The Glossary of Terms



Young People's Bible Dictionary

by Barbara Smith (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1965)

Andrew. One of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and a brother of Simon Peter. A native of Bethsaida, Andrew lived in Capernaum, where he worked as a fisherman. Matt. 4:18-20; 10:2; Mark 1:29; John 1:44; Acts 1:12-14.

Harper’s Bible Dictionary

edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)

Andrew, one of the twelve apostles, identified as the brother of Simon Peter (Matt. 4:18; Mark 1:16; John 1:40) and son of Jona (Matt. 16:17) or John (John 1:42). Originally from Bethsaida (John 1:44), he was living in Capernaum at the time of his ‘call’ (Mark 1:21, 29). According to Matthew and Mark, Andrew and Peter were fishing when called to follow Jesus. In John’s account, Andrew, originally a disciple of John the Baptist, followed Jesus after hearing John say, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’ Andrew then found his brother, Simon, and brought him to Jesus saying, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (John 1:35-41). Andrew is among the first persons named in the apostolic lists (Matt. 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13), perhaps an indication of his early selection to Jesus’ inner circle of disciples. Elsewhere, Andrew appears only in Mark 13:3 and John 6:8-9; 12:20-22. Extracanonical traditions credit him with preaching in Scythia and suffering martyrdom (crucifixion) in Achaia.

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