March 27, 2007

I've Finished Reading "Twelve Ordinary Men"

Overall, a fairly good book. John McArthur does a good job of portraying each of the apostles as they are represented in Scripture. At the beginning of this book, he issued the challenge of being able to name all twelve. I could have come close, missing probably one:

  1. Simon Peter
  2. Andrew
  3. James
  4. John (The Disciple Whome Jesus Loved)
  5. Phillip
  6. Matthew
  7. Nathaniel
  8. Thomas
  9. Judas (Not Iscariot)
  10. Thaddeus
  11. James The Less
  12. Judas Iscariot

I thought the book was a decent biographical portrayal, but WAY TOO MUCH verbiage spent on the ordinariness of the apostles. Anyone, who has studied the Bible at all, would know they were ordinary men. Addressing that at the beginning of the book would have been great and then just sticking to the bio sketches, but McArthur for some reason felt the need to HAMMER that point over and over again in each chapter dealing with each Apostle. Once again, not bad, just overkill.

One thing I did appreciate was the inclusion of early church tradition as to what happened to each of the 12 post-Pentecost. Also, as usual, McArthur did a good job of explaining tradition, customs, and context of the time at which the Bible took place. A good read and a quick one (198 pages)

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