RE: [XTalk] Westcott (shameless springboarding to 1 Cor 15)
The question, I believe, would probably have been irrelevant to Paul. It would have been the fact of the appearing, not the timing, that would have interested him.
The punch line for that passage comes in the part you leave out as the "etc.": that lastly Christ appeared to Paul!!! This was asserted by Paul as evidence for his claim to be an apostle, something not recognized by those "original" apostles in Jerusalem, and perhaps not even by some of the factions in Corinth. Thus what Paul is offering here is "proof" that he himself fits the definition of apostle, as being one with personal knowledge/contact with Jesus--even if it was in this case the risen Jesus.
All the best,
From: Ken Olson [mailto:kaolson@...]
Sent: Mon 1/12/2004 9:12 AM
Cc: email@example.com; synoptic-l@...
Subject: Re: [XTalk] Westcott (shameless springboarding to 1 Cor 15)
On Monday, January 12, at 8:03 AM, Jim West wrote:
> I thought listers may like to know that born this day in 1825 was, Brooke
> Foss Westcott, near Birmingham, England. He was appointed the chair of
> Professor of Divinity at Cambridge.
Wow! That's rapid career advancement! ( ;
OK, more seriously: I realize Jim does not mean to imply that one event
followed immediately on the other. I've often wondered about Paul's
satetment in 1 Cor. 15:
that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures,
and that he was buried,
and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures,
and that he appeared to Cephas,
then to the twelve,
How much time might Paul have assumed to have passed between the raising and
the appearance to Cephas?
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