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The Apostles' Deaths

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The Original Document


Matthew: Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound.
Mark: Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

Luke: was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

John: Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome . However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos . He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only  apostle to die peacefully.

Peter: Was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

James: Just The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that  he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

James the Great, son of Zebedee: was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem . The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Bartholomew (also known as Nathaniel): Was a missionary to Asia . He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey . Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

Andrew: Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece . After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: "I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it." He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.

Thomas: Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.
Jude:  Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

Matthias: The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

Barnabas: One of the group of seventy disciples, wrote the Epistle of Barnabas. He preached throughout Italy and Cyprus . Barnabas was stoned to death at Salonica.

Paul: Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire . These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Since receiving and sending that document I have been doing some research myself and probably the best site I have found is this one:


Not so much for the information that it contains but for the fantastic links it has. Each of the apostles has 3 or 4 linked biographies (and other links) with some very detailed information. Some of which will contradict (with explanations) the information contained in the above document.

Much of the life of those early Christians is the subject of legend and, as you read through some of the biographies, there are certainly contradictions and controversies about the lives of these people that has been handed down through folklore.

As this site is strictly the Apostles as we know them, follow up is needed on Paul, Barnabas, Mark and Luke. I will no doubt also find information on others of that era (such as Apollos).

The site did, of course reveal information about Philip and Simon the Zealot, who are not mentioned in the above document.

I recommend a look at this site and it's links.