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Justin narrates the manner of his conversion to Trypho the Jew. In Chapter III of his Dialogue with Trypho, he writes,

"And while I was thus disposed, when I wished at one period to be filled with great quietness, and to shun the path of men, I used to go into a certain field not far from the sea. And when I was near that spot one day, which having reached I purposed to be by myself, a certain old man, by no means contemptible in appearance, exhibiting meek and venerable manners, followed me at a little distance. And when I turned round to him, having halted, I fixed my eyes rather keenly on him.

"And he said, 'Do you know me?'

I replied in the negative.

"'Why, then,' said he to me, 'do you so look at me?

"'I am astonished,' I said, 'because you have chanced to be in my company in the same place; for I had not expected to see any man here.'

"And he says to me, 'I am concerned about some of my household. These are gone away from me; and therefore have I come to make personal search for them, if, perhaps, they shall make their appearance somewhere. But why are you here?' said he to me.

Who was this man that Justin met? Something tells me he's trying to tell us that he met Jesus Christ, but maybe not. Is there any evidence that it was Jesus Christ, whether elsewhere from Justin, or from other patristic writings?

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I would say that since Justin Martyr was born in AD 100, we shouldn't assume it was the risen Christ ... If this event had happened shortly after the resurrection, I could see how it would be easy to interpret it so ... However, the apostles (witnesses of Christ) were not hesitant to claim they'd seen the risen Christ, would also lead me to believe that Justin would not have been so cryptic about it, had he in fact believed that it was Christ.

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Good thought! What if it wasn't necessarily a physical presence (i.e., him literally being there), but a manifestation? Has there ever been anyone who has claimed to see Jesus, even if just a manifestation, since the time he ascended to heaven (in 33 A.D.)? I'm just musing though. Good answer, again! – Simply a Christian Feb 24 '13 at 18:30
I believe that Christ's 'rebuke' to Thomas was to convey that we needn't rely on His physical manifestation in which to base our faith. And shortly thereafter, no more claims to seeing the risen Christ came out ... However, the spiritual manifestation (He became the life-giving Spirit) abounded, even to this day. – SonShawk Feb 24 '13 at 20:14
[link] ( ... A pertinent article – SonShawk Feb 24 '13 at 20:32

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