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By Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan initiates this forty-volume statement sequence along with his paintings on Acts. This statement, like each one within the sequence, is designed to serve the church--through reduction in preaching, educating, learn teams, and so forth--and exhibit the ongoing highbrow and sensible 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. glossy interpreters of the Bible puzzled this premise. yet in fresh many years, a severe mass of theologians and biblical students has started to reassert the concern of a theological studying of Scripture.

The Brazos Theological observation 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 areas.

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In dazzling apparel" in Luke's telling of the Easter story (Luke 24:4), these were not "men" at all, but angels (-712:7). "He Went Up, He Is Coming Again": Ascension and Second Coming '-This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. 11. Irenaeus, On the Apostolic Preaching 3-6 (SVS 41-44). 12. Cyprian, Testimonies (ANF 5:507-57). 13. Athanasius, Discourses against the Arians 1-3 (NPNP 4:303-432). 41 ACT S 1:11 In the Epistles of Saint Paul, when they are compared with the Gospels, the resurrection of Christ and the ascension of Christ sometimes seem to be conflated.

Had not yet fallen on any of them" (8:15-16). The words of Peter, "just as on us at the beginning," suggest that the freedom of the Holy Spirit to "blow where it wills" Oohn 3:8) is often implied even in places where the verb rrLrrTElV ("to fall") is not being employed, as particularly here in the account of Pentecost. 15 The range of that freedom of the Spirit is also the theological presupposition for the varieties of how Christians have experienced conversion, whether they were instantaneously "born anew" Oohn 3:3) or "were persuaded" (ErrElo6T]ouv) 13.

44 ACTS 1:14 As part of the typological interpretation of the Old Testament (78:3031), there developed a parallelism between the First and the Second Eve, corresponding to the parallelism in the Pauline Epistles between the First and theSecondAdam(Rom. 5:12-15; 1 Cor. 15:21-22):25 Eve sinned by voluntarily disobeying the word of God (Gen. 3: 1-6); Mary believed and obeyed it by her voluntary declaration, "Let it be to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38). By the time this parallelism between Eve and Mary became explicit and was written down, which happened sometime in the second century,26 it was not being proposed as a novelty or argued as a point of controversy, but appears to be taken for granted as a topic with which readers could be expected to be already familiar.

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