JUDE, ST. , one of the apostles of Jesus.
He has been identified from ancient times with Thaddaeus, whose name appears in the list of apostles (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18).
In the Old Latin tradition and in Codex D of the New Testament, the latter is named Lebbaeus.
Traditionally these three names have been considered as designations of the same person.
Whether this Jude is to be identified with Jude (the "brother of James") to whom tradition attributes the Letter of St. Jude, is disputed.
Many scholars have accepted this identification, which is based on ancient tradition since the patristic era; but in recent times there has been a tendency to deny their identity.
Little is known for certain about the apostle St. Jude, although a number of ancient traditions are extant.
These, however, are historically unreliable.