*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.
Thomas the Doubter
The Bible tells us that Thomas was also called Didymus which means "twin". This tidbit has always interested me. Thomas was a skeptic by nature and had to see Jesus with his own eyes, and put his finger in the scars before he would believe that Jesus had resurrected. He preached the gospel in Parthia and India. Thomas' preaching made the pagan priests so angry, that in a fit of rage, they thrust him through with a spear.
Bartholomew is an apostle that we don't hear much about in the Bible, but he carried the gospel into several countries. He managed to translate the gospel of Matthew into the language of India and propagated it throughout the country. As punishment for this crime, he was cruelly beaten, and finally crucified by the impatient idolaters.
Judas is the disciple that betrayed the Son of God with a kiss (thus the term Judas Kiss). His fate is told of in the gospels. After returning the blood money that he received from the priests for the capture of Jesus, (Matt 27:3-8) not being able to live with the guilt he felt, he hung himself from a tree. It is believed that the tree was also near Golgotha.
There is less known about Matthias than most of the other disciples. He was elected by the Apostles after the death of Jesus to replace Judas amongst the twelve. (Acts 1:15-26) The disciples cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias. He was stoned in Jerusalem, and then beheaded.
This concludes our study on the 12 disciples, however there are many other apostles that are mentioned in the scriptures that I think deserve to be mentioned. We'll explore these men and women in the following weeks as we discover the "Fates of the Earliest Church Martyrs".