Answers to basic questions about people in the Bible and biblical history.
There are 4 “James” in the New Testament and 2 of them are among the 12.
John was one of the 12 apostles, the author of the fourth gospel, three letters, and the book of Revelation.
Luke was a Gentile physician who accompanied Paul on his travels and wrote the third gospel and Acts.
John Mark was a companion of both Paul and Peter, and a cousin of Barnabas and the author of one of the four gospels.
Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ and the author of the gospel that bears his name. He was a tax collector before following Jesus.
Nebuchadneeezar II was king of Babylon from 604-562 BC
Paul (Hebrew name: Saul) was an apostle of Jesus Christ and the author of most of the New Testament.
Peter (aka Simon Peter, Simon, Cephas) was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ and the author of 2 letter in the New Testament.
The “church fathers” are the earliest writers outside of the New Testament. Their writings are not classified as apocryphal nor are they considered authoritative. They wrote to edify their fellow Christians.
The ancient historian Flavius Josephus identifies four rival religious philosophies among the Jews at the time of Jesus: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots.
The Sadducees were linked with the high priesthood and power. The party grew out of the aristocratic Sanhedrin.
“Samaritans” can refer to either: natives of the region of Samaria or members of a Jewish sect. The Samaritans date their history to Joshua building an altar at Shechem (Joshua 24). They saw themselves as the true Jewish religion.