Normally used for the twelve close followers Jesus chose for himself, but can be applied to any follower.

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Who Were Mark and Luke?

From Luke 6: 13-16: When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, ...
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Why is Paul considered an Apostle? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is an apostle? How do we know Paul wasn’t a false Apostle? Why is Paul considered an apostle rather than simply a disciple? What Biblical references show why or ...