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NRSV Acts 8:26-40 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away rom the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”s 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip to baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. by Mind Map: NRSV Acts 8:26-40 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south
to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up 
and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the 
Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was 
returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said 
to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading 
the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, 
unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage 
of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and 
like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice 
was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away rom the earth.” 34 The 
eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about 
someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him 
the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the 
eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”s 38 He commanded 
the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip
to baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; 
the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, 
and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came 
to Caesarea.
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NRSV Acts 8:26-40 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away rom the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”s 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip to baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Stories?

the length of college friendships

television shows with people getting credit for saving lives

Possible Trajectories?

The glory belongs to God

Jesus Christ Died on the the cross, we just proclaim His story

Who is welcomed into the promise

God's providence

Lutheran Hermaneutic

Law

THe glory belongs to God

Gospel

The Word is relevant to all, not just those that understand.

Exegetical Work

Greek

Translation

Word Studies, ἀναγινώσκοντος, normally read, but also can mean recognize (BDAG)

Entire Book

Pericope

Who is Phillip, in verse 6:5 we read of Phillip being chosen as one of the first seven "deacons", 8:5 we read of him going off preaching the Word to Samaria, He then preaches in various cities on his way to Cesarea, where he eventually remains (chpt. 21).

Eunuch, A proselyte (The Lutheran Commentary), Not a proselyte of righteousness because of the bodily mutilation, no circumcision possible, Proselyte of the gate, a stranger that lived within the gates of a Jewish city without being a member of the people

The Eunuch cannot understand what is being read unless without help, asks for a guide, point of the pericope is that life is a journey that requires a guide (Pervo), Scripture is not self interpreting (Pervo), Jewish scripture is interpreted in the Christian horizon

Phillip is miraculously carried away by the Spirit of the Lord, Phillip is a servant of God, a preacher of the Gospel, he goes where and when the Spirit leads him

Occurs in the desert (Pervo), the region in which Israel experienced direct contact with the divine

Major Elements/Themes

God's providence is evident (Pervo), Angelic direction leads to the Eunuch on the road, He was reading Isaiah, a key passage in early Christian theology, Water appeared just when it was needed for baptism

Precursor to Paul's conversion and the taking of the Gospel message "to the ends of the earth." chpt 13., a story foreshadowing the conversion of the Gentiles.

He was reading Isaiah 53

Returning from going to worship, narrator never says he actually worshipped, can't deduce he was a "God-fearer", official is moving away from the temple and toward the prophets (Pervo), This is progress in Lucan terms (Pervo)

Baptism, What is preventing the baptism?, Eunuch's not allowed to become Jewish, but nothing preventing him from becoming Christian (a sect of Judaism).