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By Jaroslav Pelikan

The SCM Theological observation sequence at the Bible is a groundbreaking sequence that recovers classical theological observation for the twenty first century church. The commentaries presuppose the doctrinal culture of the Christian church as a residing and trustworthy foundation for exegesis and are born out of the conviction that dogma clarifies instead of obscures.

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But all the textual traditions, not only the TPR, read that way at several other places: "While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit fell on [ErrErrEOEv] all who heard the word" (10:44); again, in the words of Peter: ''As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning" (11:15); earlier, too: "the Holy Spirit ... 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.

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me" (1 Cor. 15:5-8). But this catalog does not make any distinction of kind, only a distinction of time, between all those appearances before the ascension and the one to Paul on the road to Damascus (79: 1-4), which came afrer the ascension, followed as this appearance was also by other appearances of the risen Christ throughout the narrative of Acts (716:9). By contrast, the chronological sequence of Luke's "unsentimental, almost uncannily austere" 15 narrative, like the chronological sequence of the eventual creeds (78:37), clearly distinguishes between them.

35 And the traditional identification-"the author of the two-volume work is probably Luke the physician (Col. 4:14)"36-persists in the scholarly literature. But Henry J. " According to a considerably later tradition, Luke, who is commemorated in both the Eastern and Western liturgical calendars on October 18, was not only a physician and the patron saint of physicians, but one of the first Christian iconographers and the patron saint of iconographers. 39 This identification was an application of the widely held belief that "above all Mary, mother of Jesus, may be regarded as the principal source, more or less indirect, for the account of the infancy of the Savior"40 that is found in the first two chapters 32.

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