John, the son of Zebedee, was called along with this brother James ("the Great") to be one of Jesus' twelve apostles who would accompany him on his ministry. John appears in the lists of apostles in the synoptic gospels as well as Acts. John and his brother James were given the nickname "Boanerges" (sons of thunder) by Jesus; some believe this was a reference to their tempers. Although younger than James, he appears to have first been a disciple of John the Baptist before following Jesus.
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