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By Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan initiates this forty-volume remark sequence together with his paintings on Acts. This statement, like each one within the sequence, is designed to serve the church--through reduction in preaching, instructing, learn teams, and so forth--and exhibit 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 fresh a long time, a severe mass of theologians and biblical students has started to reassert the concern of a theological interpreting of Scripture.

The Brazos Theological statement at the Bible sequence enlists major 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 occasions and locations.

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48 Such comparison suggested, for example, a significant distinctiveness in its treatment of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. 49 Among the other issues in the debate is its allegedly antifeminist (-718:24-26b) prejudice. 50 In place of the tag Western Text, however, it could, with much greater justification, be labeled textus a patribus receptus ("text accepted by church fathers"), and it will be so designated here (with the abbreviation TPR), because, as a leading investigator of it says: It is of great importance also that most of the earliest Church Fathers who quote the NT reflect the "Western" text substantially; such as Marcion, Tatian (= Diatessaron), Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Cyprian.

50 In place of the tag Western Text, however, it could, with much greater justification, be labeled textus a patribus receptus ("text accepted by church fathers"), and it will be so designated here (with the abbreviation TPR), because, as a leading investigator of it says: It is of great importance also that most of the earliest Church Fathers who quote the NT reflect the "Western" text substantially; such as Marcion, Tatian (= Diatessaron), Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Cyprian. Ephraem of Syria (4th century) is a notable witness for Acts ....

As the Lord Jesus Christ Himself Instructed Us": The Gospel of the Forty Days _ • • He chose the apostles through the Holy Spirit and commanded the preaching of the gospel, ... O"LAeluc; TOU Seoul. "3 Ultimately; these three authorities were in fact a single authority: the Holy Scriptures as Christ had interpreted and fulfilled them according to the tradition (-H6:4b). '~ the Lord Jesus Christ himself instructed us," therefore, did not refer only to the four Gospels, but also to this "gospel of the forty days" of "teaching the doctrines about the kingdom of God," just as there was believed to be an oral Torah given to Moses on Mount Sinai alongside the written Torah.

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