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Who was the oldest disciples of Jesus?


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Answered 2008-04-11 09:01:08

This is impossible to say. The life expectancy in those days was around 40 or so (with some exceptions - e.g. the disciple John lived until he was nearly 90), so very few lived beyond these years. If you mean who was the oldest at the time Jesus was on earth, then this is impossible to answer. John was probably the youngest - just a teenager, and his brother James was probably next (as their father Zebedee was still an active fisherman so would not be partcularly old himself). Peter and Andrew his brother were also active fishermen and therefore would be relatively young and fit. Matthew, the tax collector, would have had to have training from the Romans, and he wrote his gospel after Mark's gospel, so would also have been relatively young, but old enough to have gone through the training period. Simon the Zealot would have been a young beligerent revolutionary. As for the others, we know little about them, but it seems more apt that one of these may well have been the 'oldest'. If you mean 'who livedo the oldest age' the probable answer is John, the youngest disciple - the 'one whom jesus loved' (in a caring fatherly way - not 'love' in modern day standards! The Greek word used is 'agape' - caring love, rather than 'eros' sexual love. Let's get that straight!). John lived long enough to write his gospel almost at the turn of the first century - around 60 years after the events, and we know from his own disciples like Polycarp that he lived a while after this. so he would have been late 80s or early 90s when he died.

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Answered 2020-05-04 14:01:55

who was the oldest in the disciple of Jesus

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2021-05-16 23:28:31

The eldest is Judas and the youngest John according to the Passover seating!

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