Equipped (formerly Adult Education)
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From Peter’s reasoning about the replacement of Judas in Acts 1 to Paul’s final words in Acts 28, the book of Acts repeatedly portrays early Christians as reasoning from and with Scripture—our Old Testament—as they discern the shape of their life together and bear witness to Jesus as Lord and Christ. This class will examine selected passages from early Acts in which scriptural interpretation plays a prominent role in the plot, focusing especially on Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2), Stephen’s speech (Acts 7), and Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8). We will notice the variety of ways in which these passages evoke Scripture—direct quotation, narrative overview, and maybe even embodied allusion—and will seek to understand how these early believers (re)interpret Scripture in relation to Jesus. Along the way, we will consider Acts’ portrayal of the role of the Holy Spirit and the church community in enabling our biblical interpretation, and we will listen for how these allusive passages in Acts might challenge and encourage us in our lives of faith today.
Dr. Julie Newberry (PhD, Duke University) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College (IL). A revised version of her dissertation is forthcoming as Lukan Joy and the Life of Discipleship: A Narrative Analysis of the Conditions that Lead to Joy according to Luke (WUNT 2), and her current research focuses on intertextuality (primarily the Old Testament in the New) in relation to the portrayal of bodies in New Testament narratives.