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Apostles
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I. New Testament – II. Representations of the Apostles

I. New Testament

1. The term.

The verbal adjective ἀπόστολος/apóstolos (from apostéllein), as a term for being sent was also used in Greek substantivally, but was not a terminus technicus. Outside political contexts, it occurs rarely in philosophical texts. The roots of the NT concept lie in the OT and Judaism, where the verb שׁלח/šalaḥ plays an important role; the participle is rare, the noun is late and may not yet be pr…

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Hahn, Ferdinand and Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane, “Apostles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_00922>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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