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 (NIV): 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, ...
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How many apostles are there? [closed]

Are there 12 apostles? Are there 70 apostles? When I was growing up and learning about Jesus, I found that he had 12 apostles. I was looking at a page about Mark the Evangelist recently and it says ...