The Seventy Apostles and Disciples
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THE SEVENTY HOLY APOSTLES AND DISCIPLES

This is related by Bishop (the seventieth) Dorotheus of Tyre who was one of the seventy and also a pious martyr in the reign of Emperors Licinius and Constantine. He wrote on various subjects in Greek and Latin and after the deaths of Diocletian and Licinius, Julian "the torturer" came to power and killed christians secretly to avoid public censure. Dorotheus journeyed to the city of Odessus where he was seized on Julianís orders and after suffering torture, but still confessing Christ, he died as a martyr in his advanced age. He speaks of "seventy apostles and disciples of Christ" who were bishops and who St. Paul mentions by salutations in his epistles. After the Resurrection he found all of the names and thus recorded them for posterity.

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  1. JACOB , brother of the Lord, first bishop of Jerusalem, who was ordained by the Lord Himself, whose head was crushed by a whiffletree and he died.
  2. CLEOPAS was the second bishop of Jerusalem like Simeon, brother of the Lord; he saw the Lord after the resurrection, and died crucified by Emperor Dometian.
  3. THADDEUS , who carried the letter to Avgar in Edessa: he cured the latter of his illness.
  4. ANANIAS , who baptized the holy Apostle Paul, was bishop of Damascus.
  5. STEPHEN , the first martyr, died after being stoned by the Jews.
  6. PHILIP , one of the seven [deacons], who baptized Simon the sorcerer and Canalaceís eunuch, was bishop of Asian Tralia.
  7. PROCHORUS , also one of the seven, was bishop of Bithynian Nicomedia.
  8. NICANOR , one of the seven, died on the same day as Saint
  9. Stephen , together with two thousand believers in Christ.
  10. TIMON , one of the seven, was bishop of the island of Arbia, and died after being burned by the Hellenes.
  11. PARMENAS , also one of the seven, died in front of the apostlesí eyes while he was serving.
  12. NICOLAS , also one of the seven, was bishop of Samaria; but he deviated from the true faith together with Simon.
  13. BARNABAS , who served the Word together with Paul, and preached Christ in peace, was bishop of Milan.
  14. MARK the Evangelist was ordained bishop of Alexandria by the Apostle Peter.
  15. SILAS who preached the Gospel together with Paul, was bishop of Corinth.
  16. LUKE , who preached the Gospel all over the world together with Paul, was bishop of Salonika. Luke the Evangelist came from Syrian Antioch, and went to Macedonian Thebes as a doctor during the reign of Emperor Trajan. He first wrote the holy Gospel to a certain ruler Theophilus, who believed in Christ. Then, many years after the passion of our Lord, and the holy Apostle Peter having commanded him to narrate the acts of the holy apostles, Saint Luke narrated the acts of the holy apostles to the same TheophiIus, And having done this, he gave up his soul to God in peace; and thus he died in Thebes. His holy relics were translated from Thebes to the church of the Holy Apostles, and were layed under the altar table.
  17. SILVANUS , who preached the Gospel together with bishop of Salonika.
  18. CRISPUS , whom the apostle (Paul) mentions in his epistle to Timothy, was bishop of Galilean Chalcedon.
  19. EPENETUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle Romans, was bishop of Carthage.
  20. ANDRONICUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Pannonia.
  21. AMPLIAS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans. was bishop of Odissa.
  22. URBAN , whom the apostle mentions in the epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Macedonia.
  23. STACHYS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans; when Andrew the apostle, traversing the sea of Hellespont, reached Agricopolis, he ordained Stachys as bishop of Byzantium.
  24. APELLES , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Heraklion.
  25. PHYGELLUS was bishop of Ephesus; later he converted to Simonís teaching.
  26. HERMOGENES was bishop of Thracian Megara.
  27. DEMAS , whom the apostle mentions in his second epistle to Timothy, opposed the teaching of God just as Phygellus and Hermogenes did; Demas loved this present world and in Salonika was a priest of the idols; he was one of whom the apostle John writes: they came from us, but were not one of us. APOLLOS, whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Smyrna before Saint Polycarpus.
  28. ARISTOBULUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Britannia.
  29. NARCISSUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Athens.
  30. HERODION , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Patfas.
  31. AGABUS , who is mentioned in the acts of the apostles, who received the gift of prophecy.
  32. RUFUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Thebes.
  33. ASYNCRITUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Hyrcania.
  34. PHLEGON , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Colossians, was bishop of Marathon.
  35. HERMAS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Dalmatia.
  36. PATROBAS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Pottole.
  37. HERMES , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Philipopolis.
  38. LINUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Rome after the holy apostle Peter.
  39. GAIUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Ephesus after the apostle Timotheus.
  40. PHILOGOGUS , whom the apostle [Paul] mentions, was ordained bishop of Sinope by Andrew the apostle.
  41. RODION , whom the apostle mentions, was beheaded by Nero in Rome, together with the holy apostle Peter.
  42. LUCIUS , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Syrian Laodicea.
  43. JASON , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Tarsis.
  44. SOSIPATER , whom the apostle mentions in his epistle to the Romans, was bishop of Iconium.
  45. TERTIUS , who wrote the epistle to the Romans, was the second bishop of Iconium.
  46. ERASTUS , whom the apostle mentions, was chamberlain of the church in Jerusalem; later he was bishop of Paneas.
  47. APOLLOS , whom the apostle mentions to the Corinthians, was bishop of Caesarea.
  48. CEPHAS was bishop of Iconium.
  49. SOSTHENES , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Colophon.
  50. TYCHICUS . whom the apostle mentions, was also bishop of Colophon.
  51. EPAPHRAS , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Andriaca.
  52. CAESAR , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop in Dyrrhachium.
  53. MARK , the nephew of Barnabas, whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Apollonias.
  54. JESUS , called Justus, whom the apostle mentions in the Acts, was bishop of Eleutheropolis.
  55. ARTEMUS , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Lystra.
  56. CLEMENT , whom the apostle mentions, saying: ďand with Clement, and with my other fellowworkers,Ē was bishop of Sardice.
  57. ONESIPHORUS , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Cyrene.
  58. TYCHICUS , whom the apostle mentions, was the first bishop of Bithynian Chalcedon.
  59. QUARTUS , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Berytus.
  60. CARPUS , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Thracian Berrhoe.
  61. EUODIUS was bishop of Antioch after Saint Peter.
  62. ARISTARCHUS , whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Syrian Apamea.
  63. MARK , called John, who is mentioned by Luke in the Acts, was bishop of Byblos.
  64. ZENAS the lawyer, whom the apostle mentions, was bishop of Giospolis.
  65. PHILEMON , to whom the apostle Paul wrote an epistle, was bishop of Gaza.
  66. Another ARISTARCHUS,
  67. PUDENS ,
  68. TROPHIMUS : these three suffered together with the apostle Paul through all his persecutions; in the end they were beheaded in Rome by Emperor Nero.
  69. ONESIMUS died in Potiole at the hands of the Roman ruler Tertillus.

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Oftentimes when the term "Apostle" is mentioned in the early fathers, it refers not only to the original 12 but also to these additional unless clearly set out by the authors.

We try to distinguish between the original "Twelve Apostles" and those "like unto the apostles" because early in church history "errors" were experienced. Such a one is Simon Magus and his followers who is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as attempting to buy the ability to give the Holy Spirit to those upon whom he should decide to lay hands. But as we can see he had followers who were also bishops with the power to ordain.

In living the "true apostolic faith" we need to know which are counterfeit beliefs and how they came to the fore. In John's Revelation this is the "iniquity which already doth work".