INTRO TO THE BOOK OF

ACTS

The Greek manuscripts refer to this work as "Praxeis" which translates to "Acts" or by an extended title "the Acts of the Apostles"

This book is about the growth of the early church after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ to His Father in Heaven, documenting the stories of the many men and women who followed the great commission of Christ and began to spread the news of Jesus Christ the risen Savior to the most remote parts of the known world in accordance with His commandment;

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

The timing of the writing of this book is believed to be prior to 62 A.D. The reasons for this is that the book of Acts ends with Paul awaiting trial before Nero Caesar, which he did in approximately 62 A.D. The outcome of the trial is never mentioned, and neither are the persecution of Christians under Nero which began in 64 A.D.; the death of Paul in (estimated) 68 A.D.; nor the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

The author of this book is Luke, the same author of the Gospel which bears his name. Luke means "Light-giving".

Luke was a highly educated Greek physician, author of the Gospel according to Luke and the book of Acts. He was also a traveling companion of the apostle Paul and he was a meticulous historian. The Gospel of Luke is the only one originally written in Greek, and his writing is so highly polished that it approaches the Classical Greek in language and sentence structure.

His writings are so carefully researched that archaeologists trust him virtually without question in his accuracy, and have used his writings to locate lost Biblical sites. His books are also of great use, as he has documented everything in chronological order. And to date he has never been proven wrong.

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