Holy Week: Theories That Confirm Jesus Had More Than 12 Apostles

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The most famous representation of the Apostles: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

  • author, Edison Vega
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The study of biblical texts is a dangerous field. Essentially, after 2000 years, the known stories come with layers of interpretation built on faith.

But many contemporary scholars argue that the idea that Jesus had 12 apostles is symbolic and not an accurate account or close to the truth.

It is the reconstruction of the life of Jesus that helped to trace the hierarchy within the community of the first Christians.

“On the question of the 12 (Apostles): I would say that there is a strong tendency to believe that. It is a symbolic representation of the 12 tribes of Israel, based on the 12 sons of Jacob. (family clans of the ancient Hebrew people), or even in other traditions,” says historian Andre Leonardo Cevitares, professor at the History Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and author of several books on the life of Jesus. Nazareth.

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