Apostles – Cultural Ambassadors?

Ok, I have a question…

I have heard from several sources in recent years that the word Apostle in Roman times is to be understood as a cultural ambassador.  I actually like the concept, but am still a bit cautious… is this really what the original audience understood?

I can see from a little homework that an Apostle may be a cultural ambassador, & certainly it was used in some situations of colonization during the Greek empire.  But I don’t see that as being the primary meaning in the time of Jesus.

I am not knocking the teaching… if that is the emphasis that the Holy Spirit is revealing for this time, then bring it on.  But I guess I get a little cautious when I hear some teachers continuing to emphasize an idea which doesn’t seem to be the primary meaning.


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