:o That’s what happens when I answer in a rush because I have to dash off. Later, when I reread your post and my response, I wanted to delete my post, or at least that part of it, but of course, it was way to late to do so.
No I can’t and I’m not interested. What would be the point? I’m not a literalist.
The “point” is that whenever the number 12 is used in the gospels in reference to Jesus’ followers, it means the 12 apostles - the 12 who were chosen/appointed by Jesus and whose 12 names are recorded in a couple of the gospels.
And I do know that numbers are often used symbolically or non-literally in Scripture, but the number 12, when used in the gospels in reference to the disciples, is not one of those instances.
Timothy and others have a much better grasp of the historical context.
BTW our pastor is a scripture scholar and his take is along the lines of Tim’s… that it would be expected to have others around.
And there are probably other Scripture scholars who have an even better grasp of the historical context than Timothy or you who would disagree with that interpretation.
I asked earlier for some sort of support for your and Timothy’s interpretation - support in Church documents, Scripture, writings of early Church fathers and/or saints, etc. Neither of you have given one single citation.
My biggest objection is that you present your interpretation as fact!!! - not opinion/speculation. And the only basis you offer for that assertion is your personal rationale - and “grasp of the historical context”.