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  • Question from CV Alpha Group

    This year Jon the freelance theologian answered questions ‘on the spot’ at a special Alpha evening. Here’s one of the questions that was asked:

    How many people saw Jesus after his resurrection?

    According to the various gospel accounts and the letters attributed to Paul, the following resurrection appearances took place. The various different accounts from the gospels were correlated by John Wenham in his book, Easter Enigma [Paternoster 1996, Appendix iv, p.139] as follows.

    In or near Jerusalem
    Easter Sunday morning – to Mary Magdalene
    Easter Sunday morning – to other women, not all of whom were named
    Easter Sunday midday – to Clopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus
    Easter Sunday afternoon – to Peter
    Easter Sunday evening – to ten of the disciples, plus others who were with them
    Following Sunday – To the eleven surviving disciples, including ‘doubting Thomas’

    Later, in Galilee
    To the seven disciples who were fishing on the Sea of Galilee (John chapter 21)
    To more than 500 ‘brothers’ in the hills of Galilee (1 Corinthians chapter 15, verse 6)
    To James, the Lord’s brother (later leader of the church in Jerusalem)

    Back in Jerusalem
    To the eleven disciples, followed by his Ascension from the Mount of Olives after forty days spent among them (Acts chapter 1)

    Paul also claimed to have met the risen Christ on the Damascus road “as to one who is born abnormally”, i.e. late, in1 Corinthians chapter 15, verse 8.

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