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Those "sent out", including Jesus' Twelve Apostles and later equivalents.

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If Most Of The Apostles Were of Galilee, and Galilee Was Part of "Israel" Not Judah/Judea How Are They Considered Jews/Judeans G2453?

I was going to respond to a question along similar lines I saw here but apparently I don't have a reputation yet so I can't respond.. So, here I am.. I already know the answer better than most who ...
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is God or “ I am” the totality of consciousness? [closed]

When we refer to God in his totality, is it of consciousness of our mind and all that is to be? How did the prior worship before Bible creation look like? Is this why Jesus would go and meditate to ...
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How did the apostles and other disciples distinguish between themselves during the time of Jesus' public ministry?

We read in Mtt 26:14 : Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests... On a number of occassions including the Last Supper, 'the twelve' are referred to as '...
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Why do Protestant Christians accept the Apostles' Testimony as Credible, Reliable, and Substantial for Dedicating their Lives to?

The Testimony of the Apostles concerning the ministry, miraculous deeds, and alleged Resurrection, was fantastic, way out of the ordinary, revolutionary, and mind-boggling! The message they proclaimed ...
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According to the Bible, which of Jesus' Apostles were baptised in water?

John the Baptist said to those who came to him to be baptised that he baptised with water for repentance: “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I. . . . He will baptise you with the Holy ...
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Why didn't the apostles keep track of years after Jesus ascension?

Apart from preaching the good news to the Gentiles and the Jews, did the apostles have a responsibility to keep track of the number of years passed since Jesus Christ was taken up in a cloud to heaven....
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Who Were the First Successors of the Apostles in the Churches They Founded?

I suppose this question is a bit twofold: I'm wondering what Churches the Apostles are historically held to have founded, and in what places; and I'm also wondering who are the men historically held ...
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How did Jesus select the Apostles to witness the Transfiguration?

We read in Matthew, Mark and Luke how Jesus took Peter, James and John (last two being brothers) to witness the Transfiguration atop Mount Tabore. Peter would later be named the Rock on which Jesus' ...
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Is there a Church Tradition that the original Apostles were ever baptized?

I had been thinking about this, but since it isn't ever mentioned in the Bible, is there any teaching that says the original disciples and apostles were ever baptized?
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According to Catholicism, did the Apostles enjoy the prerogative of infalliblity?

According to Catholicism, did the Apostles enjoy the prerogative of infallibility? The doctrine of papal infallibility was defined by Pope Pius IX in 1870! Does the Catholic Church recognize that the ...
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St. Peter Speaking on Behalf of All the Apostles [closed]

Consider: (1) Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matt. 16:15-16.) (Italics added.) (2) Then Jesus said to ...
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Why question Paul's apostleship now

Lately it seems many are rejecting Saul/Paul as a legitimate apostle of Lord Jesus. I guess I'm trying to figure out if this is a new concept or a fairly old one.
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Did the Gnostics have apostolic succession?

It is often claimed that the Gnostics had apostolic succession. In particular, Clement of Alexandria is often used to show that the Gnostics claimed apostolic succession. Basilides, though he claims (...
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Was James the son of Alphaeus the presiding Apostle at the first Council held in Jerusalem?

I am reading The Upper Room by Bishop J.C. Ryle and I came to this passage that surprised me: James the son of Alphaeus was there, who had the honour of being the presiding Apostle at the first ...
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According to believers in the cessation of apostleship, who was the last apostle and why?

Who is usually considered to be the last apostle, according believers in the cessation of this church office? Why? Why would God no longer call more apostles after this person? Lastly, what are good ...
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Why do the successors of the Apostles do not carry the titles and dignity as apostles?

Why do the successors of the Apostles do not carry the titles and dignity as apostles? It seems that the apostles do not have the successors known in title and/or dignity as an apostle? Why is this?
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If someone is called by God to be an apostle, what is the proper way for them to convince others that their calling is genuine?

If person X is called by God to be an apostle, what should person X do next in order to convince others that their calling is genuine? What kind of evidence should person X provide to an audience of ...
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How do non-LDS believers in the modern restoration (or continuation) of the offices of apostle and prophet rebut GotQuestions.org's objections?

I'm specifically talking about the GotQuestions.org article Is God restoring the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today? A summary of the main arguments (in my own words) from the article ...
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Did the Early Church (ante-Nicene period) believe in the continuation or cessation of the office of Apostle?

What did the Apostolic Fathers, Ante-Nicene Fathers and the Ante-Nicene Church in general believe about the continuation of the office of Apostle? Were they cessationists or continuationists with ...
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What is an overview of Christian beliefs on the essential features and functions of an Apostle?

The following are examples of (possible) essential features and functions of an Apostle I've heard from different sources. An authentic Apostle ... Had to be called supernaturally by God Himself in ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

Short version How do Latter-day Saints (who believe in modern apostles) rebut Don Stewart's article Are There Still Apostles Today? ? Longer version I'll enumerate key points and include relevant ...
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Why didn't Polycarp mention John in his Epistle?

Polycarp is said to be a student of the Apostle John. Yet he never mentions it in his epistle, nor does he quote the Gospel of John. Why is that?
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Non-Christian scholars who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels

Modern scholarship tends to reject the attributed authorship of the gospels. But are there non-Christian scholars who believe in the attributed authorship?
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How did the Apostles cast lots in Acts 1?

What was the manner in which the apostles cast lots to make Matthias an apostle in Acts 1? And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles....
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What is the difference between an apostle and a missionary according to Pentecostal & Charismatic Christianity?

Scripturally speaking, we know that apostleship was one of the most important offices in the early Church: 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then ...
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What are the signs of a true apostle according to Latter-day Saints?

