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What jobs did the twelve apostles have and where did they hail from?

Andrew was the brother of Peter and a son of Jonas. He lived in Bethsaida and Capernaum and was a fisherman before he was called by Jesus. Originally he was a disciple of John the Baptist (Mark 1:16-18). Andrew brought his brother, Peter, to Jesus (John 1:40)

Bartholomew Nathanael son of Talmai lived in Cana of Galilee. Tradition says he was a mis­sionary in Armenia; some scholars believe that he was the only disciple who came from royal blood, or noble birth. His name means Son of Tolmai or Talmai (2 Sam. 3:3). Talmai was king of Geshur whose daughter, Maacah, was the wife of David, mother of Absalom.

James the Elder, Boanerges, son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of John the Apostle; a fish­erman who lived in Bethsaida, Capernaum and Jerusalem.

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James the Lesser or Younger, son of Alpheus, or Cleophas, and Mary lived in Galilee. He was the brother of the Apostle Jude.

John Boanerges son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of James, the Apostle. He was known as this Beloved Disciple. A fisherman who lived in Bethsaida, Capernaum and Jerusalem

Judas Iscariot, the traitor, son of Simon who lived in Kerioth

Jude, Thaddeus, or Lebbeus, son of Alpheus or Cleophas and Mary. He was a brother of James the Younger. He was one of the very little-known Apostles and lived in Galilee. Jerome called Jude "Trinomious" which means "a man with three names." In Mark 3:18 he is called Thaddeus. In Matthew 10:3 he is called Lebbeus. His surname was Thaddeus. In Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13 he is called Judas the brother of James. Judas Thaddeus also was called Judas, the Zealot.

Many were Fisherman

Matthew, or Levi, son of Alpheus, lived in Capernaum. He was a publican or tax collector.

Simon Peter, son of Jonas, was a fisherman who lived in Bethsaida and Capernaum.

Philip came from Bethsaida, the town from which Peter and An­drew came (John 1:44). The likelihood is that he, too, was a fisherman

Simon, the Zealot, one of the little-known followers called the Canaanite or Zelotes, lived in Galilee. In two places in the King James Version, he is called a Canaanite (Mat. 10:4; Mark 3:18). However in the other two places, he is called Simon Zelotes (Luke 6: 15; Acts 1:13).

Thomas Didymus lived in Galilee.


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  5. Can You email me what the 12 apostels jobs were before they followed Jesus?
    it only tells me about Mathew a tax collector, and The 2 brothers James and John were fisherman, and the 2 other brothers were fisherman. I would like to know what the rest of them did as a job before they followed christ… Please let me know where i can find this info , as i am doing an important project on this, would really appreciate it…..

    1. No one knows for sure. We have just a few records from those times with these people mentioned.

  6. No body know a lot about a lot of things in the bible, weather they are true or have been changed or left out.

  7. Don’t see the word of God anywhere here. Uninspiring
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  8. This is a great website! I totally recommend it! Especially if you’re sing it for a project. But, this is also really helpful to people who have questions about the bible, and this question would probably be “What did Jesus’ disciples/apostles do before they became a disciple/apostle?” Thanks again for this site.

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