When, Where and to Whom?

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What is the topic? We’re looking at the post resurrection appearances of Jesus to the Apostles and disciples. There are many links available on the Internet that address this topic and it is indeed interesting and insightful to see some of differing perspectives that are showcased.

You will note that most of the links that I’ve listed (which are admittedly just a small sample of what is available) identify at least 10 appearances with 12 or 13 appearances being identified in most of the sources that I looked at. I also included Augustine’s listing of 10 appearances at the bottom which goes back to the 4th century C.E. as an interesting comparison. If you’re looking only at the Gospels, then the Apostle Paul’s confirmation that he saw Jesus on the road to Damascus, is obviously not listed, as it is first mentioned in Acts as recorded by Luke. What is important to note is the diversity of the appearances and the strength of these testimonies that validate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

I will provide the list as composed by J. Warner Wallace (coldcasechristianity.com) which correlates pretty well with the common consensus, directly below and I encourage you to read through his complete post on this subject, which is the first link provided in this post.

1. Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden shortly after His Resurrection. (Mark 16:9; John 20:11-18)
2. Jesus appeared to the women returning from the empty tomb. (Matthew 28:8-10)
3. Jesus appeared to two disciples (Cleopas and another) on the road to Emmaus. (Mark 16:12,13; Luke 24:13-35)
4. Jesus appeared to Peter. (Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:5)
5. Jesus appeared to his disciples, in Jerusalem, while Thomas was absent. (Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23)
6. Jesus again appeared to his disciples, in Jerusalem. This time Thomas was present. (John 20:24-29)
7. Jesus appeared to his disciples (Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons and two other of his disciples), on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1,2)
8. Jesus was seen by 500 believers at one time. (1 Corinthians 15:6)
9. Jesus appeared to James. (1 Corinthians 15:7)
10. Jesus appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. (Matthew 28:16-20)
11. Jesus appeared to the believers in Jerusalem for forty days after the Resurrection. (Acts 1:1-11)
12. Jesus appeared to His disciples, blessed them, and ascended into heaven. (Luke 24:50-53)
13. Jesus also appeared to Paul, on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8)

https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-evidentially-diverse-resurrection-appearances-of-jesus-free-bible-insert/

https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/resurrection/the-sequence-of-christs-post-resurrection-appearances/

https://studyingprayer.com/2013/04/02/13-post-resurrection-appearances-of-jesus-with-pictures/

https://bibleview.org/en/Bible/Easter/500People/

https://bobtheberean.blogspot.com/2009/05/10-appearances-of-jesus-after-his.html

http://biblocality.com/forums/showthread.php?662-How-many-times-did-Jesus-appear-after-His-resurrection

http://factsandfaith.com/the-witnesses-who-and-how-many-people-saw-jesus-alive-after-his-crucifixion/

https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-evidence-for-jesus-resurrection_28.html

https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-evidence-for-jesus-resurrection_29.html

https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/p/the-evidence-for-jesus-resurrection.html

Augustine

http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1602.htm   and in particular http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1602325.htm

Augustine – 83. Consequently, in the four evangelists we find mention made of ten distinct appearances of the Lord to different persons after His resurrection. First, to the women near the sepulchre. Secondly, to the same women as they were on the way returning from the sepulchre. Thirdly, to Peter. Fourthly, to the two who were going to the place in the country. Fifthly, to the larger number in Jerusalem, when Thomas was not present. Sixthly, on the occasion when Thomas saw Him. Seventhly, by the sea of Tiberias. Eighthly, on the mountain in Galilee, of which Matthew speaks. Ninthly, at the time to which Mark refers in the words, “Lastly, as they sat at meat,” thereby intimating that now they were no more to eat with Him upon the earth. Tenthly, on the same day, not now indeed upon the earth, but lifted up in the cloud, as He ascended into heaven, as Mark and Luke record. This last appearance, indeed, is introduced by Mark, directly after he has told us how the Lord showed Himself to them as they sat at meat. For his narrative goes on connectedly as follows: “So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven.” Luke, on the other hand, omits all that may have passed between Him and His disciples during the forty days, and, after giving the history of the first day of His resurrection-life, when He showed Himself to the larger number in Jerusalem, he silently connects therewith the closing day on which He ascended up into heaven. His statement proceeds in this form: “And He led them out as far as to Bethany; and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them; and it came to pass, that while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” Thus, therefore, besides seeing Him upon the earth, they beheld Him also as He was borne up into heaven. So many times, then, is He reported in the evangelical books to have been seen by different individuals, previous to His completed ascension into heaven, namely, nine times upon the earth, and once in the air as He was ascending.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

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3 comments on “When, Where and to Whom?
  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow thanks for the leg work and sharing links with the leg work as I never actually sat down and counted how many post-Resurrection appearances occurred and recorded in the Gospel

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