The Twelve

The Twelve

A group chosen by Jesus to accompany him and share his ministry (Matt 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13-16; John 6:70; Acts 1:13). The number apparently refers to the twelve tribes of Israel (Matt 19:28) and symbolizes the restoration of Israel. As witnesses to his ministry and resurrection, the Twelve authenticate the church’s post-resurrection proclamation of the traditions about Jesus (1Cor 15:5; cf. the selection of Matthias to replace Judas, Acts 1:15-26).

Matt 10:1-4

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Mark 3:13-19

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Luke 6:13-16

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John 6:70

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Acts 1:13

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Matt 19:28

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1Cor 15:5

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Acts 1:15-26

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