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Acts 6:1--7:2a, 7:44-60 Commentary
by Marilyn Salmon
The reading from Acts features two distinct episodes linked by Stephen, an otherwise unknown apostle.
A large part of the story is omitted from the lectionary reading. I would recommend including the verses left out (7:2b-43) because the omission affects how one understands Stephen’s speech. The reading is lengthy enough as it is.
An obvious choice for preachers and teachers is to focus on the figure of Stephen who provides some continuity in the narrative. I suggest here a connecting theme that has potential for preaching and contemporary reflections. In each episode we see a community divided. Each offers some insights with respect to navigating divisions among us.
The Hebrews and the Hellenists The first several chapters of Acts report the growing community of believers in Jerusalem despite conflicts within and external adversity. Chapter 6 begins, “Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number…” thus indicating the narrative continues the pattern established following Pentecost (2:1-47).
The conflict between the Hebrews and the Hellenists ...
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Narrative Lectionary 080: Stephen
April 14, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. The readings for Third Sunday of Easter are Acts 6:1-15, 7:1-2a, 47-60; and Luke 23:33-34a, 46.