Reviews - What do customers think about The Search for the Twelve Apostles?
Unbiased work. Dec 25, 2006
I bought this book because of the reviews and cheap price. Two things about this book stand out.1)It's well written.2)There is no bias whatsoever in this book.A prior reviewer complained of Catholic "bashing".I read nothing of the sort.The Catholic church itself was a valuable source of information regarding the location and movements of relics throughout history. The author has done an excellent job covering many of the legends of the Apostles' deaths and burials.He covers the movement of related relics(bodies and parts).Mr. McBirnie travelled to many of the sites that were rumored to be burial sites.He saw first-hand some of the final resting places.Some of the legends will probably never be proven,others such as Thomas' mission to India are well-known.Whether he agrees with some of the stories or not,he covers them.The subjects are more than the Apostles.Included are; Paul,Lazarus,John Mark and James the Lord's brother to name a few.I appreciate that the author devoted a chapter to a particular individual. This is a worthy addition to any library.It's available and cheap.The standard other books on the subject will be judged by. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of it's age.There have been more archaelogical discoveries since this edition was printed.
Enjoyable overview of the Apostles' lives Mar 16, 2005
The Protestant theologian who wrote this 312-page book in 1973 provides a highly readable summary of known information about the life and fate of Christ's original twelve apostles plus a number of other important New Testament characters such as Paul, Barnabas and John the Baptist. The is little or no discussion of theological aspects of each character but rather an effort to gather known facts and references from disparate sources about each man (no female characters are covered) in an effort to provide an account of their probable life story, particularly after Christ's crucifixion. It is particularly interesting to learn about the evidence of travel and missions for the lesser known apostles and explanations and theories about Apostolic journeys to India. McBirnie tries to stay with verifiable facts and sources that are considered historically reliable rather than speculate too much about unknown or unknowable matters.
Following 44 pages of general background on the early Christian era and available historic sources McBirnie provides a chapter each for 19 men in 250 pages. That is followed by an appendix listing New Testament references for each character, five-page bibliography and a seven-page index.
I did not find the author is be as negative regarding relics, etc., as some other reviewer do.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it an entertaining read as well as Christian study reference.
The Final Word On The Apostles Aug 24, 2001
All other books on the apostles will be judged against this one. This is the definitive account on what happened to the Apostles. Granted, a lot of the material is heresay and legend. But these men lived so long ago that reliable facts about them are few and far between. Sketchy ideas are better than no ideas, and the McBirnie makes it very clear how accurate the theories are. The author delves deep into history to discover the fate of the twelve closest disciples of the lord, and does an incredible job, considering what a daunting task it was.
Don't Judge a book by it's cover Nov 16, 2000
I started reading this book and unfortunately it was too irritating when the author "bashes" Catholic traditions and beliefs. At the same time he imposes his religious beliefs concerning relics, saints and the Apostles, which is not what the reader pays to buy this book. This book is written in a very biased point of view and not from a serious and unbiased researcher's point of view. I wanted facts and research , not a lesson in religion. I closed the book empty handed. The book may have an interesting title, but it was too much filled with the author's religious beliefs in a way that a reader that does not share his beliefs might find it a very unpleasent experience.
For a more balanced book I strongly recommend "The Twelve: The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary" by Bernard Ruffin, C. Bernard Ruffin
Some more of the untold story of the Bible May 22, 2000
This guy has spent years studying the twelve Apostles. With countless trips to the Middle East and Europe and endless years in study, McBirnie has put together a great handbook on what happened to these men. Most of Acts and most of the books about the first century cover the life of Paul. Anything out there about the twelve apostles is scattered throughout out-of-print and boring books that we would never find. Finally, someone has put all of these findings together to create an incredible history of where all these guys ended up. Some things that are unknown to Christians are detailed in this book: Such as, did you know that Peter made it as far as England in his journeys? Or, did you know that Thomas went all the way to India and maybe even China? McBirnie details all the evidence here with a great bibliography. I recommend this book to any Christian, so they can see just how passionate and serious these men were about their Lord. Plus, it is just incredibly fascinating.
The book is conveniently split up into chapters titled by each apostle. This book also covers some of the other apostles as well (Barnabas, Silas, etc.).