Quest for the Historical Apostles

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A scholarly quest to explain exactly what happened to the apostles after Jesus' death. Separating fact from fiction. As a low church liturgy Protestant, I have no knowledge of church history. I'm delighted to study with these resources that show me Church didn't begin in 1517.
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I absolutely loved this book! So much of what happened to the Apostles after the ascension of Christ is speculation, and has driven this Bible Nerd absolutely nuts. "The Quest for the Historical Apostles" was such a treasure. The author's drive to find the factual truth behind the Apostles was refreshing and mirrored my own heartfelt quest to learn more about these astounding men. But the author's drive and determination to stay true to authenticity is what drove me to the end of the book. It was a brilliant journey, one that I will happily reread again in the near future.
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After recently reading on the Quest for the Historical Jesus, I was intrigued by this title.  As a current student in Bible college, I sincerely appreciate the historical side of those that give us so much of the context of the New Testament.  Written for the lay person, this could serve along side a bible study or new testament reading to help provide context and details about the apostles.  Really enjoyed this one.
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This book is very well done and an excellent source of information. I would definitely refer to this book if I were doing an in depth study of the Gospels or Acts. But this is not a book to sit down and read straight through. It is packed full of helpful Biblical and historical information--far too much to speed read, but perfect to use as a reference. I would recommend reading through slowly as a Bible reading companion in order to dig deeper into the Gospel accounts. Overall this book is very well organized and researched and would be a great resource for a pastor's shelf.
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Up front the author lets the reader know that this work on the Apostles is going to be on the scholarly side.  That is true, but the writer and researcher delivers on his subject.  There are a lot of works on the Apostles, one recently published by a non-believer which is still surpisingly good, though that book looses a little depth while the writer guesses at things.

What is great about this "quest" is that W. Brian Shelton has deeply researched, and knows his topic.  He presents the same using different lenses, and thus is able to make educated guesses when needed.  Though a little scholarly for the casual reader, this book, if you are interested in the topic, is worth reading just the same.
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First of all, I'm a big fan of the history of the early church and the personalities involved. When I started reading this book I didn't think I'd get into it at all because it has a dry introduction about sources and practices but once you get into the biographies of the apostles, it is really engaging. Without going down a speculative path, the chapters are really good at describing the historical and theological content available on the apostles and painting a picture that should provide most lay people some useful nuggets about the apostles and the early church. Highly recommended for people that want to learn more about the personalities of the New Testament.
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