The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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15. From the Preaching of Jesus to the Kerygma of the Early Church

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. Trace the role of the Holy Spirit in Luke and Acts. Do you note any patterns? Any differences between the two volumes? Any similarities?
  2. How should we approach the issue that Jesus the proclaimer became the one proclaimed in the kerygma? Is this problematic? If so, why? If not, why not?
  3. Why did the language used in proclamation in the Gospels shift in Acts? Did this shift in terminology dilute the message of Jesus?
  4. Trace the growing universality of the Jesus movement in Acts. What role does the Holy Spirit play in this process? What sorts of things or people hindered the process?
  5. Discuss the historicity of the speeches in Acts. Defend both sides.