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Christian Beginnings: The Book of Acts of the Apostles
Considered to be by same author as Gospel of Luke: Gentile Doctor who knew Paul?
Traces develop of early Christianity from Jewish apocalyptic movement to mostly Gentile faith
established in the Roman-Greco world.
1.Prologue and account of Jesus’ ascension (1.1—11)
Jesus resurrection last 40 days, then ascends into Heaven
Apostle =one who has physically accompanied Jesus, witnessed resurrection
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father
hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they
beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.And while they looked
stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus,
which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go
into heaven.”
Founding of Jerusalem Church
Pentecost
Holy Ghost is upon them and all the disciples begin to speak in their native tongues
Jews believe they are drunk
But Peter logically proves that they are not – this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;And it shall come to pass in the last
days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
dream dreams”
Redemption for Crucifying Christ = Communal Community
Peter tells them how they can redeem themselves for what they had done to Christ
People become afriad, sell possessions, etc
Anonias is one who transgresses by keeping some of the money that he gets for his land =
consequently, dies.
Work of Peter and the Apostles
Preaching, healing, confrontation with authories = Saducees control, Pharisees more tolerant
Pharisees & Saducees are the 2 dominant Jewish groups = Saducees don't believe in
resurrection while Pharisees do
Gamaliel
Peter/Paul has relations with this Pharisee
Famous Rabbi/Priest who protects the disciples when try to teach about Jesus
Persecution of the firstHellenistic” Jewish Christians & the first missions
Stephen (Greek speaking Jew)
1st Christian Martyred
Retells the History of Abraham
Stoned & charged with blasphemy
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