Category Archives: Research

Sabbatum Excerpt: Who Did Luke Think Jesus Was?


Luke indicates his views about Jesus in a speech attributed to Peter on the day of Pentecost – the first point at which Luke reports preaching about Jesus after his exaltation. In addition to the image of Jesus baptizing in the Spirit (which Lk 3:16 presumably derives from “Q”), in Acts 2:33 Jesus “pours out” the Spirit, a clear allusion to God pouring out the Spirit in 2:17-18 (the only other passage in Luke-Acts that uses ekcheo). Jewish texts also speak of God pouring out wisdom (Sir 1:9) as his gift (Sir 1:10; cf. Acts 2:38). But the most obvious source of the language, in view of the allusion to Acts 2:17-18, is Joel 2:28-29, where God pours out the Spirit.

Moreover, Peter interprets the name of the “Lord” (the divine name in Hebrew) in terms of Jesus of Nazareth in Acts 2:21, 38 (interpreting Joel 2:32 by way of Ps 110:1). By concluding that the gift of the Spirit was available to “as many as God would call,” Luke clearly echoes the end of Joel 2:32 (3:5 LXX), completing the quotation interrupted in Acts 2:21. That is, having finished his exposition of “whoever calls on the Lord’s name” (2:21) by showing that the name on which they must call is Jesus’ (2:38), he concludes the quotation in 2:39. The salvific name of God, then, is “Jesus.” That other early Christians interpreted the Joel text similarly in the 50s (Joel 2:32 in Rom 10:9, 13) signals that Luke follows an earlier tradition of interpretation.


Craig S. Keener, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels (Grand Rapids, MI: William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009), 279.

Seminary Scholarship


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Free e-Book Giveaways: Cold-Case Christianity by Jim Wallace


Davic C. Cook Books is giving away the Cold-Case Christianity by Jim Wallace. He was a former L.A. County homicide detective and former atheist who embarks in a journey to disapprove Christianity. In his investigative journey, he uses the same skills and strategies to resolve the criminal investigation of the the cold cases. All his investigative findings and evidences lead him to abandon his atheism and believe the gospel accounts of Jesus Christ. Continue reading Free e-Book Giveaways: Cold-Case Christianity by Jim Wallace

Sabbatum Excerpt: Tim Keller on Evil and Suffering


“It is only in the past 200 years, Keller argues, that Westerners have used evil and sufferings as an argument against the existence (or goodness) of God. He is especially critical of the modern and secular view of suffering., which places all confidence in human reason and assumes that God, if he exists at all, exists solely to make us happy. This view helps explain why so many people avoid suffering at all costs, do their best to manage and minimize it once it interrupts their lives, and often held to utter hopelessness when it persists. In the end, a secular view leaves us empty and alone, stripped of answers, devoid of all comfort and confidence.”

Source:
Sittser, Gerald L. “Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Tim Keller Shows Us How to Endure Suffering without Losing Hope.” Rev. of Walking with God through Pain and SufferingChristianity Today Jan.-Feb. 2014: 62-63. Print.