John the Apostle

First Century

John and his brother, James, Galilean fishermen called the “sons of thunder,” were chosen to be among the Twelve Apostles. John was with Jesus at the Trans-figuration, in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary. It was to this “beloved disciple” that Jesus entrusted his mother’s care. John evangelized in Ephesus (Turkey), was exiled to the island of Patmos, and according to tradition lived to be 100. John and his community of followers are credited with writing the fourth Gospel, three epistles and the Book of Revelation.

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