A FEW DAYS after the return of Jesus and the twelve to Magadan from
Jerusalem, Abner and a group of some fifty disciples arrived from
Bethlehem. At this time there were also assembled at Magadan Camp the evangelistic corps, the women's corps, and about one hundred and fifty other true and tried disciples from all parts of
Palestine. After devoting a few days to visiting and the reorganization of the camp, Jesus and the twelve began a course of intensive training for this special group of believers, and from this well-trained and experienced aggregation of disciples the Master subsequently chose the seventy teachers and sent them forth to proclaim the
gospel of the kingdom. This regular instruction began on Friday, November 4, and continued until Sabbath, November 19.
Jesus gave a talk to this company each morning. Peter taught methods of public preaching;
Nathaniel instructed them in the art of teaching;
Thomas explained how to answer questions; while
Matthew directed the organization of their group finances. The other
apostles also participated in this training in accordance with their special experience and natural talents.
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