Speeches in Acts

Acts 2:14 ~ The Speeches of Acts

This week we continued our break from verse-by-verse study, and instead, we surveyed the large number and wide variety of public speeches in Acts. We also discussed various approaches to the source material for them including: verbatim inspiration, fabrication, and research-based summation (still inspired). We reflected on the freedom the Lord allowed for the writer’s own personality and style to come through his writing. We studied Luke’s exclusive use of the Greek participle statheis in the New Testament, and the picture it should paint in our minds. Finally, we compared Peter’s interpretation of Old Testament Scripture to a Hebrew pesher which was common in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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The Speeches of Acts ~ Acts 2:14

Speeches, Inspiration, Interpretation

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.


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This is a photo of the white board written as we looked at each verse in context:


Photo Resource and Credit:
“A.D. Season One: Adam Levy as Peter” by NBC/Joe Alblas


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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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