Recently I was reading an article on a popular wordpress blog written by an individual I know to be a biblical scholar. In the article he mentions that Luke was not one of the 12 disciples. When I read that it threw me as I thought I had a handle on the written history of the bible and who the 12 disciples were. So, let me ask you a question. How confident are you that you know the authors and disciples within the New Testament?
I did some research on both topics and found the following. I present this information for your edification in hopes it will help you increase in your knowledge of God’s Word the bible.
The twelve apostles/disciples in no certain order were.
James and Judas Alpheus
Simon the Zealot
After reading this list you will discover like I did that not all of the apostles mentioned above were responsible for writing the books of the New Testament. To help expand your knowledge in this area, the following is a list of the new testament books and their authors.
Matthew – Matthew the tax collector
Mark – Mark the evangelist and companion of Peter
Luke & Acts – Luke the evangelist (not an apostle)
John – John the son of Zebedee
Romans, First & Second Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians and Philemon – all of these books are works by Paul.
Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Thessalonians – there is some support among biblical scholars that the author was Paul.
First & Second Timothy and Titus – some historians think the author was Paul but there are some who think otherwise.
Hebrews – author is unknown
James – author is James
First & Second Peter – written by the apostle Peter
First, Second, & Third John – written by John the apostle when he was advanced in age.
Jude – written by Jude, who was a brother of James & also James the just.
Revelation – written by John, the apostle of Jesus
Any serious student of the bible probably already knew all of this information but as I said in the beginning I thought I knew this information but didn’t. Why do I think this is important? I believe having this knowledge is one more way of showing God how much we love Him and want to know Him through His word, its authors and the well-known disciples.
May I suggest you take some time to commit this information to memory as it will help you two ways. You will have a closer walk with the Lord and you will be prepared as an evangelist in telling others about God’s word, Jesus and the road to salvation.
May God richly bless you as you reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ.