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1 Corinthians 15:6

    1 Corinthians 15:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    After that, he was seen of above five hundred brothers at once; of whom the greater part remain to this present, but some are fallen asleep.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    then he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain until now, but some are fallen asleep;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then by more than five hundred brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, but some are sleeping;

    Webster's Revision

    then he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain until now, but some are fallen asleep;

    World English Bible

    Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    then he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain until now, but some are fallen asleep;

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:6

    Above five hundred brethren at once - This was probably in Galilee, where our Lord had many disciples. See Matthew 28:16. What a remarkable testimony is this to the truth of our Lord's resurrection! Five hundred persons saw him at one time; the greater part of whom were alive when the apostle wrote, and he might have been confronted by many if he had dared to assert a falsity.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:6

    Above five hundred brethren at once - More than 500 Christians or followers of Jesus at one time. This was probably in Galilee, where the Lord Jesus had spent the greater part of his public ministry, and where he had made most disciples. The place, however, is not designated, and, of course, cannot be known. It is remarkable that this fact is omitted by all the evangelists; but why they should have omitted so remarkable a proof of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, is unknown. There is a slight circumstance hinted at in Matthew 28:10, which may throw some light on this passage. After his resurrection, Jesus said to the women who were at the sepulchre, "Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me." And in 1 Corinthians 15:16 it is said, "The eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them." Jesus had spent most of his public life in Galilee. He had made most of his disciples there.

    It was proper, therefore, that those disciples, who would, of course, hear of his death, should have some public confirmation of the fact that he had risen. It is very probable, also, that the eleven who went down into Galilee after he rose would apprize the brethren there of what had been said to them, that Jesus would meet them on a certain mountain; and it is morally certain that they who had followed him in so great numbers in Galilee would be drawn together by the report that the Lord Jesus, who had been put to death, was about to be seen there again alive. Such is human nature, and such was the attachment of these disciples to the Lord Jesus, that it is morally certain a large concourse would assemble on the slightest rumor that such an occurrence was to happen. Nothing more would be necessary anywhere to draw a concourse of people than a rumor that one who was dead would appear again; and in this instance, where they ardently loved him, and when, perhaps, many believed that he would rise, they would naturally assemble in great numbers to see him once more. One thing is proved by this, that the Lord Jesus had many more disciples than is generally supposed. If there were five hundred who could be assembled at once in a single part of the land where he had preached, there is every reason to suppose that there were many more in other parts of Judea.

    The greater part remain unto this present - Are now alive, and can be appealed to, in proof that they saw him. What more conclusive argument for the truth of his resurrection could there be than that 500 persons had seen him, who had been intimately acquainted with him in his life, and who had become his followers? If the testimony of 500 could not avail to prove his resurrection, no number of witnesses could. And if 500 people could thus be deceived, any number could; and it would be impossible to substantiate any simple matter of fact by the testimony of eye-witnesses.

    But some are fallen asleep - Have died. This is the usual expression employed in the Scripture to describe the death of saints. It denotes:

    (1) The calmness and peace with which, they die, like sinking into a gentle sleep;

    (2) The hope of a resurrection, as we sink to sleep with the expectation of again awaking; see the John 11:11 note; 1 Corinthians 11:30 note.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:6

    15:6 Above five hundred - Probably in Galilee. A glorious and incontestable proof! The greater part remain - Alive.