Luke's Editorial Summaries In Acts 2
II.1 Identify at least 4 passages that consist of Luke’s editorial summaries by chapter and verse
In the very first chapter of Acts, we are given the traditional elements of the resurrection: Jesus speaks to the apostles, Jesus commands them to stay in Jerusalem, and Jesus tells them to wait to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, then Jesus ascends to Heaven. Luke’s editorial summaries operate distinctively within the narrative to offer the reader his personal observations and interpretations. The editorial summaries may be identified as the passages that punctuate the events, chronology, and other factual aspects of the narrative. Luke guides the reader through the events of the early movement and utilizes his commentary to amplify the unity, commonality, and growth of the movement.
The first editorial summary can be found in Acts 1:12-13. Luke transitions from the generic to the specific by identifying the individuals by name who form the center of the movement. Significantly, found in Acts 1:14, the Greek word ὁμοθυμαδόν (homothumadon) appears for the one out of the eleven times it is used in the New Testament, (ten of which are in the book of Acts.) This word may be translated as “united together as one”. This is a central theme to what Luke tries to convey in his editorial summaries throughout Acts.
In Acts 2:42-47, after his conversion of the 3,000, Luke again uses the word homothumadon to impress the unity in the early formation of the movement. As in Acts 1:12-13,…