John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:8 - 15:8

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1Co 15:8. Ἒσχατον δὲ πάντων) and last of all, or rather, after them all, in order to exclude himself. Also after Stephen, Deu 31:27; Deu 31:29.-ἔσχατον τοῦ θανάτου μου, κ.τ.λ. after my death. [The appearances, that afterwards followed are not excluded by this expression, Act 23:11.-V. g.]-ὡσπερεὶ τῷ ἐκτρώματι, as by the abortion [one born out of due time]) The LXX., ἐκτρώμα, Num 12:12. The article is emphatic. Paul applies to himself alone this denomination in reference to the circumstances of the appearance, and in reference to the present time of writing. What ἐκτρώμα, an abortion, is among children, he says, I am among the apostles; and by this one word he sinks himself lower than in any other way. As an abortion is not worthy of the name of man, so the apostle declares that he is not worthy of the name of apostle. The metaphor, is drawn from the same idea from which the term regeneration is used, 1Pe 1:3 [Begotten again-by the resurrection of Jesus, etc.]; εἰ in ὡσπερεὶ somewhat softens the phrase: as if; he shows that this ought not to be pressed too far.-κᾀμόι, by me also) This word is elegantly placed at the end of the period.