Comments: Study of Mark: Mark 8:31-38

"..that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve."
If Judas had killed himself before Christ's death,why does it not say,"then to the eleven"?
What is your interpretation on this?

Posted by Eric Deimert at February 25, 2006 11:06 AM

"The twelve" was the generally understood term for "the apostles," was it not? Since he appeared to Cephas (Peter) elsewhere, why did it not say, "the ten?" It's because it is a specific term like Moses was for the law.

Posted by Kevin at February 25, 2006 11:49 AM

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Posted by Kevin at February 25, 2006 11:50 AM

Interestingly, the Vulgate actually reads "the eleven" in this verse ("et quia visus est Cephae et post haec undecim"). I'd agree with Kevin, though -- "The Twelve" was pretty much a generic title for the twelve main disciples. The people Paul was writing to would have been familiar with that term.

Also a possibility is that Paul was including Matthias in the number, since he was included as one of the twelve (Acts 1:26). Assumably, Matthias saw the risen Christ as well, so it would be accurate to include him.

Posted by Warren at February 25, 2006 12:00 PM

Thanks for the commentary.

Posted by John B. Houck at March 5, 2006 06:00 PM

I have felt for some years now, that todays' Christains (myself included), are hindering the return of the Lord because we are not radically living for Him. I mean, sure, there are a few who have, with pure motives, let go of "this world", but for the most part, it appears that many of us want our cake and eat it, too. What do you think?

Posted by Phil Lup at March 10, 2006 01:25 PM
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