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Thomas aka Didymus (meaning “Twin”) was one of Jesus’ core disciples and is best known for doubting that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead, stating that he would not believe Jesus had been resurrected unless he could first put his fingers into the nail holes left in Jesus’ hands and the hole left in his side from the crucifixion (see John 20:24-26). Some scholars believe that Thomas was the only apostle who travelled outside the Roman Empire to spread the Gospel, going into the Parthian Empire as well as India. According to oral tradition, Thomas was speared to death near Madras, India where he died as a martyr for his faith.

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