The Twelve

The Twelve

A group chosen by Jesus to accompany him and share his ministry (Matt 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13-16; John 6:70; Acts 1:13). The number apparently refers to the twelve tribes of Israel (Matt 19:28) and symbolizes the restoration of Israel. As witnesses to his ministry and resurrection, the Twelve authenticate the church’s post-resurrection proclamation of the traditions about Jesus (1Cor 15:5; cf. the selection of Matthias to replace Judas, Acts 1:15-26).

Matt 10:1-4

The Twelve Apostles
1Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and ever ... View more

Mark 3:13-19

Jesus Appoints the Twelve
13He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named a ... View more

Luke 6:13-16

13And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:14Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and Jam ... View more

John 6:70

70Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.”

Acts 1:13

13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew ... View more

Matt 19:28

28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will a ... View more

1Cor 15:5

5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

Acts 1:15-26

15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said,16“Friends, the scripture had to be f ... View more

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