Blessing of Abraham in Acts 3,25

The New Testament will focus on the blessing of Abraham as an important argument for the inclusion of the Gentiles. In Acts 3,25 Peter speaks about it. After curing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, Peter proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus to the crowd that gathered around him and the cured person. The resurrection of Jesus is a blessing in the first place to Israel (Acts 3,26). But it is also the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham[1] that “… ‘and in your posterity shall all the families of the earth be blessed’” (Acts 3,25).

[1] Cf. F. F. Bruce, The Book of Acts: The New International Commentary on the New Testament, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Michigan, (1988), 88.


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