by Glen H. JonesScripture and secular history offer scant information on most of the apostles of the Lord Jesus, but Taylor has attempted to give us new insights into the lives and influence of the Twelve (or thirteen). Seventeen men mentioned in the New Testament are termed apostles: Simon Peter, Andrew, John, James, Philip, Nathaniel (Bartholomew), Matthew (Levi), Thaddaeus (Jude, Judas, Lebbaeus), James the Less, Simon the Zealot, Thomas, Judas Iscariot, Matthias, Paul, Barnabas, Silas, and James (half brother of Jesus). Taylor believes the final Twelve should be the original Twelve, minus Judas Iscariot, plus Saul, renamed Paul. One can assume the author places Paul among the Twelve rather than Matthias. The latter was chosen by early church leaders to replace Judas, but Matthias is not heard of again. The writer gleans information from Scripture, early church fathers, and tradition on the lives of the apostles' birthplace, parentage, families, field of missionary service, personality, and how each met his death. The apostles believed missionary fields show their determination to obey Jesus' command to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Thomas may have traveled as far east as India. Peter preached in Asia Minor, Rome, and possibly Britain. Paul spread the gospel in Asia Minor, Greece, Rome, and possibly Spain. Thaddaeus preached in Syria, Arabia, Mesopotamia, Persia, and possibly Britain. Discussion questions are included for those who want to use the book for group study.