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The Twelve '''Apostles''' were men who, according to the [[Bible]], were chosen from among the disciples of [[Jesus]] for a mission to [[Galilee]], where they healed the sick and drove out [[demon]]s.
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The '''Apostles''' were people who, according to the [[Bible]], were chosen from among the disciples of [[Jesus]] to spread his word. The original twelve followed Jesus on his mission to [[Galilee]], where they healed the sick and drove out [[demon]]s. They include [[Judas Iscariot]], who according to the [[New Testament]] betrayed Jesus. [[Christian]] mythology also states that many of these twelve became [[martyr]]s while defending their faiths in [[Christianity]].  
  
[[Christian]] mythology also states that many of these twelve became [[martyr]]s while defending their faiths in [[Christianity]].
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==Individual apostles==
  
==The Twelve Apostles==
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The original twelve apostles were [[Simon Peter]], [[Andrew]], [[James, son of Zebedee|James (son of Zebedee)]], [[John the Apostle|John]], [[Philip]], [[Bartholomew]], [[Doubting Thomas|Thomas]], [[James, son of Alphaeus|James (son of Alphaeus)]], [[Matthew the Apostle|Matthew]], [[Simon the Canaanite]], [[Judas Iscariot]], and [[Jude the Apostle|Thaddeus (aka Jude)]].
  
The apostles were [[Simon Peter]], [[Andrew]], [[James]], [[John the evangelist|John]], [[Philip]], [[Bartholomew]], [[Doubting Thomas|Thomas]], [[James]], [[Matthew the evangelist|Matthew]], [[Simon the Canaanite]], [[Judas Iscariot]], and [[Thaddeus]].
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After Judas's suicide/accidental death, [[Matthias]] was selected by random lot to replace him {{Bible|Acts 1:23–26}}. [[Paul the Apostle]] is often counted as an apostle, although he never met Jesus in person.
  
==Martyrdom==
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{{Bible|Galatians 1:18-19}} calls [[James the Just]] an apostle.
 
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The disciples all died for their faiths, many by [[crucifixion]] and others by [[stoning]].
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==Apologetics==
 
==Apologetics==
 
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{{main article|Would someone die for what they knew was a lie?}}
The fact that these men, all eyewitnesses to the resurrection of [[Jesus]], were willing to die for their faith, is the most dramatic evidence that it was not a hoax. It is one thing to die for a religious belief, such as an Islamic fundamentalist or a follower of [[David Koresh]]. It’s quite another to die for a known lie.
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The fact that the original surviving apostles, all [[The Bible was written by eyewitnesses|eyewitnesses]] to the resurrection of [[Jesus]], were willing to die for their faith, is the most dramatic evidence that it was not a hoax. It is one thing to die for a religious belief, such as an Islamic fundamentalist or a follower of [[David Koresh]]. It’s quite another to die for a known lie.
  
 
==Counter-apologetics==
 
==Counter-apologetics==
  
Like stories about Jesus himself, the story of the [[apostles]] is written primarily in the [[Bible]], a document of questionable historical accuracy. There are few extra-biblical accounts of their alleged martyrdom. These stories are best treated with the same skepticism as any other part of the Bible.
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Like stories about Jesus himself, the story of the [[apostles]] is written primarily in the [[Bible]], a document of [[The Bible is not a reliable historical source|questionable historical accuracy]]. There are few reliable accounts of their alleged martyrdom. These stories are best treated with the same skepticism as any other part of the Bible.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

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The Apostles were people who, according to the Bible, were chosen from among the disciples of Jesus to spread his word. The original twelve followed Jesus on his mission to Galilee, where they healed the sick and drove out demons. They include Judas Iscariot, who according to the New Testament betrayed Jesus. Christian mythology also states that many of these twelve became martyrs while defending their faiths in Christianity.

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Individual apostles

The original twelve apostles were Simon Peter, Andrew, James (son of Zebedee), John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Matthew, Simon the Canaanite, Judas Iscariot, and Thaddeus (aka Jude).

After Judas's suicide/accidental death, Matthias was selected by random lot to replace him Acts 1:23–26 Bible-icon.png. Paul the Apostle is often counted as an apostle, although he never met Jesus in person.

Galatians 1:18-19 Bible-icon.png calls James the Just an apostle.

Apologetics

Main Article: Would someone die for what they knew was a lie?

The fact that the original surviving apostles, all eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus, were willing to die for their faith, is the most dramatic evidence that it was not a hoax. It is one thing to die for a religious belief, such as an Islamic fundamentalist or a follower of David Koresh. It’s quite another to die for a known lie.

Counter-apologetics

Like stories about Jesus himself, the story of the apostles is written primarily in the Bible, a document of questionable historical accuracy. There are few reliable accounts of their alleged martyrdom. These stories are best treated with the same skepticism as any other part of the Bible.

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