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Witnesses of the Messiah: On Acts of the Apostles 1-15 (Kingdom Studies) [Paperback]

By Stephen Pimentel (Author)
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After the Resurrection, the apostles asked, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6) Witnesses of the Messiah will guide you through Acts of the Apostles and show you how the Church founded upon the apostles is the restoration of the kingdom. As insightful as it is easy to read, Witnesses of the Messiah is ideal for individual or group study. Renowned Scripture scholar Scott Hahn comments: "In this important work, Stephen Pimentel shows how all of God's actions in salvation history find their climax not only in Christ, but also in the Church. Indeed, Pimentel makes Luke's vision of the early Church come alive by showing how the Church embodies nothing less than the Davidic kingdom restored, where faithful Israelites and Gentiles are reunited in God's royal worldwide family. Witnesses of the Messiah captures and presents this central theme in Acts in a style that is highly accessible and compelling. Seldom does a biblical commentary combine clarity and theological insight as well as this one. Highly recommended, especially for individual or group Bible study."

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Stephen Pimentel brings Luke's vision of the early Church to life, showing how God's actions in salvation history find their fulfillment in the Body of Christ.

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Studio: Emmaus Road Publishing
Pages   141
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2002
Publisher   Emmaus Road Publishing
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
Series  Kingdom Studies  
ISBN  193101812X  
ISBN13  9781931018128  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen Pimentel is a writer and speaker on Catholic apologetics and Scripture. He is pursuing graduate studies in theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. His current projects include the development of a series of Catholic Bible study materials.

Stephen Pimentel has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Kingdom Studies

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A must have!  Mar 27, 2008
This study is truly divine. We just finished this in our Parish's women's bible study and we never have enough time, even with two hours set aside, to discuss everything. The nice thing about the format is that if you want to read the chapters from the bible you can but you do not have to as it has five pages of concise, easy to follow, thought provoking commentary. There are usually five to seven questions at the end of each chapter. The only thing is that you have to really spend some time flipping back and forth in the bible to all of the OT and NT references in the questions in addition to the catechism. It is worth the effort and truly felt like a study instead of reading and then genuflecting. I learned so much about Catholicism, Tradition, Old testament portents to the coming of Christ, The Holy Spirit as a living and breathing being and where our Church roots first began. I am looking forward to continuing the rest of Acts in Witness of the Messiah.
The Acts of the Apostles - Unlocked  Mar 15, 2007
This small Bible study book is a part of the Kingdom Series published by Emmaus Road out of Steubenville, Ohio. This small series of books (4 books total) focus upon the overarching theme of the Davidic Kingdom in the New Testament. This text is fairly short at 141 pages of larger than normal typeface with a couple of pages of reflection questions and blank writing space at the end of each chapter. The writing style is accessible to the average layperson, and the author's conclusions are well thought out.

In "Witnesses of the Messiah," Stephen Pimentel consistently shows how Luke wrote his Acts of the Apostles with the Old Testament in mind. Pimentel points out the various literary allusions to the Old Testament and how these allusions (as well as the explicit citations of the Old Testament) can help us understand the narrative better. Sometimes he will even give a transliteration of the Greek to help the average reader understand these allusions.

There are three main themes in Acts of the Apostles, which Pimentel explains. First, Luke portrays the time directly after the ascension of Jesus as a time of intercovenantal transition when the Deuteronomic covenant was about to come to its visible end with the destruction of the Temple. The actions of the apostles and the Christian communities display a keen awareness that divine judgment will soon befall Jerusalem (and it did in 70 A.D. with the first Jewish-Roman War and the seige & destruction of Jerusalem). One example is the selling of land and homes in Jerusalem immediately after Pentecost. More than radical charity, this is a pretty good economic choice. Why keep your land and home investments, when they are about to lose cash value due to a national disaster?

The second major theme is that of the Davidic Kingdom. Now that Jesus Christ is enthroned as king over his kingdom in the Ascension, he reigns through the Apostles' ministry by means of the Holy Spirit. Through the earthly ministry of his ministers, Jesus reunites the 12 tribes of Israel. Considering the fact that 10 of these 12 tribes were assimilated nearly completely among the Gentiles, the apostolic mission to the Gentiles (those non-Jewish nations or people) is the means by which all of Israel - all 12 tribes - will be restored into the united kingdom under the Son of David: the Church.

This leads us into the third and final theme: that of incorporation of the Gentiles into the Church. Pimentel carefully analyzes the events leading up to and including the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15, which solved a major problem of evangelizing the Gentiles: whether they should follow the dictates of the Mosaic Law. Since the Law (i.e. the Mosaic Law) was a national law meant for the Deuteronomic Covenant, it is no longer binding upon those who have entered the New Covenant and who have now received the law of this New Covenant: the New Law of the Holy Spirit.

This concise and well-written Bible study would do well, I think, on the parish level with small groups. As a parish director of adult formation, I intend to use this text as the textbook for just such an endeavor in the near future.
A Critical Contribution to Biblical Criticism  May 23, 2002
A tenet common to both genuinely Christian exegesis and redaction criticism - critique of biblical texts as compositional works - is that understanding the human author's perspective and intent is central to reliably interpreting his writings. Stephen Pimentel skillfully exemplifies this tenet in his exposition of Acts. In particular, Mr. Pimentel's diligent yet concise exegesis persuasively presents extensive and textually well-grounded evidence that Luke's perspective excluded any dichotomy of biblical theology and historicity, contrary to the presumption widespread in modern biblical criticism. Mr. Pimentel's work is especially pertinent to the corollary of this presumption, which is that New Testament authors typically compromised historicity for the sake of advancing their theological "agenda." As Mr. Pimentel shows, the text of the New Testament, and in particular Acts, strongly indicates that such a compromise would have been unthinkable to the authors of the New Testament. As Mr. Pimentel shows, these men viewed the New Covenant as culminating a theologically significant and historically real development of God's covenantal relationship with Israel.

Mr. Pimentel's exposition is thorough enough to gratify the formally trained student of Scripture, while remaining highly readable to non-scholars. This exposition principally consists of surfacing the literal "saturation" of Acts in Old Testament subtexts underlying the direct citations and quotations of Old Testament Scripture. As Mr. Pimentel convincingly shows, these pervasive subtexts clearly indicate Luke's insight into the significance of the New Covenant Church: as the covenant community established and advanced by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, the Church is the definitive fulfillment of God's covenantal promises to Israel from Abraham to David. This insight has tremendous religious significance, which Mr. Pimentel ably assists the believing or searching reader to grasp through helpful reflections at the end of each concise chapter. Yet Mr. Pimentel's work has a distinct critical value as well, for the New Testament's message cannot be properly understood apart from an intellectually honest accounting for the authors' perspective of that message.


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