Christian Humanist Profiles 168: Quest for the Historical Apostles

After His resurrection, Jesus called His eleven remaining disciples and gave them a mission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19) With this Great Commission, the disciples became apostles, authorized ambassadors of the Risen Lord. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and guided by their Lord’s command, they went forth … somewhere? In the Book of Acts, Peter does a lot of things, John somewhat less, James is killed by Herod, but as for the rest—well, it’s kind of a biblical mystery. But might there be other evidence elsewhere, that can shed light on what the scriptural history leaves in shadow? One scholar who has taken up this problem is Brian Shelton, author of Quest for the Historical Apostles. In this book, Shelton leverages biblical matter, the Church Fathers, and other traditional sources to reconstruct the possible journeys and lasting legacies of Jesus’s Apostles. In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, David Grubbs interviews Dr. Brian Shelton, scholar of historical theology and church history, and author of Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies (Baker Academic, 2018).

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