We all know the story as written in the book of Acts.
But after that, and many many years after, what happened to the apostles?
Searching through the internet and looking at many websites, I have summarized as follows:
- PETER and PAUL were both martyred in Rome. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified upside down at his request, since he did not feel that he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
- ANDREW went to Soviet Union, Turkey, and Greece – where he was crucified on an x-shaped cross. This meant that he was tilted to one side or the other and was not crucified vertically or horizontally. It is believed that while he hung on that cross dying, he called to the crowds and taught them about Jesus Christ and how they might be saved.
- THOMAS, the doubting Thomas, preached in the area east of Syria and as far east as India – where he died pierced by a spear.
- PHILIP had a powerful ministry in Carthage in North Africa and then in Asia Minor (Turkey). He converted the wife of a Roman Proconsul and was arrested and cruelly put to death – impaled by iron hooks in his ankles and hung upside down.
- MATTHEW the tax collector ministered in Persia and Ethiopia. He was arrested in Ethiopia and was staked or impaled to the earth by spears and then beheaded. He went where few historians or christians ventured to go – the remote places in Africa.
- BARTHOLOMEW had widespread missionary travels to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, Ethiopia and Southern Arabia. He was martyred in Armenia. He is also known as Nathaniel. He was flayed to death by a whip, where he was literally torn to shreds.
- JAMES the son of Alpheus ministered in Syria. Stoned and clubbed to death. He was thrown first 100 feet off a wall.
- SIMON the zealot ministered in Persia, and was killed after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god. Some writings say that he was also crucified. (no way of knowing the truth here)
- MATTHIAS was the apostle chosen to replace Judas. He was sent to Syria with Andrew and was put to death by burning. Some say he was stoned and beheaded. (no way of knowing the truth here)
- JOHN is the only one of the company generally thought to have died a natural dead from old age. He was the leader of the church in Ephesus and is said to have taken care of Mary, the mother of Jesus. he was exiled in the Island of Patmos, where he wrote the last book of the New Testament – the Revelation.
- JUDE who wrote the next to the last book of the New Testament in the same name went all the way to Persia (Iran) – where he was crucified. (no way of knowing the truth here)
- JUDAS ISCARIOT the betrayer, some believed, is not fair to be called an apostle since he never truly converted nor was ever commissioned. We all know his death after Jesus’ crucifixion. Some writings of the apostle does not include him.