Who Are the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ?

The 12 apostles of Jesus are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Nathanael or Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the Less, Simon the Zealot, Thaddeus or Jude, and Judas Iscariot. The Bible books of Matthew, Mark and Luke list the names of the 12 apostles.

Jesus Christ selected 12 men from his early followers to become his disciples, and eventually the apostles. They were instructed by Jesus to spread the message of the gospel and they became the pioneers of the New Testament church. The men Jesus chose were not scholars, rabbis or religious people, but just regular people.

The Apostle Peter was a leader of the disciples; whenever they are listed, his name is first. Andrew was Peter's brother. James was the Apostle John's brother. Peter, James and John made up Jesus' inner circle. The least-known apostles are James the Less, Nathanael or Bartholomew, Simon the Zealot and Thaddeus or Jude.

Judas Iscariot is well known as the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss. The name Judas is now synonymous with traitor. Judas led the temple guard to Jesus in Gethsamane and identified him to the guards by kissing him on the cheek. This led to the crucifixion of Jesus. Judas was paid 30 silver pieces for his betrayal.