Acts of the Apostles

English: text of the Acts of the Apostles 2:17...
English: text of the Acts of the Apostles 2:17-21 with passage cited from the Old Testament marked by inverted comma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Acts of the Apostles is the fifth book of the New Testament.

Most Catholics believe Acts was authored by Luke, the “beloved physician” who traveled with St. Paul. But according to Raymond Brown, about 50% of biblical scholars dispute this.

The book provides historical material about the spread of the Gospel and some of the earliest disputes that arose during that time. Acts begins at the resurrection and ascension of Christ, and focuses on the growth of the Christian Church, its expansion to Samaria and Antioch, and Paul’s missionary journeys to Asia Minor, regions of the Aegean and Rome.

Acts ends after Paul’s two year imprisonment at Rome.

Perhaps most important, Acts unifies the four divisions of humanity (Jews, Samaritans, proselytes, Gentiles) under the banner of Christianity.


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