by Patrick Henry Reardon
It is instructive to compare and contrast the closing scenes of Jesus' earthly presence as they are presented in Luke/Acts and Matthew. The scenes are similar in that both depict Jesus' final meeting with the group known as the Eleven (hoi Hendeka, Matt. 28:16 and Luke 24:33). Connected with each presentation, likewise, is an evangelical mandate (Matt. 28:19–20; Luke 24:46–47; Acts 1:8). In both cases, the Eleven prostrate themselves before Jesus (proskyneo, Matt. 28:17 and Luke 24:52). Another similarity is that . . .
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