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Thomas the Apostle (Aramaic: 𐡀𐡌𐡅𐡕𐡌, Biblical Hebrew: תוֹמָאס הקדוש, Classical Syriac: ܬܐܘܡܐ, Tʾōmā, meaning "twin"; Koinē Greek: Θωμᾶς), also known as Didymus ("twin"), was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Thomas is commonly known as "Doubting Thomas" because he initially doubted the resurrection of Jesus Christ when he was told of it (as is related in the Gospel of John alone); he later confessed his faith ("My Lord and my God") on seeing the wounds left over from the crucifixion. According to traditional accounts of the Saint Thomas Christians of modern-day Kerala in India, Thomas travelled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, travelling as far as the Tamilakam which is in South India, and reached Muziris of Tamilakam (modern-day North Paravur and Kodungalloor in Kerala State, India) in AD 52. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas the Apostle has received more than 3,349,964 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Thomas the Apostle is the 42nd most popular religious figure (up from 49th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Israel and the 16th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Thomas the apostle is most famous for doubting Jesus' resurrection.

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Among religious figures, Thomas the Apostle ranks 42 out of 2,272Before him are Saul, Ignatius of Loyola, Anthony of Padua, Pope Gregory I, Joshua, and Bartholomew the Apostle. After him are Husayn ibn Ali, Romulus Augustulus, Samuel, Pope Alexander VI, Isaiah, and Benedict of Nursia.

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Among people born in 1, Thomas the Apostle ranks 2Before him is James, son of Zebedee. After him are Saint Stephen, Simon the Zealot, Barnabas, Saint Matthias, Pope Linus, Saint Veronica, Pope Anacletus, Barabbas, Thomas Bangalter, and Silas. Among people deceased in 72, Thomas the Apostle ranks 1

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Among people born in Israel, Thomas the Apostle ranks 18 out of 389Before him are Jonah (-850), Matthew the Apostle (10), Herod the Great (-73), John the Apostle (6), Isaac (-1900), and Bartholomew the Apostle (-100). After him are Isaiah (-800), Saint Stephen (1), Saint Anne (-100), Samson (-1118), Daniel (-690), and Josephus (37).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Thomas the Apostle ranks 16Before him are James, son of Zebedee (1), Jonah (-850), Matthew the Apostle (10), John the Apostle (6), Isaac (-1900), and Bartholomew the Apostle (-100). After him are Isaiah (-800), Saint Stephen (1), Saint Anne (-100), Samson (-1118), Daniel (-690), and Jude the Apostle (15).