(Hopefully this post can serve as something like a model for future posts.)  

Proposal: Luke wants us to understand that Jesus taught the Scriptures from a radical Christ-centered approach that shaped apostolic gospel declaration.   

Luke 24 concludes the gospel according to Luke. The road to Emmaus narrative is quite amazing (Lk. 24:1-35). Luke features some great insights before ch. 24 of Jesus’ amazing understanding of the Scriptures (Lk. 2:46-47; 4:16-22; 11:29-32; 20:17-18, 34-44). Then when Jesus appears to his disciples in 24:36-52 we see a recurring theme: Jesus authoritatively interpreted the Hebrew Bible as concerning Himself (Lk. 24:27, 32, 44-45). Luke picks up on this in Acts at the start, primarily with Peter’s sermon and Pentecost loaded with radical interpretations of the Hebrew Bible (specifically, 2:30-31). The encouraging little narrative of Peter and John’s boldness presses Luke’s intent even more (4:1-22). The climax comes in 4:11 when Peter qualifies Psalm 118 with “This Jesus…”.Whoa. The rulers and scribes saw serious boldness then, boldness to interpret the biblical text in an unpopular way. The rulers and scribes were stunned, they thought “How can these fishermen with no rabbinical education say this?” (4:13). Oh, it was because they had been with Jesus (4:13). They had been with Jesus in no subjective and mystical-quiet-time way. They had been with Jesus and He taught them. They learned from Him how to read the Bible correctly, and may we learn also. 


Crafting this thing

March 28, 2008

How can this be simple and edifying? The vision here is not a long explanation of biblical texts. Posts will not be thesis papers. As concise as possible I would like to draw attention to the biblical texts and say a few things as a highlight. Hopefully the posts will be chocked full of Scriptural citations to encourage the readers to follow up and behold the wonder of the Word themselves. I will follow soon with a post to serve as an example. In the works is also a likely post-journey through Dennis Johnson’s highly recommended work, Him We Proclaim. Adelphoi, let us learn together and grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Here we go

March 27, 2008

The purpose of this blog concerns biblical theology and is administrated by a student of the subject.