- Jeff wrote; "I suspect that the appearance to 500 differs from the
others in Paul's
list as being a non-commissioning appearance (i.e., there weren't
were regarded as called to the apostolate) but an extraordinary
remembered from the early days of the church (sometimes thought of
behind Acts 2)."
Actually, I think *Paul* did think they were all commissioned to the
apostolate. I don't think many other people agreed with him. The
criteria in Acts 1 (including being with Jesus from the beginning) seem
to be more what *most* of the church believed. But this left Paul out.
*He* only had a resurrection appearance (and doubtless some questioned
even that), so it would appear *he* had a somewhat wider idea of what
constituted an apostle. Paul's view did not win the day, however. What
did happen is that Paul was added to the list as an anomaly, and then
became (after the time we are discussing) *the* apostle.
JOHN E STATON (BA Sheffield; DipTheol. Bristol)
Penistone, Sheffield UK