope you are kidding. Christ is the King in the Christian faith. To ask this on Christmas is frankly offensive.”
An employee at Dollywood – the Dolly Parton-owned Tennessee theme park – shared an amazing discovery on Facebook Tuesday after severe wildfires tore through the Gatlinburg area.
The wildfires left at least four people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
Isaac McCord was cleaning up debris along with co-workers when he noticed a single, burned Bible page under a bench. Incredibly, the page included a verse from Joel 1:19 mentioning fire:
“O Lord to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”
Dollywood to give $1,000 per month to families who lost everything in wildfire
WATE 6 On Your Side Staff Published: November 30, 2016, 9:33 pm Updated: December 5, 2016, 2:58 pm
PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Dolly Parton’s The Dollywood Foundation announced Wednesday it would be giving $1,000 per month for six months to families who lost everything in the wildfires.
“It’s a very big dream at this scale, but I think you know Dolly is the chief of big dreams,” said Dollywood Foundation’s David Dotson.
Parton issued a statement on the foundation’s website saying she was starting the “My People Fund” to help provide a hand up to families affected by the fires.
We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. To aid in their recovery effort, the Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet.
The site also provided a donation link and said more information will be forthcoming on Friday. People from all over the country have donated to the fund. As of Friday, the fund has already raised more than $1 million.
“There was never a question if something should be done, but what should be done,” said Dotson. “The world is responding in a big way.”
Any family, whether they own or rent, whose primary residence was destroyed or is uninhabitable due to the wildfires is eligible for assistance. A pre-application is available at http://www.dollywoodfoundation.org. Completion is not required, but is encouraged to expedite the distribution process.
The first funds will be distributed from December 15-16 and December 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the CARE MORE Assistance Center at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. One check per household per month will be issued. All recipients must show a photo ID and families can receive aid for up to six months. Anyone needing help with the application process should call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.