Shelton, W. Brian. Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018).
The stories and contributions of the apostles are foundational for understanding the mission and geography of the early generations of Christianity. This comprehensive historical and literary introduction uncovers their lives and legacies, underscoring the apostles’ impact on the growth of the early church. The work collects and distills the histories, legends, symbols, and iconography of the original twelve, locating them in the traditions around each apostle. The works also explores the continuing story of the gospel mission as it advances by the efforts of the twelve disciples beyond the New Testament.
Baker Academic (website: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/quest-for-the-historical-apostles/384300 )