[quote="billcu1, post:1, topic:334028"]
I have read in the scriptures that Jesus had 72 disciples in his outer circle. Is there any record of them? We all know the 12 apostles/disciples but what of these 72?
Luke 10:1 reports that Jesus appointed 70 others...what is Jesus doing? Setting up the new priesthood...not like the Levitical priesthood which was established AFTER the golden calf but the priesthood set up by the Lord in Ex 24 in ratification of the Covenant with Moses BEFORE the golden calf incident. Moses went up with the 3....Aaron the high priest and his sons the brothers Nadab and Abihu. An altar with 12 pillars from the 12 tribes of Israel was built and certain young men from each tribe were sent to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls as peace offerings...and only "priests" could offer sacrifice and the 70 elders of Israel.
We see the parallel that Jesus is setting up as he establishes his new priesthood and to gather the tribes of Israel around himself.
Moses was a type of Jesus the heavenly high priest. Moses's inner circle of Aaron and brothers Nadab and Abihu parallels the New Kingdom's priest, Peter and the brothers James and John...who also went up a mountain and beheld God's glory in the Transfiguration. And Peter is the new earthly high priest. The twelve tribes of Israel who offered sacrifices parallels the 12 apostles. And the 70 elders that were chosen to beheld the God of Israel parallel the 70 chosen disciples who were "annointed" and set out to preach and heal the sick.
The priesthood of bishop, priest and deacon finds its roots in the Old Testament. While there isn't a list of them, we can find some names throughout Acts that leads one to figure which ones might have been included.