Item description for The Search for the Twelve Apostles by William Steuart McBirnie...
Overview McBirnie begins where the Acts of the Apostles leaves off. He brings the astonishing personalities in Acts to vivid life as the human beings they were, with their dedication, humanity, zeal, and triumphant faith.
Publishers Description Simon Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Jude, Simon, Judas, and Matthias--what happened to the men who answered Jesus' call to follow him? What impact did they have on the world? Where did they go and what did they do after Jesus' resurrection and ascension? In these fascinating profiles, Dr. McBirnie offers readers a snapshot of the lives of each apostle. His information was compiled by traveling to places where the apostles lived and visited, by studying the Scriptures and biblical history, by listening to local traditions, and by engaging in his own original research. Picking up where the book of Acts leaves off, McBirnie brings these men to life as he explores the legends, traditions, and real lives of the Twelve as they built the foundation of Christianity.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414320043 ISBN13 9781414320045
Reviews - What do customers think about The Search for the Twelve Apostles?
Better than spected Dec 2, 2007
I found many previously unknown facts about the Apostles, that makes me try to visit some places in a future travel to Europe and the Holy Land. Although I do not share some opinions with the autor, I found this book better than spected.
well researched Nov 18, 2007
The sheer amount of information provides on the apostles in the Bible is amazing. There are many pointers to other places to look for information. I found this to be a good source for a small research paper as well as leading me to other sources.
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 17, 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.