This is one people always seem to remember. But watching it as an adult, I couldn't help but think - who the hell includes the maintenance man in their family photo?
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Ever heard what happened to the original twelve apostles of Jesus after He was crucified? It's not pretty.
1. Bartholomew - patron saint of Armenia, where he introduced Christianity and was skinned alive.
2. James (the Lesser) - some scholars believe him to be Jesus' brother. Stoned and clubbed to death in Jerusalem.
3. Andrew - brother of Peter, patron saint of Scotland. Crucified on an X-shaped cross after saying he was unworthy of being killed in the same manner as Jesus. The X cross became known as St. Andrew's Cross and is featured on Scotland's flag.
4. Judas Iscariot - betrayer of Jesus, hung himself after Jesus' death.
5. Peter - the "rock" of the Church and chief apostle, featured prominently in the New Testament. Like his brother Andrew, objected to being killed like Jesus, so he was crucified upside-down.
6. John - "beloved of Jesus," author of several books of the Bible, including Revelation. The only apostle to die a natural death after being exiled to the Greek island of Patmos, although some sources say the Romans first attempted to kill him in boiling oil. When he emerged uninjured, he was allowed to live. (Not to be confused with John the Baptist; two different people.)
7. Thomas - aka "The Doubter." Patron saint of India, where he was tortured and speared to death.
8. James (The Greater) - brother of John and the first apostle to be martyred when he was beheaded in AD 44.
9. Phillip - Preached in Greece and Asia Minor before being crucified.
10. Matthew - former Roman tax collector and author of the first gospel of the New Testament. Hacked to death by halberd (pike with an ax head) in Ethiopia.
11. Jude (Thaddeus) - In the Catholic Church, patron saint of lost causes. Clubbed or axed to death (sources disagree) in Persia.
12. Simon - aka The Zealot, traveled and preached with Jude. Killed in Persia by being sawed into pieces.