St. John was the son of [[Salome]] the [[myrrh-bearer]] and [[Zebedee]], a fisherman. His brother was St. [[Apostle James (son of Zebedee)|James]], another apostle.
In his own Gospel account, he refers to himself as "the disciple whom [[Jesus]] loved" rather than use his name. He was the youngest of the twelve apostles, and especially close to the Lord. This closeness is often portrayed in [[icon]]s of the mystical supper, where St. John leans on Jesus.
He was present for the [[Transfiguration]] of Christ with [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and his brother James.