Original Research - Special Collection: Impact of Reformed Theology

Bible reading insights from how the gospels and Acts link the apostles to Jesus: A biblical theological exploration

Tshitangoni C. Rabali
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 54, No 2 | a2593 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v54i2.2593 | © 2020 Tshitangoni C. Rabali | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 January 2020 | Published: 13 July 2020

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Tshitangoni C. Rabali, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa


This article draws attention to reformed biblical theological insights derived from how the gospels and Acts relate the reading of the Scriptures by the apostles to Jesus. The presentation argues that the central concept in the teaching of Christ was a reading of the Scriptures that identifies him as the divine Saviour that the Old Testament speaks about, and that the gospels and Acts continue to promote such a reading of the Bible. The article is in the domain of biblical theology. The unique contribution of the article is that it highlights the biblical theological significance of recognising the close relationship that the gospels and Acts say exists between the teaching of the apostles by Jesus and their own witness in the early church for the reading of the Bible. The insights are also offered to illustrate the impact of reformed biblical theology on how to read the Bible.


Jesus as teacher; New Testament theology; Bible interpretation; The gospels, Luke-Acts; Biblical theology; The apostles; The early church; New Testament canon


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