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Ascension of Jesus Christ
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According to the longer ending of Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:9–11, Jesus was carried up to heaven after having appeared on earth for a certain length of time after his resurrection (Acts alone specifies 40 days). Acts, which offers the most detailed narrative, describes Jesus rising and disappearing in a cloud and the appearance of two men in white who ask the apostles why they are gazin…

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Jensen, Robin M., “Ascension of Jesus Christ”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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