Inspired by an answer to a related question, I would like to ask: What are the signs of a true apostle according to Latter-day Saints? Note: I'm borrowing the expression "the signs of a true ...
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Do Latter-day Saints expect miracles from their Apostles to authenticate their callings?

2 Corinthians 12:11-12 (ESV): 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the modern continuation of the office of apostle?

What is the biblical basis for the belief held by some Christians that the office of apostle has not ceased, but has continued until this day? Relevant passages: 28 And God has appointed in the ...
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How do believers in modern-day apostles interpret 2 Corinthians 12:11-12?

2 Corinthians 12:11-12: 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The ...
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When was it claimed for the first time in Church history that the offices of apostle and prophet have ceased?

First, some context ... Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV): 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Paul was the last to be called to be an apostle?

Many Christians believe that the office of apostleship ended in the first century with the apostle Paul, and that after Paul there have not been any more people called by God/Jesus Himself (through ...
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What is the view of Reformed Protestantism on those who were 'numbered with' the apostles but did not, as did Paul, receive Peter's approbation?

Paul, alone, receives the strong approbation of Peter and obtains Peter's clear emphasis that Paul's writings are 'scripture : ... even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given ...
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Are there any denominations that believe in contemporary apostles, and if so, how is a person called to be an apostle according to them?

Not much to add to the title. Are there any denominations that believe that God is still calling people to be apostles today? If so, how does a person know for sure that they have been or are being ...
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How does Catholic Church reconcile the time of and the manner in which Jesus' resurrection was disclosed to Apostles?

We read in Mk 16:1-8, the the Angel's instruction to the women who visited the tomb of Jesus on the day of his Resurrection, and its outcome: When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary ...
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According to John 20:31, was John Writing His Gospel to Teach that Jesus was the Messiah, not God? [closed]

I am editing the question to make it more specific, since the original question was closed for being "off-topic" which I believe meant I was asking too broad a question. I am here looking ...
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Why aren't the Apostles called the Church Fathers?

If the traditional “Church Fathers' are from about 160-380 AD, why are they called the Church Fathers? The Church was started by Jesus and ministered by the apostles from the very beginning - teaching,...
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How did the early Christians and Apostles Get into the temple? Shouldn't they have been stoned by the Jews for preaching Jesus as God?

How did the early Christians and Apostles get into the temple? Shouldn't they have been stoned by the Jews for preaching Jesus as God? Acts 2:46-47 reads: "Every day they continued to meet ...
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What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified?

What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified? What I’ve heard is Peter was about the same age as Jesus (30-33), while John was an older teenage, approximately 18. This ...
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What's the difference between the Apostle's claims and the claims of others who started religious movements?

So I recently watched a documentary about a new age movement and felt a bit rattled by what I perceived to be some examples of peoples behaving in a way that undermines the common arguments for ...
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How did the Apostle Matthew die?

I see different sources of Apostle Matthew's death staked or impaled to the earth by spears and then beheaded killed by a sword wound natural death he angered a local king who ordered him nailed to a ...
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Is Paul an apostle? [duplicate]

Paul had not met Jesus in person. Jesus never preaches changes to Law. He comes to fulfill it. Jesus has completed the Father's will on earth. Why Paul then?
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Did the Apostles “worship Jesus” in Luke 24:52?

What is the correct reading of Luke 24:52 - did they worship Jesus? Latin Vulgate does not mention this and RSV puts this in footnotes. Luke 24:50-53 (NIV) 50 When he had led them out to the ...
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What are the Christian doctrines denied by the Igreja Maná (Mana Church), if any?

In the city where I live there's a church called Mana Church. I know they venerate (not to the level of God) the founder, Jorge Tadeu. This gives me chills because of Luke 4:8 [KJV] And Jesus ...
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What verses in the Bible indicate that Apostles expected Christ to come back very soon? [closed]

I heard somewhere that it is possible that the 12 Apostles, right after Christ's ascension, believed that His return would happen very soon, that is, even during their lifetime. What evidence do we ...
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Does Mary possess the episcopal dignity like that of a bishop to "lay hands" to confer the gifts of the Holy Spirit not possessed by ordinary priest? [duplicate]

In the Book of Acts the Sacraments of Confirmation of baptized Catholic were confer thru the episcopal powers of the Apostles who had received or bestowed upon the power of a Bishop. The ...
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According to Catholicism at the Upper Room, did the Apostles follow the tradition of laying of hands and pouring of oil like the prophet Samuel?

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brother, and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward." 1 Samuel 16:13 And Samuel words saying ...
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Did Mary lay her hands on all the Apostles in the Upper Room to pour out the Holy Spirit anointing?

Pentecost is the outpouring of graces or anointing coming from the Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church teaches that all graces comes only from the hands of Mary as Mediatrix of all graces. In the Old ...
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Did the apostles believe that God is unique, eternal, infinite, omnipotent, immutable, "simple", spirit, and personal?

I am pretty sure the Jewish Bible (OT) gives these characteristics to God. Examples. 1) God is unique: Is 45:18 2) God is infinite and omnipotent: Ps 135:5-6 3) God is eternal: Is 40:28 4) God ...
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How do proponents of Sola Scriptura address the ministry of those Apostles who authored no parts of Scripture?

My purpose is to find a defense of sola scriptura against one part of the argument put forth in this article: https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/going-beyond The author of the article ...
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Did the apostles teach ideas about God the Father that were contrary to the teachings of first century Judaism?

Early Christianity surely inherited theology from Judaism. In particular, at least some of God's characteristics as taught by Judaism. After all, Jesus and the apostles were Jews. Did they ever ...
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