who is cleofe featured on the bible in Luke 24:18?

After the resurrection of Christ he was on his way with a partner to Emmaus

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In the New Testament, "Cleophas" is the single English rendering of two men, who are in the Greek originals"Cleopas", an abbreviated form of Cleopatros, a commonplace Hellenistic name meaning "son of a renowned father", and the other "Clopas".

    "Cleopas" was one of the two disciples to whom the risen Lord appeared at Emmaus (Luke, xxiv, 18). Cleopas, with an unnamed disciple of Jesus are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day of Jesus' resurrection. Cleopas and his friend were discussing the events of the past few days when a stranger asked them what they spoke of. The stranger was asked to join Cleopas and his friend for the evening meal, and there the stranger revealed himself, after blessing and breaking the bread, as the resurrected Jesus and disappeared. Cleopas and his friend hastened to Jerusalem to carry the news to the other disciples, where Jesus subsequently appeared to them as well. The incident is without parallels in the synoptic gospels.

    Considering the importance of the event in the founding of Christianity it is extraordinary that, as the Catholic Encyclopedia states, there is no reliable data concerning him; his name is entered in the martyrology on the 25th of September nevertheless. (See the Bollandists' Acta Sanctorum, September, VII, 5ff.)

    "Clopas" is mentioned in Gospel of John xix, 25, where a Mary present at the Crucifixion is called Maria he tou Klopa. The official Roman Catholic explication is that she is "Mary the wife of Clopas:"

    "This name, Clopas, is thought by many to be the Greek transliteration of an Aramaic Alphaeus. This view is based on the identification of Mary, the mother of James etc. (Mark, xv, 40) with Mary, the wife of Clopas, and the consequent identity of Alphaeus, father of James (Mark, iii, 18), with Clopas. Etymologically, however, the identification of the two names offers serious difficulties: (1) Although the letter Heth is occasionally rendered in Greek by Kappa at the end and in the middle of words, it is very seldom so in the beginning, where the aspirate is better protected; examples of this, however, are given by Levy (Sem. Fremdwörter in Griech.); but (2) even if this difficulty was met, Clopas would suppose an Aramaic Halophai, not Halpai. (3) The Syriac versions have rendered the Greek Clopas with a Qoph, not with a Heth, as they would have done naturally had they been conscious of the identity of Clopas and Halpai; Alphaeus is rendered with Heth (occasionally Aleph). For these reasons, others see in Clopas a substitute for Cleopas, with the contraction of eo into w. In Greek, it is true, eo is not contracted into w, but a Semite, borrowing a name did not necessarily follow the rules of Greek contraction. In fact, in Mishnic Hebrew the name Cleopatra is rendered by Clopatra, and hence the Greek Cleopas might be rendered by Clopas. See also, Chabot, "Journ. Asiat.", X, 327 (1897). Even if, etymologically, the two names are different they may have been borne by one name, and the question of the identity of Alphaeus and Clopas is still open. If the two persons are distinct, then we know nothing of Clopas beyond the fact recorded in St. John; if, on the contrary, they are identified, Clopas' personality is or may be closely connected with the history of the brethren of the Lord and of James the Less."

    — Catholic Encyclopedia, "Cleophas"

    More infor at the following website explained in detail.

    Emmaus is the name of a place in Palestine that has proven important in Christian teachings. Named in Luke 24:13, Emmaus is a village in the country, located at sixty stadia (7.5 miles) or one hundred and sixty stadia (19.5 miles) from Jerusalem, depending on the biblical version.

    Jesus in Emmaus

    The Bible references that Jesus was seen in Emmaus, the very day of the resurrection, after Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and after Peter and John ran to the tomb only to find it empty (John:20). While two disciples (including Cleopas) are walking along the Emmaus road, Jesus appears to them and begins interacting with them. When they reach the village of Emmaus, the disciples ask Jesus to stay with them to eat as he seemed willing to walk on. After he prays and breaks the bread, they recognize him, and he disappears. Then they come back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples about it, and while they share their excitement Jesus appears once again. (Luke:24, John:20). This event has been portrayed by numerous artists.

  • 1 decade ago

    He was one of the disciples(not apostles) of Christ and that was a common name at the time of Jesus so a sort of everyman

  • 1 decade ago

    he was not a deciple he was a he was a prophet. just look it up

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