Acts alternate between narrative and speeches. Several of the sermons belong the most famous of the Bible, such as Peter’s speech on Pentecost, Stephen’s to the Sanhedrin, and Paul’s on Areopagos in Athens. But all of them are significant for the development of the themes of the book, and viewed together, taking note of the communicative situation like speaker, context, audience, and response, they open the reader’s eyes also for some central literary perspectives of the book, including both its horizontal and its vertical movements. Besides, the sermons also provide practical, valuable lessons for any preacher also today.
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