Scholars have discovered that the language used in speaking about Jesus in these early speeches in Acts is quite different from that used at the time when the book was compiled in its final form.^32

Many scholars have argued that in these early texts we have a clear summary of the earliest apostolic kerygma.^33

Jeremias holds that Luke’s brief mention of Jesus’ resurrection appearance to Peter in Luke 24:34 is of even greater antiquity than is 1 Corinthians 15:5, which would make this an extremely early witness to these appearances.^34 Dodd and Bultmann also note the connections between the fact that Peter appears in the references in both Luke 24:34 and 1 Corinthians 15:5.^35 A previously mentioned tradition, 2 Timothy 2:8, presents another contrast by linking the Jesus who descended from David with the same person who was raised from the dead. Not only is Jesus’ resurrection proclaimed as an event of history, but early creeds also assert that, on the basis of this event, Jesus’ claims were justified. In particular, it is said that the resurrection revealed the uniqueness of Jesus’ person.