Saint Stephen is generally remembered by Christians only as the first martyr of the church, yet he deserves to be remembered for so much more. A careful dissection of his speech before the Sanhedrin on the occasion of his trial show him to be a servant of unclouded vision, both backward and forward. Stephen saw not only the patterns revealed in Israel's history, but the next phase in God's plan before any other evangelist in the book of Acts. Properly understood, Stephen provides not only a window into early Christian interpretation of the Old Testament scriptures, but also provides a theological framework that likely influenced the Pauline canon, as well.
Ritcheson, Christopher D.
"Saint Stephen: A Window on the Past and Future of God's Plan,"
Diligence: Journal of the Liberty University Online Religion Capstone in Research and Scholarship: Vol. 8
, Article 7.
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