The stories and contributions of the apostles provide an important
entree into church history. This comprehensive historical and literary
introduction uncovers their lives and legacies, underscoring the apostles'
impact on the growth of the early church. The author collects and distills the
histories, legends, symbols, and iconography of the original twelve and locates
figures such as Paul, Peter, and John in the broader context of the history of
the apostles. He also explores the continuing story of the gospel mission and
the twelve disciples beyond the New Testament.