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The Book Of Acts
by Wayne Blank
The author of Acts is not specifically stated, although in Acts 1:1 the book is addressed to Theophilus, as is Luke's gospel book (Luke 1:3). Luke has long been assumed by many to be the author. Only in more recent times has there been speculation of other authors.
Acts covers the period from about 31 to 65 A.D. Although named the "Acts of The Apostles," or "Acts of the Holy Apostles," the book actually focuses most heavily on Paul and Peter, more Paul, and others who were in contact with them, including Barnabas and Mark.
Acts provides a rich historical account of the early Christian Church and the people who became the "pioneers" of our faith. A regular reading of the book, as part of a regular Bible Reading Plan is very much worthwhile.
The major sections:
Overall, the Book of Acts emphasizes the workings of the Holy Spirit, and the changes in people made possible through Its power. Acts includes people in the calling, gentiles, that were before excluded as "unclean." The book of Acts also records women's important involvement and acceptance very much at the center workings of the church, whereas before they were excluded to a large degree. Overall, Acts displays very ordinary people doing extraordinary things, all through faith and the power of God's Holy Spirit.
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