Question: "How old were Jesus’ disciples?" Answer: The Bible does not specifically give the ages of any of the original twelve disciples. However, a few observations can be made regarding their ages. First, Scripture teaches Jesus was about 30 years old when He began His public ministry (Luke 3:23).
Here, Jesus and Peter pay the temple tax which was required to be paid by every man aged 20 years and older (Exodus 30:13-14). The other disciples were there (see preceding verses), but do not seem to have paid the tax. Perhaps they were young enough to be exempt from paying it, and so were still teenagers.
Jesus’ twelve disciples were probably young, almost all under the age of eighteen and some as young as 15. All were most likely bachelors, but for one. There is no indicator in Scripture of a specific age for any disciple. So we look through the lens of historical context as well as clues derived from Scripture.
I recently heard someone say that all the disciples, except Peter, were under 20 years old. The reason given was the story of the 'coin in the fishes mouth' (Matthew ch17 v24-27) The coin in the story was enough to pay the taxes for Jesus and Peter only, even though the other disciples were present.
The student who presented in my historical Jesus class on the twelve disciples mentioned that disciples - i.e. apprentices or students - were normally younger people. We tend to think of Jesus ...
RESPONSE: This question has a surprising answer, as you rightly deduce.The disciples, likely, were very young. The question you seem concerned with is how the disciples could be alive and writing about the events of Jesus as late as 95-100 A.D. (as in the case of John).
He was the last of the apostles to die. Though there were attempts to martyr him, he lived into old age. Judas Iscariot. Judas was the treasurer among Jesus and His disciples. He was also the traitor who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16; John 12:5, 6). Judas was from Judea whereas the other disciples were from Galilee.
Do you know where should I look for information on how old were the apostles when they joined Jesús? Answer; I am definitely not an expert on this question, but I have read a number of speculations by different authors on this subject. Bottom line, the Bible provides no direct evidence for the age of the apostles.
Jesus Christ selected the 12 disciples from among his early followers to become his closest companions. After an intensive discipleship course and following his resurrection from the dead, the Lord fully commissioned the apostles (Matthew 28:16-2, Mark 16:15) to advance God's kingdom and carry the gospel message to the world.
They were not the kind of group you might have expected Jesus to send forth on his mission to reach the world. There was nothing special or spectacular about them. The twelve apostles were just ordinary working men. But Jesus formed them into the backbone of the church and gave them the most ...