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By Jaroslav Pelikan

The SCM Theological statement sequence at the Bible is a groundbreaking sequence that recovers classical theological statement for the twenty first century church. The commentaries presuppose the doctrinal culture of the Christian church as a residing and trustworthy foundation for exegesis and are born out of the conviction that dogma clarifies instead of obscures.

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With its reminiscences of passages such as "0 Lord, thou hast proved me and known me" (Kuple, E<5oKlllacra~ Ile Ka! eyvw~ Ile) (Ps. 139:1 LXX), the uniquely Christian adjective "knower of hearts" (Kap<5loyvd>crTTJ~) identifies one of the distinctive attributes of "the living God" (715: 8-9), who has "set ... our secret sins in the light of thy countenance" (Ps. 90:8). " glWhich Judas abandoned to go where he belonged. This could mean simply "where he deserved to go" or, more ominously, "where he was intended to go" (713:48) .

Yet in the Epistles of Paul, where the message of "Christ crucified" (1 Cor. 1:23) is so central (Gal. " The only things Jesus "did" to receive mention from Saint Paul anywhere were the events of Holy Week, his passion and resurrection; there are no infancy narratives, no travels through Judea and Galilee, no miracles, no controversies with his opponents. And the one and only thing Jesus "said" to be quoted verbatim anywhere in the Epistles of Paul-apart from the somewhat oblique reference in 1 Cor.

11 :33), that Judas Iscariot had been divinely predestined both to his shocking act of betrayal and to his own terrible end? IIIIII In his Gospel (Luke 6: 13), Luke recorded how Jesus "called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles," and their names are recorded. " With the apostasy of Judas, the integrity of the twelve had to be restored, perhaps because of the typology of the twelve tribes ofIsrael (Luke 22:28-30). These verses list, in almost technical language, the credentials that a candidate had to possess to be added to the other apostles, beginning with being "a male" (av~p) (~18:24-26b); and Matthias possessed the credentials.

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