What was the average age of the twelve disciples when they joined Jesus?
"Perhaps_the_disciples_didn't_have_beards!">Perhaps the disciples
didn't have beards!
People normally suggest that the 12 disciples were men in their
20's and 30's. We've grown up with images of the disciples standing
round with beards. I would like to venture another answer that I've
been puzzling, maybe someone can help me. I believe that when Jesus
took on the disciples they were around the age of 14-15, well at
least some of them. There were a wide spectrum of people among
Jesus disciples, including fishermen and tax-collectors. This would
suggest to me also that there was a large difference in ages; there
is nothing to suggest the disciples were all around the same age.
Normally young Jewish boys would learn the Torah
(genesis-deutoronomy) until the age of 10-11, and if they excelled
at this they would continue learning up to malachi. After this, age
14-15, the best of the best were chosen by a rabbi to become their
disciple. If the child dropped out at any point they took up an
apprenticeship with their father. I believe this is what Peter,
Andrew, James and John were involved with when Jesus called them.
Perhaps Matthew was older as he was already an extablished
tax-collector. If the disciples were young men it would explain the
length of time after Jesus' death that they were around. John died
at the age of 70 and this was a good while after Jesus death. This
young age would also explain the disciples actions, Peter was often
unbalanced and temperamental but this could be because he was 16!
Imagine Peter stepping out in faith and walking on water at the
tender age of 16! This would also mean some of the disciples were
only around 18 when Jesus died. Think of the huge situation they
were facing so young. It maybe explains why they decided to go
fishing because it was all they knew to go back to. Matthew 8:14-15
records that Peter was married but at this time it was not uncommon
for people to get married very young. Mary was about 14 when
dealing with Jesus' pregnancy. I am not sure of these things but
was wondering if its possible to work out dates if John died at 70.
how many years was this after Jesus death? In the end all trivial
things we can't understand now will be enlightened unto us when we
Peter was the only one 20 or over, the other 11 apostles were
under 20, refer to Mat 17:24-27 and Ex 30:11-14