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10 thoughts on “The Twelve: The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary

  1. says:

    A whole new shelf for this work Rankly disappointing The man assumes and guesses and accepts hagiographical legend and places it alongside tradition which I realize for many people might be one and the same thing but it isn t Ruffin does the investigation of the early Church after Christ s death and Resurrection absolutely no favours with this book According to the middle Eastern document, Thomas, while still at the court of Gundaphorus, was attending a banquet when he was punched in the fa A whole new shelf for this work Rankly disappointing The man assumes and guesses and accepts hagiographical legend and places it alongside tradition which I realize for many people might be one and the same thing but it isn t Ruffin does the investigation of the early Church after Christ s death and Resurrection absolutely no favours with this book According to the middle Eastern document, Thomas, while still at the court of Gundaphorus, was attending a banquet when he was punched in the face by a cupbearer Thomas told the offender, My God will forgive you this injury in the world to come, but in this world He will show forth His wonders, and I shall even now see that hand which smote me dragged by dogs Shortly afterward the cupbearer went out to draw water and was attacked by a lion, which killed him and mauled his body A big black dog gnawed on the mangled remains and walked into the banquet hall with the cupbearer s right hand in his mouth Really, Oh really Puuuuueaze Placing these stupid and quite unworthy legends alongside the small number of details we do know only serves to undermine that genuine knowledge The Traditions handed down by communities can having something to say and to illuminate the darkness of these periods but placing rubbish like this in the centre of a reflection and speaking of it as though it were, if you ll pardon the expression, Gospel is quite frankly ridiculous Being a practising catholic and very proud to be so, I am well aware that many might see the Catholic Church as grounded or founded on such legends but that is not the case Hagiography, the overly imaginative, shall we say, accounts of saints lives and deaths are never presented in any meaningful way as scholarship or useful other than as piety Ruffin presents the dubious next to the inspiring, the insanely silly alongside the beautifully moving and it besmirches everything I had hoped this would be a simple reflection on the little we know about these twelve men, it wasn t It was grabbing at straws and constructing a house which anyone,wolf or sheep, would very easily blow down with the slightest breeze of logic, reason or even the genuine search for knowledge of these central yet shadowed figures


  2. says:

    Holy mackerel, people Why is this book not a standard recommendation for every Christian who wants to know what the apostles did after Pentecost We know about John mostly We know about Peter mostly And a few others But to read about Bartholomew s ministry to Iran is amazing And that Thomas is the apostle who we know most about other than Peter or Paul well, that was pretty surprising also.This book was lent to me for some research I m doing so I m just dipping into it here and there Holy mackerel, people Why is this book not a standard recommendation for every Christian who wants to know what the apostles did after Pentecost We know about John mostly We know about Peter mostly And a few others But to read about Bartholomew s ministry to Iran is amazing And that Thomas is the apostle who we know most about other than Peter or Paul well, that was pretty surprising also.This book was lent to me for some research I m doing so I m just dipping into it here and there But it is so fascinating and readable, with trustworthy scholarship, that I find myself reaching for it for my bedtime reading also.Highly recommended


  3. says:

    I was really excited about this book when I picked it up, but am incredibly disappointed for several reasons, some of which I ll include here First, there is a severe lack of footnotes It doesn t cite much For example, as a lifelong Catholic, I knew St Peter was married it s in Scripture , but I ve never read anywhere any detail about his wife, some of which Ruffin writes about in this book naming her, naming a possible daughter, talking about how Peter s wife aided his ministry and implyi I was really excited about this book when I picked it up, but am incredibly disappointed for several reasons, some of which I ll include here First, there is a severe lack of footnotes It doesn t cite much For example, as a lifelong Catholic, I knew St Peter was married it s in Scripture , but I ve never read anywhere any detail about his wife, some of which Ruffin writes about in this book naming her, naming a possible daughter, talking about how Peter s wife aided his ministry and implying they were martyred together without citing anything, whether is be modern research or pious tradition Yet he dismisses another,documented and better known pious tradition, of St James the Greater ending up in Spain, out of hand Later, he conflated Philip the Apostle with Philip the Deacon, applying much of what Philip the Deacon did in Acts 8 to the Apostle, of whom we know little The chapter on Matthew Levi was one of the stronger points, even noting in detail that the Church Fathers and early sources state that Matthew did indeed write the Gospel However, in the appendix, it lists Matthew and Levi separately with dates of death decades apart


  4. says:

    Ruffin uses Church tradition as his primary source He says clearly that, beyond the minimum we know from scriptures, we know nothing As a result, this isan apology for Roman Catholic theology than a true history.


