The disciples were there together (Jn 21:2-21:2)

“Simon Peter,

Thomas called the Twin,

Nathanael of Cana,

In Galilee,

The sons of Zebedee,

And two other

Of his disciples

Were gathered there together.”

ἦσαν ὁμοῦ Σίμων Πέτρος καὶ Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος καὶ Ναθαναὴλ ὁ ἀπὸ Κανᾶ τῆς Γαλιλαίας καὶ οἱ τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου καὶ ἄλλοι ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο.

John uniquely indicated that a number of the apostles or disciples of Jesus were together at the Sea of Galilee.  John said that Simon Peter (Σίμων Πέτρος), Thomas called the Twin (καὶ Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee (καὶ Ναθαναὴλ ὁ ἀπὸ Κανᾶ τῆς Γαλιλαίας), the sons of Zebedee (καὶ οἱ τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου), and two other disciples (καὶ ἄλλοι ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο) were gathered there together (ἦσαν ὁμοῦ).  Five of these men were apostles.  Thus, seven men were gathered here, including almost half of the twelve apostles.  Simon Peter was mentioned in all the gospels.  Thomas the Twin was the doubter in the preceding chapter.  Nathanael had been dominant in John, chapter 1:43-52, in the call of the early apostles.  However, this was the first explicit mention in the Gospel of John of the sons of Zebedee, who played such an important role in the other three synoptic gospel stories.  There was no explicit mention of the particular names of the Sons of Zebedee, James or John.  However, there is an explicit reference to the disciple whom Jesus loved later in verse 7.  Peter’s brother Andrew was not mentioned here either.  Nevertheless, this was not an official meeting of the twelve apostles.  Have you ever met a few friends at a lake?

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