One of the most well-written, even captivating, accounts of the events after our Lord's crucifixion. Little-known happenings in the early church, including ties between the early church in Rome and the Royal House of Britain. This is a book that sheds much needed light on events of the New Testament period. A classic!
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*** Book Description from Artisan Books
In A.D. 33 the most power-packed drama in the history of Mankind was acted out when Roman soldiery nailed Jesus Christ to the cross at the instigation of the fanatical leadership of the Sanhedrin. Though seemingly unimportant at the time this incident was followed by the most important and significant event in all of history . . . the resurrection of Jesus Christ. From this unique and unparalleled event sprang the greatest missionary movement of all time as His disciples began to take His Kingdom message (as He had instructed them to do) to the "lost sheep" of the House of Israel.
This book documents the travels of not just the twelve disciples but many more after they left Judea and journeyed to distant lands as they carried the Gospel message. The list includes Joseph of Arimathea Mary the mother of Jesus Mary Magdalene Lazarus Paul Peter and scores of others. Although the title implies the disciples were "lost" they were really only lost to history for a while.
This author did not rely on tradition or fanciful tales. Rather he researched historical sources for the information; ancient Roman French British and Greek manuscripts. The volume of evidence is amazing and exciting. It confirms that Paul brought Christianity to Rome about A.D. 56 and documents that Joseph of Arimathea carried the word to Great Britain in A.D. 36.
Mr. Jowett also demonstrates that ancient Britains were not barbarians as they have so often been described by the establishment historian. There was a well organized society in the 1st century. In fact Britain was the only land that Rome could not conquer. Nation after nation fell before Roman armies for hundreds of years but not the British Isles; not even after Emperor Claudius issued his edict to exterminate all Christians everywhere. The Isles were victorious because of highly trained well-equipped armies who defended their country in the name of Jesus Christ.
One doesn't have to be British or of British ancestry to develop as you read a great sense of sympathy and affection for these early Christians who gave their lives in defense of home family and church so their descendants would have the freedoms they now enjoy. Drama of the Lost Disciples is an excellent work.
*** Customer comments from Amazon
I read this book many years ago and have never forgotten it! Thus I am buying two copies to share with others, as I've worn out my original book. I've used it's invaluable history and not-commonly-known information in it, time and again... It is enlightening and inspiring in that it links early Christianity, and the migration of early Christians, with Christians today. I highly recommend it! Kathryn in Bend, Oregon, USA
A thoroughly researched book littered with documented historical references, this book provides a detailed account of how the Christian message was sustained in the years following Christ's ministry. Challenges the orthodox view of how Christianity became the dominant religious movement and describes the pivotal role played by the Celtic leaders in Britain in helping Christ's message survive through those early years of persecution. It makes me proud to be British!
Originally published in 1961, the 'Drama of the Lost Discples' has gone through 16 editions of printing as of 2009. The most recent edition contains a page of biographical information about the author George F. Jowett (d. 1969) who was interestingly a fitness instructor and world-class gymnast by profession. The book has several themes, but most are based around attempting to locate where the apostles traveled to, as well as the missing years of Jesus. The New Testament is entirely blank about the history of the life of Jesus from age 12 to 30. As for the apostles, there is some provided information where some of them were sent (e.g. Peter 1: 11 notes the apostle Simon Peter was sent to Pontus, Galatia and Asia Minor etc), however for other apostles no such geography is referenced. A major segment of Jowett's book thus provides answers to these locations. How? Jowett book provides many citations to ancient historical literature, from the early Church, medieval and other sources which place several of the apostles in Britain. There are so many of these sources that agree Simon the Zealot and Paul traveled to Britain. The evidence is overwelming, however Jowett went further in his research and discovered evidence of Jesus himself in the British Isles, as well as Joseph of Arimathea which Roman literature connects to the 'Cassiterides', an ancient name for the tin-mines of Cornwall. There is far more content in the book as well, certianly recommended.