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Apostle, Apostolate
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In the NT the term “apostle” denotes someone who is sent. “Apostolate” designates the task and authority of an apostle.

1. History of the Term “Apostle”

In pre-Christian Greek the word apostolos relates to the act of sending or to an object that is sent. The idea of a person who is sent is rare in classical Greek; in the papyri it occurs later. There the emphasis on someone who is commissioned suggests a l…

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Karrer, Martin, “Apostle, Apostolate”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A512>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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