By Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan initiates this forty-volume statement sequence together with his paintings on Acts. This remark, like every one within the sequence, is designed to serve the church--through relief in preaching, educating, examine teams, and so forth--and reveal the continued 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 serious mass of theologians and biblical students has all started to reassert the concern of a theological analyzing of Scripture.

The Brazos Theological statement at the Bible sequence enlists top 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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BDAG 837, 1081; PGL 1l04-5, 1518-19. 17. ODCC1253-54, 32l. 18. Chrysostom, Homilies on Acts 4 (NPNP 11:26). 19. Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed 9 (CCF 1:163). 52 2:22-23 ACT S expressly of "other tongues" (tTtpuu, yi\woouu,) (2:4), apparendy meaning the languages spoken by the Parthian Jews, Arabian Jews, and all the others. But at 2:8 the word is "we hear, each of us" (aKOlJOf1£V £KUOTO,,), which suggests the appearance here not of a polyglot congregation but of the phenomenon of glossalalia familiar from the experience of the Christian community in Corinth (1 Cor.

15:54-55), early Christian baptismal practice (1 Cor. 15:29), and analogies from nature (1 Cor. 15:37-42), but chronicles the appearances of the resurrected Christ, whether this chronicling is intended as historical evidence or not (726:26): "He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to lames, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me" (1 Cor.

On "sober drunkenness," see Lewy 1929. " and who replied, "No, we have never even heard that some have received the Holy Spirit" (or even, as in the AV and RSV, "No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit"). When they received Christian baptism "in the name of the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins" (722:16) in place of the baptism ofJohn (719:2-3), and when Paul laid his hand on them (76:6), "the Holy Spirit fell on them, and they spoke in tongues and interpreted them themselves and prophesied" (19:6 TPR).

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