This religious book Caoimhghin Padraig Muireadhach extracts the incidents of the Apostles within the New Testament and those reported by the Church Fathers and by early tradition. These data are used to generate a year-by-year cross-correlation of their activities and missions. The history is presented in three parts: their backgrounds, families, occupations, cities, hierarchy, and how they knew of Jesus; a lengthy second-third of this history collects the events of each apostle by first focussing on what is written of him in the New Testament prior to the Resurrection; the final third discusses how & why Christianity spread so far and so fast. It includes a list of all the non-canonical gospels, epistles, acts and apocalypses from the first two centuries. A map is drawn of each apostle's missionary travels, as is a map of the Roman Empire showing that the lands to which the apostles travelled were accessible by foot [e.g., the seven cities of Revelation all lie along the Royal Highway], and by well travelled sea routes from ports of Rome's Empire. The impossibility of using only the gospels to write of the 12 apostles is quickly discovered. In the four gospels, three of the apostles are never mentioned (except for being listed): James the Less; Simon the Zealot and Jude-Thaddeus. Since they each bore the same patronymic, bar-Alphaeus [as does Matthew aka Levi], they seem related and may be apostles from Nazareth. Thus, for them [and often for the other nine], it is upon early tradition, and the writings of the Church Fathers [before the Council of Nicaea], that this deductive-history hinges. It also uses data from Paul's Epistles, Luke's Acts and three books that the early church held sacred: Acts of Peter; Acts of Paul; and Protoevangelium of James. The author acknowledges that there may be errors in his compilation. Apostle Philip and Deacon Philip are taken to be the same man since each had three or four virgin-daughters who were prophetesses and both preached in Hieraopolis. Matthew is taken to be a relation of James, Jude, and Simon who, as a tax-collector, must have been considered to be a prodigal. Could James Jude and Simon be the half sons of Jesus mentioned in the gospels and was the fourth one mentioned Joses actually Joses Barabbas [son of his father (Joseph)] the disciple called Jusstus? This is a four-part book: · Its first part describes the time of Jesus, family relationships and how the Apostles fell into various working and belief groups. · The second gives the travels of each of the 12 Apostles through the lands they converted. Sources are the New Testament, Local Traditin and the Apostolic Fathers. Route maps are included:; · The third sevtin shows how fertile was the ground, and for what reasons it caused The Amazing Spread of Christianity;was. · The fourth tells of all the other gospels acts, epistles and revelations that were part of theirtimes and gives a long series of end notes that referemce everu part of the words and deeds of each apostle told in this book. The Apostolic List is presented in the following order: o Matthias o Judas Iscariot o James bar Alphaeus o Simon the Zealot [bar Alphaeus] o Jude Thaddeus-Lebbaeus [bar Alphaeus] o Matthew Levi bar Alphaeus o Jude Thomas o Nathaniel bat Tholomew o Philip o Jams bar Zebedee o John bar Zebedee o Andrew bar Jonas o Peer Simon bar Jonas
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For 45 years Lawrence A. Murray considered himself a cutting edge physicist beginning with transistors after graduating in 1953 and proceeding to working on inventing the Laser [actually an Iraser] in 1966 but three other teams invented the Laser, so he went to LEDs then fiber optics, Machine Vision and Robotics until he could no longer read. Using the motto If you can t read, write; if you can t write, publish! he became first an author then a Publisher. Mr. Murray graduated from Notre Dame in 1953, went to Columbia U to earn his doctorate but was drafted to serve in the Far East just as the Korean War ended. At service s end in the midst of a semester, he decided to earn some money and, making more money that his profs had ever told him was possible, attended night courses in five NY/NJ universities but. Upon becoming father and husband, remained a pragmatic worker rather than a practicing scholar. He writes under a number of pen names, is s practicing Roman Catholic, enjoys Archeology and History and he travels the world.Review:
There seems to be more in this book about the 12 Apostles than ever reported before. Most post-Resurrection apostolic stories are taken from writings of Church Fathers but some seem to be suspect. Two examples are Mathias being a tax collector; the other is using a report whose only copy is a seventh century one about Sts. Jude and Simon. Using the Protoevangelion and the Acts of Peter and the Acts of Paul are more acceptable since they were read to Christians in the first and second centuries even if they never made the Canon of the New Testament. Another most interesting part of this history lies in deducing more about what the twelve did and came from before being called. In the third part, the listing of all the writings that never made it into the New Testament is quite informative. --Sts Jude imPress
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