By Jaroslav Pelikan
Jaroslav Pelikan initiates this forty-volume remark sequence together with his paintings on Acts. This statement, like every one within the sequence, is designed to serve the church--through relief in preaching, instructing, research teams, and so forth--and reveal the ongoing highbrow and useful viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.
Pastors and leaders of the classical church--such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley--interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as an entire witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. smooth interpreters of the Bible wondered this premise. yet in contemporary many years, a severe mass of theologians and biblical students has all started to reassert the concern of a theological examining of Scripture.
The Brazos Theological statement at the Bible sequence enlists prime theologians to learn and interpret Scripture for the twenty-first century, simply because the church fathers, the Reformers, and different orthodox Christians did for his or her instances and locations.
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L l In the third century, Cyprian of Carthage strung together in his Testimonies hundreds of passages that he explained in accordance with the rule of faith, as the risen Christ had commanded. 12 And in the fourth century, Athanasius employed this normative hermeneutic to expound key passages of Scripture in defending the Nicene faith against Arianism. 13 . . . Which, he said, you heard from my mouth. Within the narrower context of Luke-Acts, "the promise of the Father which you heard from my mouth" here refers explicitly to passages such as Luke 12: 12, "the Holy Spirit will teach you," and it anticipates the account of Pentecost in the following chapter (-72: 1).
33 Harnack, whom "no one could accuse ... of any prejudice whatsoever in favor of either orthodox theology or traditional views in the realm of biblical criticisrn"34-or, for that matter, in the realm of ecclesiastical dogma-nevertheless affirms the traditional identification in his Luke the Physician, arguing at least partly on the basis of the medical vocabulary in the Gospel and in Acts, in which he found evidence of the professional knowledge and training of a physician. 35 And the traditional identification-"the author of the two-volume work is probably Luke the physician (Col.
36 35. Beardslee 1960-6l. 36. Boismard 2000, 59. 47 ACTS 2 "And in the Holy Spirit": The Fullness of the Church • • When the day of Pentecost was fully come. The afftrmative articles of the Nicene Creed of325 conclude with the words "and in the Holy Spirit," with no further explanation.! 17tATJpoua8at, but which does not come through as explicitly 1. 2. 3. 4. 48 Nicene Creed 8 (CCF1:159). Ouspensky and Lossky 1999, 200. Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed 8 (CCF 1:163). Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed 2,9-12 (CCF 1:163).
Acts by Jaroslav Pelikan