Summary: There is limited information available regarding Thomas Zelotes. According
to scripture, he was a member of the Zealot party and counted among the extremist
group of assassins known as the Sicarii. He was likely a cohort of Judas of Kerioth,
another of the Sicarii commissioned by the chief priests to spy on John the Baptizer,
and later Yeshua. Thomas accompanied Judas on these surveillance operations at least
once, as scripture reports the two traveling from Jerusalem to Galilee to obtain
information about Yeshua (Y:7:67).
Scripture includes Thomas Zelotes among a group of apostles who had gathered to comfort
Cephas following the death of Yeshua (Y:49:2-3). This implies that Thomas likely
became a believer and follower of Yeshua, and was probably included among those who
witnessed Yeshua’s post-resurrectional teachings.
But Cephas was filled with bitterness and sorrow against himself, and he would not
be numbered any longer among the brethren, for he felt unworthy.
And there was gathered unto Cephas to comfort him, James and John the sons of Zebedee,
and Nathaniel of Cana, Thomas Zelotes, and John the scribe who was come up from Jerusalem;
and it was in the spring of the year.