Jesus went up on a mountain and called those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve and called them apostles. He appointed them to be with him, to be sent out to preach, 15 and to have authority to throw out demons. 16 He appointed twelve: Peter, a name he gave Simon; 17 James and John, Zebedee’s sons, whom he nicknamed Boanerges, which means “sons of Thunder”; 18 and Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, Alphaeus’ son; Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
Once again, Jesus went up onto a mountain. And this time he took with him those whom he had chosen for a special assignment. He appointed twelve of them and gave them the title "apostles." That's because they were to hang-out with him as apprentices and then be "sent out" to practice what they had learned from him. Jesus would charge them to preach and expel demons from people.
These are the twelve whom he appointed to be apostles:
- Peter, which was a name he gave to Simon
- James, a son of Zebedee
- John, also a son of Zebedee (He nicknamed the Zebedee brothers "Boanerges" ["sons of thunder"] -- guess why!)
- James, a son of Alphaeus
- Simon the political zealot
- last and least, because he would eventually betray Jesus -- Judas Iscariot.