I found myself drawn to the book After Acts as the first sentence on the back of the book is what I have often wondered.
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the biblical characters after Acts-from the well-known Matthew to lesser-known Bartholomew-then this book is for you. (Litfin, 2015)
I have thought about this a good deal. I know that there are many church legends and such about differing apostles. What I have wondered is if any of the legends have any truth in them or not. The book After Acts is the book that helped filter out what is legend, lore and what has a ring of truth in it.
Bryan Litfin, the author of After Acts, takes the reader through apostle after apostle and researches the legends and sifts through them to see if there is any truth in the stories. He uses a basic report card after each chapter to rate whether the stories and legends line up with probability or not.
I enjoyed how Liftin uses the Bible as the source as he begins the tracing of each person. For example, here is what he wrote about Luke:
Only a few facts can be deduced from Scripture about the life of Luke, since he is mentioned by name in a mere three verses. (Litfin, 2015, p. 56)
The book design is very nice, and the chapters are easy to follow. I was surprised by the quantity of information about each person, and how Liftin pulls the facts out of the legend if there are any.
I have found the book After Acts to be an amazing book and recommend this to everyone and anyone. I especially look forward to reading Liftin’s other books Getting to know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction and
Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations.
Litfin, B. (2015). After Acts. Chicago: Moody Publishers.
Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book for free from Moody Press Newsroom program. The review and opinions here are my own and were not influenced by that fact.