By Sean McDowell
The publication of Martyrs by means of John Foxe written within the sixteenth century has lengthy been the go-to resource for learning the lives and martyrdom of the apostles. while different students have written person remedies at the extra popular apostles resembling Peter, Paul, John, and James, there's little released details at the different apostles. within the destiny of the Apostles, Sean McDowell bargains a entire, reasoned, historic research of the destiny of the twelve disciples of Jesus besides the apostles Paul, and James. McDowell assesses the proof for every apostle’s martyrdom in addition to settling on its importance to the reliability in their testimony. The query of the destiny of the apostles additionally will get to the center of the reliability of the kerygma: did the apostles rather think Jesus seemed to them after his loss of life, or did they fabricate the total tale? How trustworthy are the resurrection debts? The willingness of the apostles to die for his or her religion is a well-liked argument in resurrection reviews and McDowell bargains insightful scholarly research of this argument to damage new floor in the spheres of latest testomony stories, Church historical past, and apologetics.
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How, if at all, can we reconcile the different names mentioned as members of the Twelve? 4 However, differences in the lists are minimal, and their similarities offer a potentially decipherable pattern. In all Peter, James, and John were with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane at his arrest (Mark 14:32–50; Matt 26:36–56; Luke 22:39–53; John 18:1–11). Peter followed Jesus into the courtyard (Mark 14:54). John was present at the cross ( John 19:26–27). ” 2 Ronald Brownrigg, The Twelve Apostles (New York: Macmillan, 1974), 33–34.
Hebrews emphasizes the supremacy of Jesus, including his successful trials against temptation (2:9–10, 18), as well as the lives of those in the so-called “hall of faith” (11:4–38), as examples believers should imitate. What happened to many of those in the hall of faith? The author of Hebrews clarifies that the prophets: who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Acts 12 marks a significant turning point in the ministry of the Twelve and the Jerusalem church. After sharing about his escape from prison, Peter “departed and went to another place” (Acts 12:17). The other apostles likely left at this point as well—if not earlier. It is noteworthy that “the brothers,” as well as James, are to be informed about Peter’s departure. The other apostles are not mentioned. It seems likely they had already left Jerusalem. 29 The consistent testimony of the early church is that the apostles left Jerusalem to engage in missionary work.