Who Attended the Last Supper?

The Last Supper, the final meal Jesus ate with his followers according to Gospel accounts, was attended by Jesus and all 12 of his apostles. Two of the apostles arrived early and prepared the room and meal for the rest of them.

The Last Supper took place in an upstairs room in the city of Jerusalem. In attendance were Jesus of Nazareth; Simon Peter; Peter's brother Andrew; James and John, the sons of Zebedee; Thomas; Philip; Bartholomew; Thaddaeus; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot. During their meal, Jesus announced that one of those in the room would betray him. Afterward, Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his followers, telling them that the bread was the body and the wine the blood of God's new covenant. Judas participated in this ceremony despite his eventual betrayal.

According to references in the synoptic gospels, the last supper took place on the evening of the Jewish Passover, a celebration that symbolized the escape of the people of Israel from Egypt. In the account of the first Passover in the book of Exodus, the blood of the sacrificial lamb protected the firstborn children of Israel from the angel of death. In Christian tradition, this equated Jesus with the Passover lamb and indicated that his blood protected Christians from the plague of death.