Religion Past and Present

Get access

Thomas Didymus (the Disciple)
(339 words)

[German Version]

One of the 12 companions of Jesus (Twelve, The [Disciples]) in all lists (Matt 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:10; Acts 1:13) is Thomas, but these texts provide no further information about him. In John 20:24, Thomas is identified as “One of the Twelve, who is called Didymus.” The epithet “Didymus,” probably a Greek translation of the Aramaic תְּאוֹמָה/t ômāh meaning “twin,” also appears in other references to Thomas in the Fourth Gospel ( John 11:16; 14:5 varia lectio; 21:2). There is no indication in the Johannine passages whose twin Thomas was thought to be.

Early Syrian Chri…

Cite this page
Attridge, Harold, “Thomas Didymus (the Disciple)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