  5. says:

    My Book Blog added quite a bit to the original review on my blog and because I did not do this book justice the first time around It is much better I really enjoyed this one I love reading about figures from the Bible and find this ancient history so fascinating It is so frustrating that so many documents have been and texts have been lost over the years I found this one especially interesting because I My Book Blog added quite a bit to the original review on my blog and because I did not do this book justice the first time around It is much better I really enjoyed this one I love reading about figures from the Bible and find this ancient history so fascinating It is so frustrating that so many documents have been and texts have been lost over the years I found this one especially interesting because I don t really know anything about the Apostles after the Resurrection I thought it was also interesting that the author included both the sort of outrageous claims that were handed down though the years in contrast to thelikely or reliable information This is a quick read but informative and I definitely recommend it


  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this book C Bernard Ruffin takes Scripture and historical documents even some apocryphal works and gospels that didn t make the Biblical cut for good reason , and plumbs the depths for things we can learn about the lives of these men I especially liked how he processed the Scriptural stories in particular Acts , adding context and historical background that made everything so much clearer than reading without it You never realize how much is left out of those stories, and I really enjoyed this book C Bernard Ruffin takes Scripture and historical documents even some apocryphal works and gospels that didn t make the Biblical cut for good reason , and plumbs the depths for things we can learn about the lives of these men I especially liked how he processed the Scriptural stories in particular Acts , adding context and historical background that made everything so much clearer than reading without it You never realize how much is left out of those stories, and how much it clarifies what s going on to have the setting.Ruffin is very willing to admit what is speculation vs what is known with reasonable certainty and what is clearly fiction This book, although it was about the Apostles, actually made the person of Jesus come alive for me, because of what I saw reflected in his closest friends


  7. says:

    Excellent book about the lives of the 12 Apostles, both during Jesus s time on Earth and after his death I learned so much about the twelve apostles journeys, miracles, and difficult lives they encountered while preaching the good news from Iran to India A well written book that incorporated historical facts of the time of the apostles as well as scriptural references that explained their individual personalities and issues If you are looking for information on The Twelve, I highly recomm Excellent book about the lives of the 12 Apostles, both during Jesus s time on Earth and after his death I learned so much about the twelve apostles journeys, miracles, and difficult lives they encountered while preaching the good news from Iran to India A well written book that incorporated historical facts of the time of the apostles as well as scriptural references that explained their individual personalities and issues If you are looking for information on The Twelve, I highly recommend this book


  8. says:

    Good book that discusses the lives and martyrdoms of the apostles I also discuss this topic in my book, Cold Case Christianity Chapter 14 Were They Biased Cold Case Christianity A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels Good book that discusses the lives and martyrdoms of the apostles I also discuss this topic in my book, Cold Case Christianity Chapter 14 Were They Biased Cold Case Christianity A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels


  9. says:

    A very interesting book which give a glimpse about the twelve apostles and what they did after Jesus left then My conclusion is that it gives only a small insight but it does motivate the reader to search outinformation.


  10. says:

    Very detailed look into the different historical accounts on the twelve apostles and gave me a new perspective on what they went through to help form the Church There were times that the flow of the writing could have been improved, but overall I am glad I picked this book up.


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The Twelve: The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary Who Were The Apostles Really What Happened To Them After The End Of The Gospel Story You Ll Be Surprised By The Wealth Of Detail Ruffin Has Dug Up For Each Apostle Even Judas Iscariot.