Interpreting and Preaching New Testament Narratives – Day 3


Interpretative Event


End Vision


Those four categories to understand behind the text, in the text, and the text before the people in preaching.

For instance in Acts 2

The text is the oracle from Joel

The interpretative event is Peter’s sermon

The audience is the people gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost

The end vision is salvation

Now consider Luke as he writes this narrative

The text is the oracle from Joel and Peter’s Sermon

The interpretative event is Luke writing the book of Acts

The audience is harder to discern but likely first century believing Gentiles and Jews.

The end vision is salvation.

Now look at this through the use of this narrative on a Sunday morning Divine Service.

The text is the oracle from Joel, Peter’s Sermon, the wider perspective of the book of Acts, previous sermons that have been preached on this text….the list can grow quickly…but still hopefully Joel and Peter speak most prominently.

The interpretative event is the sermon of the pastor

The audience is the local context of the pastor and people.

The end vision is salvation.

This matrix reveals that there are lots of layers that help us understand the text, but ultimately the end vision for all of this is sharing the salvation that God delivers through Jesus Christ.

We also spent time talking about the subversive nature of the church that is demonstrated in the book of Acts. The church is not in open revolt against Rome or the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. But the church is consistently confident that Jesus is Lord and that God is at work through the Spirit delivering this good news to the very ends of the earth.

Another discussion centered around what centers the book of Acts. Is it the characters, the geography, the speeches, the conflict, or some other organizing principle?

The rest of the day was devoted to discussions rising from Acts 4-5, 6, and 8.

Another thing discovered yesterday and reinforced today, Professor Skinner is easily distracted from his prepared remarks.



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