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ANDREW . One of the twelve Apostles, Simon Peter’s brother ( John 1:40 ). He belonged to Bethsaida of Galilee ( John 1:44 ), the harbour-town of Capernaum (see Bethsaida), and was a fisherman on the lake in company with Simon ( Matthew 4:18 = Mark 1:16 ), whose home he also shared ( Mark 1:29 ). Ere he knew Jesus he had been influenced by the preaching of John the Baptist, and became his disciple, and it was on hearing the Baptist’s testimony that he attached himself to Jesus ( John 1:35-40 ). He brought his brother Simon to the newly found Messiah ( John 1:41 ), thus earning the distinction of being the first missionary of the Kingdom of heaven; and it seems that, like the favoured three, he enjoyed a special intimacy with the Master ( Mark 13:3 ). Tradition adds that he was crucified at Patræ in Achaia, and hung alive on the cross for two days, exhorting the spectators all the while.

David Smith.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Andrew'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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