When Did the 12 Apostles of Jesus Live?


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The 12 Apostles of Jesus probably lived and died during the first half of the first century A.D. Besides the Bible, there is little written about them or their lives, and some or all may be legendary figures rather than real historical people.

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The Apostles were the chosen messengers of Jesus's good news, according to Christian religion, that the savior had come to redeem mankind. All 12 apostles joined Jesus during his earliest travels through Galilee, and they, as well as a few others such as Mary Magdalene and Jesus's mother Mary, accompanied him until his crucifixion. After the resurrection, they traveled throughout the Levant and bordering regions, establishing Christian churches and, according to the Bible and apocryphal texts, all but John were martyred in various ways.

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