Sunday, May 30, 2010

Boanerges (bo-an-ER-jees)… or … Sons of Thunder

You can find a list of the apostles in four different places within the New Testament. In Mark’s list, readers are given a unique notion of James and John:

Boanerges (also known as "Sons of Thunder")

Some resources claim that this title comes from a time when Jesus and the apostles were traveling through Samaria on their way to Jerusalem when they came upon a village that did not welcome the group. Indignant, James and John suggested that fire from heaven be called down to consume the villagers. (Jesus rebuked the brothers.) Others suggest that the title of Sons of Thunder is due to the time when the brothers daringly asked Jesus for honored places in heaven. (Jesus gave them a speech on humility instead.)

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