NACFLA Journal: Volume 3 Spring 2004

Excerpt from editorial: It is the day of Pentecost. An assorted group of followers of a recently executed Messiah – one of a series of such figures to emerge in recent times in turbulent Judea, but this time rumored to have risen from the dead – are assembled in a house in Jerusalem. They have never read the New Testament, for not a word of it is yet written. They don’t yet know one of the most familiar stories of the Christian Scriptures, or how they will become part of it. They have been given no detailed expectations as to what will happen next. When they asked Jesus, immediately before he was taken from them, about whether the kingdom was about to be restored to Israel, his response was: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”