I have long wondered and had questions about the Apostles, for examplewhat were their names, who were they, where were they from and what relationwere they to Christ, how long did they live, when and where did they die?

Christ chose twelve apostles{1} to found and on which base His Churchupon{2} . Numbers are not just randomly selected and it was no accidentthat Christ chose the number twelve as the Quorum of the Twelve. A cursoryglance shows the number twelve is significant and very important in viewof the 12 Tribes (Houses) of Israel and in the Day of Judgment, the factthat a council of the twelve (12) judges will oversee the judgment of mankindis also representative of the Twelve Houses of Israel.

Christ chose, set apart and ordained, the following twelve Apostles,not the Cardinal of Bishops, upon whom to found his church,

Matthew 10:2-4

1. Simon (Peter)
2. Andrew (brother is Simon Peter)
3. James (the son of Zebedee)
4. John (brother of James, son of Zebedee)
5. Philip
6. Bartholomew
7. Thomas
8. Matthew (the publican)
9. James (the son of Alphaeus)
10. Lebbaeus sir name (Thaddaeus)
11. Simon (the Canaanite)
12. Judas Iscariot

Mark 3:16-19

1. Simon (Peter)
2. James (the son of Zebedee)
3. John (brother of James, son of Zebedee)
4. Andrew
5. Philip
6. Bartholomew
7. Matthew
8. Thomas
9. James (the son of Alphaeus)
10. Thaddaeus
11. Simon (the Canaanite)
12. Judas Iscariot (the traitor)

Luke 6:13-16

1. Simon (Peter)
2. Andrew (brother of Simon Peter)
3. James (the son of Zebedee)
4. John (brother of James, son of Zebedee)
5. Philip
6. Bartholomew
7. Matthew
8. Thomas
9. James (the son of Alphaeus)
10. Simon (called Zelotes)
11. Judas (Brother of James)
12. Judas Iscariot (the traitor)

Any research always opens up a whole new set of questions but atleast, I was finding answers to some also. Matthias chosen as 13th Apostleto replace Judas Iscariot who committed suicide.

Acts 1:26
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias;and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

It would be regarded as heresy to even entertain the possibilitythat Paul wasn't an ordained apostle but rather merely called and ordainedto preach as a missionary. Regarding Saul of Tarsus' conversion (Saul'sname in Latin was Paul), we read,

Acts 9:3-6
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shinedround about him a light from heaven:

4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,Saul, why persecutest (sic) thou me?

5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whomthou persecutest (sic): [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have meto do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and itshall be told thee what thou must do.

James, the son of Zebedee, numbered among the Twelve Apostles, waskilled by Herod leaving a vacancy of one.

Acts 12:1-2
1 ¶ Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth [his] handsto vex certain of the church.

2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Peter is also taken by Herod but with the help of an Angel escapesprison and death.

Acts 12:3-11
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to takePeter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

4 And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered[him] to four quaternions (sic) of soldiers to keep him; intending afterEaster to bring him forth to the people.

5 ¶ Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made withoutceasing of the church unto God for him.

6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peterwas sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepersbefore the door kept the prison.

7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon [him], and a light shinedin the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying,Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands.

8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals.And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, andfollow me.

9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist (sic) not that it wastrue which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came untothe iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his ownaccord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwiththe angel departed from him.

11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety,that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the handof Herod, and [from] all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

While I do not readily see whether and when Peter died, it wouldbe a safe assumption to assume he did not live until at least 325 A.D.Still, of Saul of Tarsus' (Paul's) & Barnabas' ordination to some calling,we read

Acts 13:2-3
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them,they sent [them] away.

Was Paul called to be an Apostle? If so, what was Barnabas' calling?If Paul was called, who ordained him?

I thought I would share this research with you in the hope that it willanswer some of your own questions. That's what is life if for. To helpeach other answer our own questions if possible. I'm not here to tell anybody,'This is he way it was.' I will gladly entertain reading your treatiseon the above subject.

There are those who say, "The Bible is the literal word of God!" Bythis and other research, I have proven that man, even inspired man or womanis fallible. God did not put us here on earth to paint exactly by the numbersso to speak. We're to use faith and prayer. Even then, I don't believeGod will tell anyone, 'This is absolute.' Those who say we are to interpretthe Bible or, any book for that matter, as the literal word of God, heavenforbid but that person is absolving man of any and all error and sayingthat God is himself, less than perfect. Personally, I can not honor, respector let alone believe in a God that was less than perfect!

{1} Matthew 10:1-4
{2} Ephesians 12:19-20

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