Who were the people closest to Jesus? Why did he choose these particular individuals? What unique contribution did each make according to sources in history and tradition? Kalas asks us to evaluate our own gifts and sacrifice in the light of their achievements. The 13th apostle is, of course, Mathias, chosen to succeed Judas Iscariot. 144 pages, softcover. Abingdon.
In this engaging book from popular author J. Ellsworth Kalas, a portrait of each of Jesus' apostle as a servant in ministry, a human being, and individual are drawn from Scripture as well as historical writings and tradition. A chapter is also devoted to Mathias, the successor to Judas Iscariot.
Each chapter features a key passage of Scripture. A study guide is included
J. Ellsworth Kalas (1923-2015) was the author of over 35 books, including the popular Back Side series, A Faith of Her Own: Women of the Old Testament, Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament, I Bought a House on Gratitude Street, and the Christian Believer study, and was a presenter on DISCIPLE videos. He was part of the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary since 1993, formerly serving as president and then as senior professor of homiletics. He was a United Methodist pastor for 38 years and also served five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council.