QUESTION on 1 Corinthians 15:3-5:

“3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters[c] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. ”

Where do you think he got his information from especially on the 500?  Many say it could only have come from Peter or James or else he made it up, which would be odd.


It’s a great question, and as with many great questions, I don’t think there’s a great answer.   There are several things we can say.   Paul did know both Peter and James, and so presumably they told him that they had had visions of Jesus.   He knew lots of other Christians who either were Christians before he was or who knew Christians who were Christians before he was.   Or who were later Christians who had heard stories that were allegedly told by Christians who were Christians before he was.

My sense is that *any* of these sources could have been his sources of information, and there is no way to evaluate why one of these sources has a better claim to being *the* source from any other source.

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