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William Steuart McBirnie (1920–1995)

Author of The Search for the Twelve Apostles

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Works by William Steuart McBirnie

The Search for the Twelve Apostles (1973) 668 copies, 5 reviews
The Search for the Early Church (1978) 46 copies, 1 review
The Antichrist (1978) 15 copies
Seven sins of Jonah (1981) 9 copies


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Given to Matthew Hayes - 05/04/2023
revbill1961 | 4 other reviews | May 4, 2023 |
New Testament Principles for Today's Church
Gordon_C_Olson_Libr | Apr 5, 2022 |
Whatever happened to the men who learned at the feet of Jesus?

I picked this book up to provide a little insight into the legends and remembered personalities of Jesus’ entourage, for my upcoming book about John’s Gospel. It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

Written by a believer, but properly skeptical about the legends that sprang up, the book goes through each of the Twelve and then wraps up with a discussion of five other notable apostles: John Mark, Barnabas, Luke, Lazarus, and Paul. As tradition dictates, Nathanial in the Gospel of John is assumed to be Bartholomew in the other three Gospels.

For each figure, McBirnie relates a bit of what the New Testament says, what later Gospels and church fathers report, and what traditions are known. He discusses where they later preached, what they were recognized for, how they died, where they were buried. Where legends disagree (and there are many contradictory traditions) McBirnie reports on them all. He personally visited several countries learning local traditions, so much of the research is original.

Interesting and easy to read, I recommend this book for anyone who is curious about the legends of Jesus’ closest followers.
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1 vote
DubiousDisciple | 4 other reviews | Jun 23, 2011 |
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.… (more)
1 vote
BethanyBible | 4 other reviews | Jan 19, 2010 |


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