*Note, I'm saying this as nicely as possible, but many of these great men died the death of a martyr, and is therefore violent content.
James the Less
James the less is supposed by some to have been Jesus' earthly brother. Some have said that he was Joseph's son by a former wife. James was elected overseer of the churches of Jerusalem. The book of James is also attributed to this apostle. After a long life and ministry, at the age of ninety four, James was beaten and stoned until the angry Jews finally dashed his head in with a club to make sure he was dead.
Peter's Death by Caravaggio
Simon (also called Peter) was a fisherman from Capernaum Galilee, brother to Andrew. Catholic tradition says that Peter was crucified by Nero in Rome, but pleaded with his executioner to crucify him upside down because he was not worthy to die the same death as his Lord. It is, however, uncertain whether Peter visited Rome at all. Other evidence suggests that he ended his days in some other country in Asia. What we do know is that Jesus' prophesied about his death in John 21:18-19.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
The brother of Simon Peter was also a fisherman from Galilee. During his ministry, he preached to many Asiatic nations. It was upon his arrival in Edessa that he was taken and crucified on a cross, however, the two ends of the cross were fixed transversely in the ground, thus we have the tradition of Andrew's Cross.
What do you think? Was Simon Peter really crucified in Rome?
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Amber Schamel was born in Littleton, CO and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. She was raised in a family of 11 children, home-schooled through education and currently works with their 10 family businesses. Amber is a multi-published author and currently lives with her family outside of Colorado Springs, CO..
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