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The Twelve - The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary

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Catalog Code: 9780879739263

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How much do we really know about the lives of the Twelve Apostles? What did they do after Calvary? Where did they go?

Since the Twelve Apostles left no detailed information about themselves behind, how is it possible to gather information as to their fate? While you could search through dozens of sources and hundreds of books for information on these apostles, C. Bernard Ruffin has collected all the data in this comprehensive and engaging book. He weaves together Scripture, Tradition, and historical documents to re-create and outline the lives of each of Christ's closest followers.

"Responding to the challenge of re-creating the lives of the Twelve
apostles from the barest information, he has examined the best sources available and outlines the life of each of Christ's closest followers as thoroughly and completely as it is possible to do."
- Peter F. Macaluso, Ph.D., The Cord

"His book is quite like having twelve biographies under one cover as he portrays a picture of each one, gathering information from such scholars and historians as Papias. Eusebius, lrenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and St. John Chrysostom.... Dr. Ruffin puts together a rather remarkable and thorough story about each apostle, remarkable since [the Apostles] were primarily concerned about spreading the Gospel than information about themselves."
-Theology Today

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A well-known writer, C. Bernard Ruffin has authored several works for Our Sunday Visitor, including The Life of Brother Andre  an the bestselling book Padre Pio, Revised and Expanded.

 Table of Contents:

Introduction
Simon bar Jonah: The little fisherman
"Upon this rock..."Andrew: Second fiddle?
The three Jamses and Jerusalem Christianity
John: The beloved thunderer
Philiip: The evangelist to the gentiles
Bartholomew: The Israelite without guile
Thomas: Apostle to the Orient
Matthew: The phantom apostle
Simon and Jude: Martyrs in Iran
Judas Iscariot: The man who was a devil
Matthias: The austere apostle
Conclusion: The importance of the twelve
Chapter notes
Chart of the apostles
Index
 




 



 


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St. John Chrysostom

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/13


Patron Of: Against Epilepsy, Constantinople, Istanbul, Speakers, Lecturers, Orators, Preachers

Also known as
    Greatest of the Greek Fathers
    Golden-Mouth
    Giovanni Crisostomo

Profile
    John's father died when he was young, and he was raised by a very pius mother. Well educated; studied rhetoric under Libanius, one of the most famous orators of his day. Monk. Preacher and priest for a dozen years in Syria. While there he developed a stomach ailment that troubled him the rest of his life.

    It was for his sermons that John earned the title "Chrysostom" (golden mouthed). They were always on point, they explained the Scriptures with clarity, and they sometimes went on for hours. Made a reluctant bishop of Constantinople in 398, a move that involved him in imperial politics. Criticized the rich for not sharing their wealth, fought to reform the clergy, prevented the sale of ecclesiastical offices, called for fidelity in marriage, encouraged practices of justice and charity.

    Archbishop and Patriarch of Constantinople. Revised the Greek Liturgy. Greek Father of the Church. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 451.

    John's sermons caused nobles and bishops to work to remove him from his diocese; twice exiled from his diocese. Banished to Pythius, and died on the way.

Born
    c.347 at Antioch, Asia Minor

Died
    407



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St. Matthew

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/21


Patron Of: Accounts, Bankers, Bookkeepers, Stockbrokers, Tax Collectors

Profile
Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus' contemporaries were surprised to see the Christ with a traitor, but Jesus explained that he had come "not to call the just, but sinners."

Matthew's Gospel is given pride of place in the canon of the New Testament, and was written to convince Jewish readers that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus. He preached among the Jews for 15 years; his audiences may have included the Jewish enclave in Ethiopia, and places in the East.



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