This Judas is also referred to as Lebbaeus (Matthew 10:3) or Thaddaeus (Mark 3:18, Matthew 10:3) in the KJV Bible. He was the brother of both James (the Less) and Simon the Canaanite (Simon the Zealot).
Like many of the original apostles, not much is known about him. Foxe's states the apostle was crucified at Edessa.
When God's builds his New Jerusalem, the gemstone that will be an everlasting memorial to Judas' efforts will likely be either a Chrysoprase or jacinth stone.
Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus' original twelve disciples who ultimately betrayed him to Jewish religious leaders who hated him. Remorseful after his betrayal, he rejected the thirty pieces of silver paid for his services and committed suicide.
For more information, please see our article on Judas' character and his tragic life.
Jude is also referred to as Judas in Matthew 13:55. Jude was one of the half-brothers of Jesus. He is the author of the New Testament epistle that bears his name. Nothing more is known about him.
There are three men called Justus in the New Testament. For the first one, a man also called Joseph and Barsabas who could have replaced Judas Iscariot as an apostle, please see our listing for Joseph (Barsabas). For the second Justus, a Christian living in Corinth, and the third, who lived in Colossee, please see our listing of people connected to Apostle Paul.
Interestingly, the two people named Lazarus in the New Testament are both fairly well known. The first is a beggar in Jesus' often taught Lazarus and the Rich Man parable given to underscore the perils of a hard heart. The second is the man famously and publically resurrected from the dead shortly before Jesus' crucifixion.
Lazarus, as well as his sisters Mary and Martha, lived in Bethany. He got deathly ill while Jesus was traveling with his disciples. The Lord, who knew of his sickness, allowed him to die so that the glory of God and His son could be manifested to the world (John 11:4, 15). Lazarus was brought back to life four days after his demise (verse 17).
See our listing for Judas (Lebbeus, Thaddeus).
See our listing for Matthew.
Luke, whom the Apostle Paul lovingly referred to as "the beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14), was one of the four gospel writers. He also penned the book of Acts, which delineates the history of the early New Testament church with a special focus on Paul's ministry.
Luke journeyed with Paul on part of his second and third missionary journeys. Read more detailed information about Luke!
Mark is also called John Mark in the New Testament. He authored one of the four gospel accounts and was a cousin of Barnabas. He abruptly left Paul and Barnabas during Paul's first missionary journey. For more information, see Mark's listing in our article on people connected to the Apostle Paul!
Martha is the sister of Lazarus and Mary. They all lived in the small village of Bethany.
Martha, when Jesus came by for a visit, busied herself with various tasks while her sister Mary intently listened to Christ. The Lord, when Martha pointed out that Mary was not helping her, gently corrected her misplaced priorities.
Martha was also involved in requesting Jesus visit Lazarus while he was sick. Her belief in the Messiah was confirmed when she, and many others, witnessed Lazarus coming out of his tomb alive!
Other than Jesus' mother and Mary Magdalene, there are at least five additional Marys mentioned in the New Testament.
Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha (John 11:1 - 2, 19), was the woman who intently listened to Jesus' teachings as Martha toiled to prepare food (Luke 10:39 - 42). Later, when Lazarus got deathly sick, she and her sister requested Jesus heal him (John 11:3). After her brother was allowed to die she mourned losing him until the Lord resurrected him back to life (John 11:19 - 45).
Martha's sister Mary was also the woman who, six days before Jesus' last Passover, anointed his feet with an expensive ointment (John 12:1 - 8).
Mary, the wife of Cleopas (John 19:25), was one of several women who witnessed Jesus' crucifixion.
Mary, the mother of James and Joses (Matthew 27:56), was one of the women who viewed Jesus' crucifixion. She also witnessed his burial, prepared spices for his body, and came to his tomb early on a Sunday morning. She was one of several females who informed the apostles and many others that Christ had risen from the dead (Mark 15:47, 16:1 - 8, Matthew 28:1, Luke 24:10).
Mary, the mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12), maintained one of the many house churches in Jerusalem for early Christian believers. The Apostle Peter, after his miraculous release from prison, went straight to her place to tell others what happened to him (verses 3 to 12).
Lastly, the Apostle Paul, writing from Corinth, greets a woman named Mary living in Rome (Romans 16:6).
Mary, according to the New Testament, was a descendant of King David. God, while she was betrothed to Joseph, choose her to bear His son. After Jesus' birth Mary and Joseph would produce at least four boys and two girls (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3).
Surprisingly, Mary is only rarely mentioned in relation to Jesus' ministry. She was the person who spurred Christ's first public miracle at a wedding in Cana (John 2:1 - 11). During the Lord's second year of his ministry she and her family sought to speak with him (Mathew 12:47 - 50). She was also, of course, present when the Lord was crucified.
After Jesus' resurrection she gathered with 120 other believers in Jerusalem (Acts 1:13 - 14). She received God's spirit, and because a Christian, on the Day of Pentecost in 30 A.D. After this event, she is no longer mentioned in Scripture.
Mary Magdalene received the last part of her name from her hometown of Magdala, which is located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Mary is arguably the most well known female follower of Christ during his ministry (next to his mother).
Magdalene not only traveled with Christ but also financially supported him after she had seven demons cast out of her (Luke 8:1 - 3).
Mary witnessed the Lord dying during his crucifixion, as well as being the first person to visit the tomb in which he was buried. God the Father honored her faith and commitment to Christ by allowing her to be the first person to witness his Son alive after his death!