After Acts by Bryan Litfin (♦♦♦♦♦)

Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles

Is there evidence that the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John actually penned the gospels under their names? If so, when did they do it and how? How did they and Jesus' apostles die? What happened in the early days of Christianity after the Bible ended? These and many other questions are addressed in After Acts.

Scholarly and didactic, written in a language easy to understand, After Acts is food for thought and a theological page turner. Also, it doesn't shy away from addressing theological controversies and differences in thoughts.

There is no filler content; everything is interesting and relevant (my book is highlighted from beginning to end). There is so much on the topic that I didn't know, that I think I'll have to re-read the book in order to absorb it completely.

Religion is one of my passions, particularly from an intellectual perspective, and in that or any other regard this book doesn't disappoint. If you have ever asked yourself the meaning of Gnostic, the difference between orthodoxy and liberals in the Church, how are we sure that the four evangelists wrote the Gospels, and what became of Christ's apostles after Acts in the Bible, this book is for you. It will challenge your notions but more importantly, it'll give you answers that may or may not be the ones you expect.

The author, a Biblical scholar, draws from various sources like the writings from early Church fathers (from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD), contemporary accounts and the New Testament apocrypha to arrive to conclusions such as maybe Matthew's gospel wasn't the first to be written but the third, that he may have used a team of more educated scribes to transcribe from Aramaic to Greek, etc.

Strongly recommended!

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free eGalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I'm not familiar with this author, but I will have to look him up. I, too, find the history of this period fascinating and it sounds like this may be one I need to add to my TBR list.

    1. I didn't know this author either; I requested the book because of the plot and I was approved. Great luck, I say, because I loved it!

  2. This sounds fascinating! I also like to study religion from an intellectual perspective plus I have read many novels from the 1940s about the life of Jesus and the early Christians.

    1. Then this is the perfect fit for you, Judy. It is fascinating and very easy to read.

  3. I don't know this author or the book.

    Thanks for a marvelous review.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved February Edition. I am in the list as #11.

    My book entry is below.

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    1. This book was released just two days ago, Elizabeth. It picked my curiosity because of its topic.
      Thanks for visiting.

  4. Looks interesting, might add this to my amazon list.


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