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When did the Ascension take place?

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05/12/2011

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The apostle Paul seems to have believed that the resurrection of Jesus and his ascension to heaven were the same event. For him, the risen Jesus did not appear on earth in the flesh.

Luke's Gospel says that the ascension of Jesus took place on the road to Bethany on the evening of his resurrection.

Acts of the Apostles, by the same author as Luke but written somewhat later, says that the ascension took place forty days after the resurrection of Jesus.