"The Acts of the Apostles - The Works of Those Sent Out" By Robert Gorelik
Like most studies on the book of Acts, this Seminar examines the background of Luke, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, and the ministries of Peter, Stephen, John, and Paul. But unlike other studies, it examines these (and many other) subjects from a perspective that makes it possible to understand what was going on in the lives of Yeshua’s first disciples who held normative, traditional Jewish theological perspectives of these events based on the Jewish thought of their time period. The modern reader will appreciate the profound implication of the “calling” to discipleship.
Moreover, if the Gospel of Luke is a record of what Yeshua “began to do and to teach” before His death—then the Book of Acts is a record of what Yeshua continued to accomplish through his disciples after his resurrection. This makes it possible for us to resolve the age-old problem of Israel’s “failed” mission to the Gentiles.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost is incredibly significant because the text directly associates the event with a prophecy regarding events that would take place in the “last days.” The Last Days is an important theme, not only in the Hebrew Bible but in the Apostolic writings and in the rabbinic literature as well.
Pentecost, known in the Hebrew Bible as Shavuot or the Feast of Weeks, is the fourth “Feast” is a series of seven. Its meaning must be understood in terms of the redemptive significance of all seven—it is not a separate Feast. It does not represent an independent new beginning for Yeshua’s disciples, rather it represents the fulfillment of God’s original and timeless aspiration for His people, i.e., that they would be a “kingdom of priests” and a “light to the Gentiles.”
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