Category Archives: Apostles

Did the Apostles Die as Martyrs? – A short video from Sean McDowell

The video lasts only 2:37.

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The Ancient Church Saw the New Testament as the Apostolic Writings

This is a subsidiary post of Apostolicity and the New Testament. This post is designed to accumulate the evidence that the ancient church, in producing the New Testament, was distinguishing genuine apostolic writings from all other Christian writings.  Though many … Continue reading

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A Sub-Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century and Prior Works

This is a subsidiary post of Annotated Bibliography on New Testament Text and Canon. Because my bibliography on text and canon (“apostolic apologetics”) is so long, and because older works have particular advantages and disadvantages, I thought it might be … Continue reading

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The Terms “Prophets” and “Apostles” as Applied to Writings

This is a subsidiary post of The Study of Canon and the Etymology of Certain Terms. In the New Testament, we can see the term “prophets” used as a reference to their writings – that is, the Old Testament (e.g., Luke … Continue reading

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Jason Engwar on the Deaths Of The Apostles

Jason Engwar is building a series on the how the apostles died.  He seems to be a responsible and thorough researcher. Triablogue: The Death Of The Apostles.

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Defining Apostolicity

This is a subsidiary post of Apostolicity and the New Testament. Campenhausen, Hans von.  The Formation of the Christian Bible.  trans. J. A. Baker.  Augsburg Fortress, 1972; Sigler Press, 1997 edition.  See p. 330. “So far as any ‘principle’ can … Continue reading

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Apostolicity and the New Testament

The New Testament is what the ancient considered to be the extant apostolic corpus.  That is, they only put writings from apostles (and working associates of apostles) into the New Testament, and they left no such documents out of it. … Continue reading

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The “Prophets and Apostles” as a Synonym for Bible

This is a subsidiary post of Apostolicity and the New Testament. It is also a subsidiary post of The Term “Apostles” as Applied to Writings. [Emphasis added in quotes below] Justin Martyr (100-165) “…and the memoirs of the apostles or … Continue reading

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Josephus on the Old Testament Canon

Flavius Josephus (37-100 AD) was a Jewish historian.  Although he did not use the words “Old Testament” or “canon,” he certainly spoke of the concepts.  His view is relevant for us because he is describing how 1st-century Jews thought of … Continue reading

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Serapion on the Apostles, Their Authority, and Their Writings

Serapion died c. 211 AD.  He was the 8th bishop of Antioch and served in that role c. 190-211. He spoke against Marcion and against the so-called Gospel of Peter. Of the apostles, Serapion said: For we, brethren, receive both Peter and … Continue reading

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