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Background Points First, Paul is not writing an exact accounting of every instance of Christ being seen in 1 Cor 15:5-8. He does run through an ordered list of instances, which are leading to his point of his own late encounter (v.8). Second, Paul is writing Corinthians after the selection of Matthias. So at the time of his writing, Matthias, chosen to ...


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There are no serious manuscript or textual issues with this verse (Jerome's Vulgate notwithstanding). The English translation of “the twelve” appears to represent the original text and the author’s intention. Commentators have offered various explanations for this number which appears to fail to account for Judas’ death and Thomas’ absence. A popular ...


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At the heart of the question is: Were these 'Trees' actual trees, and if not, what is the significance of them? Since there is no tree in nature that can give one "life", nor is there a tree that in itself can confer knowledge. Augustine, in City of God(XII:20) says, the tree of life is the holy of holies, Christ; the tree of the knowledge of good ...


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There are many things in ancient history that can't be corroberated. The potential for Stephen to make a blunder and for Luke to record it is highly unlikely. We must remember two things: First, the audience (Sanhedrin) would have legitimate grounds to dismiss Stephen as credible if he were to make such mistakes. Therefore, many possibilities have been ...



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