How Many Disciples Did Jesus Have Before He Chose the 12?

When we think of Jesus and his disciples, we often picture the iconic image of the twelve men that Jesus chose to follow him. However, before he selected the twelve, how many disciples did Jesus have?

The Bible does not give us a clear answer to this question, but through studying the scriptures, we can make an informed estimate.

Firstly, it is important to note that the term “disciple” refers to anyone who followed Jesus and his teachings. This means that there were likely many individuals who considered themselves disciples of Jesus before he chose the twelve.

In Luke 10:1-23, we read about Jesus sending out seventy-two of his disciples to preach and heal in various towns and villages. This suggests that there were at least seventy-two individuals who considered themselves disciples of Jesus at this point in his ministry.

Additionally, in Mark 3:13-19, we see Jesus selecting the twelve apostles from among a larger group of disciples. This implies that there were more than just twelve people following Jesus at this time.

It is also worth noting that throughout his ministry, Jesus attracted large crowds of people who came to hear him speak and witness his miracles. While not all of these individuals may have considered themselves disciples of Jesus, it is likely that some did.

In conclusion, while we cannot know for sure how many disciples Jesus had before he chose the twelve apostles, it is safe to say that there were at least seventy-two individuals who considered themselves followers of his teachings. It is also possible that there were many more individuals who followed Jesus during this time but did not identify specifically as “disciples.”