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Apostleship
Apostle • Apostles • Gift of Apostleship
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Apostleship
Apostle, Apostleship. Official designation given to certain leading individuals in the NT churches. Apostleship is the more comprehensive term denoting the functions of the one who serves in such a capacity. Questions concerning origin, function, and history of the NT apostolate are much-debated; one
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Apostle, Apostleship
APOSTLE, APOSTLESHIP Official designation given to certain leading individuals in the NT churches. Apostleship is the more comprehensive term, denoting the functions of the one who serves in such a capacity. Questions concerning origin, function, and history of the NT apostolate are much debated; one
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Financial Support
Financial supportPaul’s letters have more to say about the financial support of ministers and fundraising in the church than any other part of the NT. In 1 Corinthians 9 and 2 Corinthians 11–12 Paul explains why he refuses the financial support that is his right as an apostle; and, in his letter to
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Apostle, Apostleship
Apostle, ApostleshipThe term apostle refers, for the most part, to the Twelve plus Paul (and Barnabas) in the literature covered by this dictionary. The Didache and 1–3 John provide some evidence of itinerants other than these who could be called apostles, some orthodox and some heterodox. The main
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Apostle
Apostle, Apostleship. Biblical use of apostle is almost entirely confined to the NT, where it occurs seventy-nine times: ten in the Gospels, twenty-eight in Acts, thirty-eight in the Epistles, and three in the Apocalypse. Our English word transliterates the Greek apostolos, derived from apostellein (to
Key passages
Lk 6:13–16

And when day came, he summoned his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon (whom he also named Peter) and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the …

Ro 1:1

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Ro 1:5

through whom we have received grace and apostleship for the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name,

1 Co 1:1

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

1 Co 4:9–13

For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as condemned to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to people. We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, but we are dishonored! …