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Jude Thaddeus, Apostle

Unlike the apostles Peter and John, the Apostle Jude was one of Jesus’ most mysterious and lesser-known disciples. He received only a handful of mentions in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), the gospel of John, and the book of Acts. The two Judes (or Judases) completed Jesus’ circle of disciples, but they were distinguished from each other by their surnames with one being Iscariot and the other Thaddeus. His identity became more confusing as some verses mentioned him as the brother of Jesus and James (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3), while another verse identified him as the son of James (Luke 6:16). According to tradition, he was also identified as the son of Clopas and Mary, the Virgin Mary’s cousin.

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It was only in the gospel of John that Jude got a “speaking part” when he asked Jesus why he chose to reveal himself to his disciples and not to the whole world. All his other deeds during Jesus’ short ministry were not recorded in all four gospels. Jude was mentioned once again in the Book of Acts as one of the disciples who remained with the small group of new Christians after Jesus’ death and ascension.

Saint Jude the Apostle

Jude was credited with writing the brief epistle that bore his name and written between 65 to 80 AD. The epistle—addressed to unknown recipients—dealt with the danger of believing in false teachers and was ended with a call to remain steadfast in the Christian faith. Apart from this epistle, all other information associated with Jude the apostle can be gleaned only from tradition. Such as his mission in the Levant, Mesopotamia, and Cyrenaica (Libya), as well as his return to Jerusalem in 62 AD to help in the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.

It was said that he died as a martyr in Syria along with another apostle, Simon the Zealot, and venerated as patron saint of desperate causes and situations. His feast day is celebrated every 28th of October.

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14 thoughts on “Jude Thaddeus, Apostle

  1. Many thanks!
    A very good help as I must stand before a judge,a second time who has the name of Thaddeus,I understand what must be fulfilled & how I must stand in the most holy faith of CHRIST JESUS,The Son of man.
    Again,all thankfulness for you!
    My love be with you all in Christ.

  2. There is a Christian fiction novel by J. A. Bouma that proposes that Jude, as Thaddeus “contended for the faith” by starting an early order to preserve the earliest memory of the ancient church and to stand against gnosticism, which ignored the essence of early Christianity by denying the physical ressurrection of Jesus and its significance for believers.

    1. Like you said, Fiction!
      Just like the “Left Behind” series. All fiction.
      Not to be confused with the True Gospel.

  3. Here’s my question if Thaddaeus and Jude are the same person then how do you reconcile the problem produced by JESUS himself. In Matthew 10:4-5 there are 12 people chosen by JESUS. If 2 or 3 were the same person. Then whom was JESUS looking at when he charged them to do healing? If Jude and Thaddaeus are the same you are at least missing 1 person charged by JESUS himself to heal.

    1. 1. Simon Peter
      2. Andrew (Peters Brother)
      3. James
      4. John ( James and John are brothers) sons of Zebedees
      5. Phillip
      6. Bartholomew
      7. Thomas
      8. Matthew
      9. James (son of alphaeus & brother to Jude Labbaeus Thaddaeus (referred to in ACTS 1 as Judas; not Iscariot)
      10. Jude (as mentioned above)
      11. Simon Zelotes (not Simon Peter)
      12. Judas Iscariot (betrayer)

  4. Thanks so much for this in sighting piece about my namesake.I must as well do the need full to remain Holy especially by walking on spirit as jude put in his book ,jude 1;20.

  5. I prayed to St Jude during a difficult pregnancy and gave my son the middle name Jude at his healthy birth on October 28th. I just found out that is the Feast Day for St. Jude! Have also made several Novenas for his assistance and every single prayer request has been granted.

    1. That’s lovely, thanks for sharing

  6. Where in the bible the word of God tell us who to pray to?
    I have only ever known to pray to our heavenly father holy name Jesus is Lord and Saviour ?

    1. So true. I used to be Catholic and pray to saints, but I learned it was sin. Now I am Protestant, and I only pray to Jesus. I can say now that my faith is so much more real than when I was a Catholic. I feel alive in Christ now.

      1. At the marriage in Cana it was Mary who said to Jesus “they have no wine” and he changed the water into wine after she told the people to “do whatever he tells you”. – I am Catholic and I believe this to be one of the reasons why Catholics ask Mary to pray for them. Therefore, I don’t believe it to be a sin to ask others to pray for us to the Lord our God.
        God Bless

  7. We ask our fellow Christians to pray for us in times of need, so also may we ask our fellow Christians who have gone before us and are at the Heavenly Throne of God to pray for us and intercede for us. There is a “crowd of witnesses” waiting to assist us with their prayers and intercession.

  8. Christi I understand your reply, but please give me scripture reference for praying to anyone other than God, or Jesus who is our mediator, and the great of witnesses in Hebrews 12:1 are all the heroes of faith that have gone on before us, we are to take notice of their lives of faith and live by faith in God, 1 Timothy 2:5 says that there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. So, there is no need to go to Mary or anyone else, it is not scripture. If I am mistaken, please give me the scripture

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