APOSTLE: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve

APOSTLE: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve

Tom Bissell    Book Number: 85694    Product format: Hardback

Popular understanding holds that after Jesus's ascension to Heaven the Twelve Apostles, working initially out of Jerusalem, quickly moved to establish identifiably Christian churches throughout the Roman world and beyond. After the Gospels, the Twelve are featured prominently within the New Testament only in the first few chapters of the Acts of the Apostles. The 'amazed and perplexed' people of Jerusalem wonder if these unaccountably polyglot Galileans might not be 'filled with new wine', but Peter, their spokesman, assures the crown that the Apostles are not drunk, 'for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.' The Twelve Apostles go on to perform many 'signs and wonders' before the people of Jerusalem. With this, the Twelve as a group sink from sight within the New Testament. How do you account for the sudden disappearance of Jesus's specially privileged followers in the only extant primary source of Christianity's rise? Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John. Who were these men and their fellow Apostles? What was their relationship to Jesus? Tom Bissell gives us a deeply informed examination of their identities and how they had taken shape over the course of two millennia. He makes clear that their story is the story of Christianity and its growth from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today. Bissell has visited holy sites from Roman Jerusalem to Turkey, India and Kyrgyzstan, in a brilliant blend of travel writing and biblical history. An unusual, erudite and at times hilarious book and a religious intellectual and personal adventure at the same time. "A profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity." Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece decorates the endpapers in a woodcut reproduction, illus. 407pp.
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