We know that Jesus commanded his disciples to go to make disciples of all nations and to spread the word to the entire world (Matthew 28:19), but we know little of what happened to the twelve disciples. We have some record about them in the Book of Acts, but it is not recorded where they lived, if they founded a community or not, where and how they died...

Is there any historical evidence as to what happened to the twelve disciples? I'm restricting this question to Peter, John and James who can be regarded as the main disciples.

There are some legends regarding the disciples, although I don't know how historically accurate they are:

  • John lived and died in Ephesus
  • James preached in the actual territory of Spain
  • Peter went to Rome where he was also martyred

Are these legends true?

  • Well Judas hung himself, I know that much. (Not that that is too helpful.) – Richard Aug 29 '11 at 21:18
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    @deps_stats: The full title is going to be important here. We're already pushing the "overly broad" issue with the question without titling it with just the general subject. – Caleb Aug 29 '11 at 21:47
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    The biographies of twelve men who changed the world seems like an overly broad thing to ask in a single question to me. No answer is going to be able to deal with each of these "legends" fairly. Could this be split up into individual questions with sources quoted for individual "legends"? – Caleb Aug 29 '11 at 21:59
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    -1 I think this needs to be a separate question for each disciple. – Flimzy Aug 29 '11 at 22:11
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    The disciples can't really be classified as "main" or not...besides that, I agree with @Flimzy. – user92 Aug 29 '11 at 22:13