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 dwelling and trustworthy foundation for exegesis and are born out of the conviction that dogma clarifies instead of obscures.

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The traditional view of his authorship is widely dispersed throughout ancient Christian writersY It was summarized by Saint Jerome: Luke, a physician of Antioch, as his writings indicate, was not unskilled in rhe Greek language. An adherent of the apostle Paul, and companion of all his journeying, he wrote a Gospel concerning which rhe same Paul says, "We send 29. Donfried 1974; Wuellner 1976. 30. Johannes Kunze in RE 11:570-72; A. Lang in LTK6:1110-12. 31. Loisy 1920, 6-17. 30 ACTS Introduction with him a brother whose praise in the gospel is among all the churches" [2 Cor.

Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed 3-4 (CCF 1: 163). 3. Definition of Faith of the Council ofChalcedon 18, 25-27 (CCF 1:181). 4. Jacob Neusner in Neusner et al. 1999,3:1447-58. 5. Tarazi 2001, 187. 38 ACTS 1:2-3 This "teaching of the gospel for forty days" (evangelium quadraginta dierum), which some of the Gnostics seem to have expanded to a period of eighteen months,6 is a continuation of the instruction given by the risen Lord to his disciples. Earlier, at the conclusion of his Gospel, Luke described this instruction as having begun with the disciples at Emmaus, when, "beginning with Moses and all the prophets, [the risen but as yet unrecognized Christ] interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27) .

3:2 LXX) in the singular, as though there were only one coming. This has compelled the exegetes of the church to distinguish between the "first coming," in which the prophecy ofIsaiah about the suffering servant (Isa. 53) had already been fulfilled (-78:30-31), and the "second coming," prior to which the prophecy of Isaiah about the wolf and the lamb feeding together (Isa. 65:25) would not be fulfilled, and to assign the various prophecies to one or the other of these. By now, the period between the beginnings of the messianic hope in the people of Israel and the (first) coming of Christ, when his followers felt able to say that the time of waiting had ended, has shrunk to one-half or even onethird of the period since that first coming.

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