Simon was formerly of the fanatical Zealots who opposed Roman rule in Palestine. He is mentioned only when the disciples are listed in the Gospels. Early Christian writers say he is the same Simeon, son of Clopas, who succeeded James as head of the Jerusalem church (Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, III, 11.32).
Thomas is mentioned three times in the Gospel of John. John 11:16 indicates his loyalty to Jesus. John 14:5 shows his ignorance of Jesus’ meaning about preparing a place for them. John 20:24-28 reveals his doubting nature when he has to touch the wounds after the resurrection. Eusebius mentions Thomas as traveling to Parthia (Persia). […]