Re: Ted's Hypothesis
- --- Brian Trafford wrote:
> the status of Peter, John and James is such thatBut they weren't. Aside from the fact that no one at
> Paul refers to them as "pillars" of the church,
> and excepting 1st Corinthians sees no reason to
> elaborate on why they enjoyed such an exalted status
> (namely, that they were the first witnesses to the
all witnessed the resurrection (i.e., the body rising
from the slab), only Peter gets the first appearance
in Paul's list. John is in the second group (the Twelve)
and James doesn't get an appearance until after the 500.
So while an appearance-claim may well have been sine
qua non for a leadership position, that alone doesn't
account for the pillar-status of John and James, either
in fact or in Paul's mind.