As we study the Apostles, we find fewer references as we go down the list of the Twelve. I think I know the answer, however, I would like to hear your thoughts.
The story is about Jesus and they were His followers and students. They were His servants to get the word out to the world.
I have been wondering this since we started this study; I guess I never really noticed it before. I would truly love to know each of them better - guess I have to wait until I pass through the pearly gates! :) As much as I would like to know more about them, I believe they recognized that taking time to write about themselves would take away from precious ink written about our Savior. Who knows, it may have never crossed the minds of any NT authors to be more specific. Or, they may have entertained the thought for a moment. Then, soon realizing the importance of keeping the main thing, the main thing, they let that thought go.
Along the same lines, living in Biblical times must have given the apostles a sudden sense of urgency. Think about it, you just walked alongside Jesus for years. Wouldn't you just only want to talk about that? Want to tell EVERYONE? Script the message of salvation and His greatness? And next to nothing else? From this perspective, I'm surprised we have as many details about them as we do.
They weren't the focus, the only things written about were things that showed Christ and who He is. They deemed themselves as unimportant.
Because it wasn't all about them. It was about the message they preached!!