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Book of Acts
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Fifth book of the New Testament; likely written by Luke, a companion of the Apostle Paul and the presumed author of the Gospel of Luke. Acts records the activity of the early church as it expanded geographically from Jerusalem to Rome and demographically from predominantly Jewish members to include Gentiles. The book covers events from the ascension of Jesus (ca. ad 30) to the early ministry of Paul in Rome (ca. ad 62).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of the Apostles
Acts of the Apostles Fifth book of the New Testament; likely written by Luke, a companion of the Apostle Paul and the presumed author of the Gospel of Luke. Acts records the activity of the early church as it expanded geographically from Jerusalem to Rome and demographically from predominantly Jewish
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Luke-Acts, Book of
LUKE-ACTS, BOOK OF. The conventional scholarly designation for the two volumes, the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, which are separated by the Gospel of John in the NT canon.A. IntroductionB. Circumstances of CompositionC. Genre and PurposeD. Literary Aspects of Luke-Acts1. Style2.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Acts of the Apostles, Book of the
Acts of the Apostles, Book of the. NT book presenting the history of the early church and written as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. In the arrangement of the NT books, Acts comes after the four Gospels and before the Epistles.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Acts of the Apostles, Book of the
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, BOOK OF THE NT book presenting the history of the early church and written as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. In the arrangement of the NT books, Acts comes after the four Gospels and before the Epistles.PreviewAuthorDate, Origin, DestinationBackground and ContentPurpose
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Acts of the Apostles
Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book in the nt. The book deals with the history of the early Christian church and includes a major section on the career of Paul.Contents: The book of Acts opens with a preface to Theophilus (1:15), an account of Jesus’s ascension (1:6–11), and a brief narrative of how
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Acts, the Book of (Writing)
ACTS, THE BOOK OF. The Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book of the NT, is the second volume of the earliest history of Christianity, of which the first volume is the Gospel according to Luke. The essential unity of the two volumes is marked by the common address to Theophilus (Lk 1:1–4; Acts 1:1); by
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Acts, Book of the (Writing)
ACTS, BOOK OF THE. ‘The Acts of the Apostles’ (Gk. praxeis apostolōn) is the title given, since the latter years of the 2nd century ad, to the second volume of a history of Christian beginnings whose first volume we know as ‘The Gospel according to Luke’.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Acts of the Apostles
Acts of the ApostlesThe fifth book of the NT. Composed by the author of the Gospel of Luke, the book of Acts represents the earliest attempt by a Christian writer to present a connected account of significant events in the life of the early Church from Easter to the death of Paul. Beginning with Irenaeus’
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Acts of the Apostles
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES The fifth book of the New Testament. Traditionally accepted as the work of Saint Luke, the Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the narrative of Luke’s Gospel, presenting a history of the Church from the Ascension of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit to the period when
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Section 3: Acts
3. ActsThe church has traditionally understood Acts to be a history of the earliest church, but this has been challenged in recent years. It is now common to find Acts variously classified as one of the three primary genres of the Roman world—a novel, biography or history—and it has even been suggested
Key passages
Ac 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest part of the earth.”

Ac 6:7

And the word of God kept spreading, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was increasing greatly, and a large number of priests began obeying the faith.

Ac 9:1–19

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked for letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, both men and women, he could bring them tied …

Ac 28:25–31

So being in disagreement with one another, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through the prophet Isaiah to your fathers, saying, ‘Go to this people and say, “You will keep on hearing and will never understand, and you will keep on seeing …

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