Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Statement||by Henry J. Cadbury.|
|Series||Lowell Institute lectures -- 1953|
|LC Classifications||BS2625 C27|
|The Physical Object|
The Acts of the Apostles, abbreviation Acts, fifth book of the New Testament, a valuable history of the early Christian church. Acts was written in Greek, presumably by the Evangelist Luke, whose gospel concludes where Acts begins, namely, with Christ’s Ascension into heaven. Acts was apparently written in Rome, perhaps between ad 70 though some think a slightly earlier date is also possible. The Book of Acts Acts And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. The Book of Acts: Summary and Overview T he Book of Acts in the Bible, written around A.D., may be best described as a history of the founding and growth of the early church. Book of Acts Explained. Go To The Book of Acts Index. The Acts of the Apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the New Testament. It alone presents an extensive picture of early church life and history. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of the document.
The title of this book: The Acts of the Apostles. The book title's are not inspired. The book certainly does not tell all the acts of all the apostles; it doesn't even relate some of the acts of all of the apostles. Some have suggested that a better title might be the Acts of the Holy Spirit. Additional Background to the Acts of the Apostles. The book of Acts tells the story of both the glorious and tumultuous early years of the Church. It is filled with all the drama, thrills, adventure and suspense. But for those who read its words more purposefully, they will find blessing and encouragement, as they take in the powerful events that would begin to shape the Church into the mighty organism that it is. Author: Michael Jakes. The Book of Acts: A History of the Early Church Gene Taylor The burial of Stephen. (2) 4. The persecution by Saul. (3) 5. The preaching of all who were scattered. (4) B. The work of Philip. (, ) 1. Leaving Jerusalem at the dispersion. (5a) 2. The signs and preaching at Samaria which resulted in the conversion of the Samaritans and Simon. () 3. Of the apostles, therefore, John and Matthew first instill faith into us Luke and Mark renew it afterwards. Here, Tertullian specifically attributed the third gospel to Luke. Finally, the great church historian Eusebius, writing around A.D. , mentioned Luke as the author of Acts in book 1, chapter 5.
Book of Acts The book of Acts provides a detailed, orderly, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its narrative supplies a bridge connecting the life and ministry of Jesus to the life of the church and the witness of the earliest believers. The Book of Acts as History When we read the book of Acts, it seems obvious Luke intended to write some sort of history of the expansion of the early church from a small messianic sect of Judaism in Galilee and Judea to an empire-wide religion which included both Jews and Gentiles. The book of Acts shows how God essentially took a group of fisherman and commoners and used them to turn the world upside down (Acts ). God took a Christian-hating murderer and transformed him into history’s greatest Christian evangelist, the author of almost half the books . The main theological emphasis of the book of Acts is the Holy Spirit. The book begins with Jesus' promise of the Holy Spirit, which is later fulfilled in reference to the Jews (ch. 2), and then for the Gentiles (ch. 10). Reference to the Holy Spirit comes in a variety of ways.