Meet the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ

Take a few moments to learn about the 12 apostles of Jesus and their characteristics. Discover lessons from the men who helped ignite the light of the truth that still dwells within hearts today and calls people to come and follow Christ.


Apostle James
Detail of “Saint James the Greater” by Guido Reni, c. 1636-1638. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Each of the synoptic Gospels identifies James as an early disciple of Jesus. James the son of Zebedee, often called James the Greater to distinguish him from the other apostle named James, was a member of Christ’s inner circle, which included his brother, the apostle John, and Peter.

Not only did James and John earn a special nickname from the Lord — “sons of thunder” — they were privileged to be at the front and center of three supernatural events in the life of Christ. In addition to these honours, James was the first of the 12 apostles to be martyred for his faith in A.D. 44.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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