New American Bible (Revised Edition)
37 what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached,(A) 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth[a] with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.(B) 39 We are witnesses[b] of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and [in] Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.Read full chapter
- 10:38 Jesus of Nazareth: God’s revelation of his plan for the destiny of humanity through Israel culminated in Jesus of Nazareth. Consequently, the ministry of Jesus is an integral part of God’s revelation. This viewpoint explains why the early Christian communities were interested in conserving the historical substance of the ministry of Jesus, a tradition leading to the production of the four gospels.
- 10:39 We are witnesses: the apostolic testimony was not restricted to the resurrection of Jesus but also included his historical ministry. This witness, however, was theological in character; the Twelve, divinely mandated as prophets, were empowered to interpret his sayings and deeds in the light of his redemptive death and resurrection. The meaning of these words and deeds was to be made clear to the developing Christian community as the bearer of the word of salvation (cf. Acts 1:21–26). Hanging him on a tree: see note on Acts 5:30.