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Apostle/Disciple
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Apostolos (ἀπόστολος) is a term not much used in Greek literature, meaning “messenger, ambassador, or envoy,” a natural derivation from the verb apostellein, “to send off” (Liddell/Scott, s.v). It occurs only once in the Septuagint (3 Kings 14:6) in the sense of “one sent” with a message. Its 80-fold usage in the New Testament would therefore be somewhat surprising to the initial listeners to and readers of the…

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Dunn, James D.G., “Apostle/Disciple”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_eeco_SIM_00000241>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827



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