Before their dispatch, the Twelve were disciples or „students“ (Latin discipulus; Greek μαθητής mathētḗs; Hebrew לִמּוּד limmûdh; everything means „he who learns“). [8] Jesus is mentioned in the Bible as having sent the twelve apostles, „whom he also called apostles“ (Luke 6:13), first before his death „to the lost sheep of Israel“ (Matthew 10) and after his resurrection to spread the message of the gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:16-28:20). There is also a tradition in the Eastern Churches of the „Seventy Apostles“ derived from the seventy-two disciples mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. In Islam, an apostle or messenger (Arabic: رسول, romanized: rasūl) is a prophet sent by God. According to the Qur`an, God sent many prophets to mankind. The five messengers generally accepted in Islam are Ibrahim, Mūsa, Dāwūd, Īsā and Muhammad,[17] as it is believed that each was sent with a scripture. [i] Muslim tradition also claims that Adam received scrolls, as did some of the other patriarchs of Adam`s generations. [18] The term apostle or messenger is also used to refer to prophets sent to preach in certain regions; The Qur`an mentions Yunus,[19] Elijah,[20] Ismail,[21] Shuaib,[22] and other prophets as messengers. A modern apostle in the tradition of the apostolic prophetic movement is one who is „called and sent by Christ to have the spiritual authority, character, gifts, and abilities necessary to successfully attain and establish people in the truth and order of the kingdom, especially through the establishment and supervision of the local Churches.“ Dr. David Cannistraci [10] An „apostle“ is someone who is called to establish and supervise churches, who has verifiable church plants and spiritual sons in function, who is recognized by other apostles, and who fulfills the biblical qualifications of an elder.

[11] These individuals have played a crucial role in the development of the Bahá`u`lláh Faith by consolidating Its followers and bringing His teachings to the world. For Baháʼís, they played a similar role to the sons of Jacob, the apostles of Jesus, the companions of Muhammad, or the letters of the living of the Báb. The term is derived from ancient Greek. [1] In Christianity, the term was used in the New Testament for Jesus` twelve apostles (including Peter, James, and John), as well as for a broader group of early Christian figures, including Paul, Barnabas, and Junia. [2] [3] The term is also used to refer to an important missionary of Christianity in a region, for example „the apostle of Germany“. [3] Some other religions use the term to refer to comparable figures in their history. The word in this sense can be used metaphorically in various contexts, but is mainly used specifically for the early collaborators of the founder of a religion who were important for the dissemination of his teachings. The term is also used to refer to someone who is a strong supporter of something. [3] [4] The title of Apostle of the New Testament was also given to others in reference to the Apostles of the New Testament. For example, St.

Patrick (373-463 AD) Chr.) „Apostle of Ireland“, Saint Boniface (680-755) „Apostle of the Germans“[9], Saint José d`Anchieta (1534-1597) was „the Apostle of Brazil“ and Saint Peter of Betacure (1626-1667) was „the Apostle of Guatemala“. An apostle (/əˈpɒsəl/), in the literal sense, is an emissary, from the ancient Greek ἀπόστολος (apóstolos), literally „he who is sent“, from the verb ἀποστέλλειν (apopolelin), „to send“. The purpose of such a sending is usually to convey a message, and therefore „messenger“ is a common alternative translation; Other common translations are „ambassador“ and „sent“. The term in ancient Greek also has other related meanings. [1] In many Latter-day Saint churches, Apostles may be members of the Church`s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Most Latter-day Saint churches assume that today`s apostles have the same status and authority as biblical apostles. In the latter-day Saint tradition, apostles and prophets are considered the foundation of the Church, with Jesus as the most important cornerstone. [14] In the articles of faith written by Joseph Smith, the Apostles are mentioned: „We believe in the same organization that existed in the early Church, namely the apostles, the prophets, the pastors, the teachers, the evangelists, and so on.“ [15] In the Latter-day Saint movement, an apostle is a „special witness in the name of Jesus Christ sent to teach others the principles of salvation.“ [13] In many Latter-day Saint churches, an apostle is a high-authority priesthood within the hierarchy of the Church. The apostolic adjective (/ˌæpəˈstɒlɪk/) is claimed by a number of prominent Christian churches as an enduring feature (i.e., the traditions, practices, and teachings of a particular church descend directly from the original apostles) and thus finds a broader modern application.

The word can be found, for example, in the „Apostolic See“, the official name of the Roman Catholic papacy; in the doctrine of apostolic succession, which is represented by many branches of Christianity; and in the Four Signs of the Church („One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic“), which are found in the Nicene-Constantinople Creed. The Apostles of Bahá`u`lláh were nineteen important disciples of the early disciples of Bahá`u`lláh, the founder of the Bahá`í Faith. The apostles were designated as such by Shoghi Effendi, the head of the religion in the first half of the 20th century, and the list was published in The Baháʼí World, Volume III (pp. 80-81). In modern language, Pentecostal missionaries often refer to themselves as apostles, a practice derived from the Latin equivalent of apostles, that is, missio, the source of the English word missionary. [Citation needed] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had twelve people identified as apostles in its direction. Their main task is to teach Jesus throughout the world and to bear witness to him. [12] The word apostle has two meanings: the broader meaning of a messenger and the narrower meaning of a primitive Christian apostle directly related to Jesus. The more general meaning of the word is translated into Latin as missiō, and from this word we receive missionary. [5] In this legal dictionary, the legal term apostle is a kind of civil law, class of the law of the sea.

The Apostolic Catholic Church was led by twelve „apostles“ until the death of the last in 1901. [16] Some of the denominations descended from the Catholic Apostolic Church, such as the New Apostolic Church, are led by apostles. The Chief Apostle is the highest-ranking minister of the New Apostolic Church. The term apostle is derived from the classical Greek ἀπόστολος (apóstolos), which means „he who is returned“, from στέλλειν („stellein“), „to send“ + από (apó), „off, away from“. [1] The literal meaning in English is therefore an „emissary“ (from the Latin mittere, „to send“, and ex, „off, off“). The term appears only once in the Septuagint. [6] But Walter Bauer, in his Greek-English lexicon of the NT, refers to the rabbinical idea of a Shaliah or agent: „Judaism had an office known as the apostle (שליח).“ The Friberg Greek dictionary gives a broad definition as someone who is sent on a mission, a mandated representative of a church, a messenger of God, a person who has the special task of founding and founding churches. The Greek dictionary UBS also roughly describes an apostle as a messenger. The Louw-Nida lexicon gives a very narrow definition of a particular messenger, usually limited to Jesus` immediate disciples, or extended to others, such as Paul or other early Christians, who are active in proclaiming the Gospel. „Apostille.“ Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster,