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Acts

11.09.2010

Now that we are done with the concurrent storyline books, that should be the end of ridiculously long post titles including multiple citations.  This is an issue that had affected you all greatly, I am aware.

Acts is essentially the sequel to Luke’s Gospel.  It describes how the stunned followers of Jesus reacted to the resurrection and spread the good news to the known world, essentially establishing the early church in the process.

There are two things I’m hoping to look at as we go through the book.  The first is at the culture of the early church.  Since the Reformation (and before, I’m sure — probably since the second generation of believers), many Christians have sought to replicate the heady days of the early church, stripping the church of its bureacratic and hide-bound deficiencies in favor of pure fellowship and worship.  I want to know more about these halcyon times and how they served as a transition from a few dozen dedicated followers of Christ into the global institution that is the modern church.

Secondly, I want to get some context for Paul’s letters.  Specifically, when did he visit the churches that he wrote to, and where was he when he wrote these letters.

Oh, and you’d better believe there will be maps.  There will be maps.

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2 Comments
  1. Christen permalink

    so technically, shouldn’t the epistles be sort of wound into acts since Paul writes the letters while on his missionary journeys? and correct me if i’m wrong, in the chronological sense, wasn’t James written earlier? or did you do that already and I missed it?

    Hooray for maps! bring em on!

    • The epistles will be wound into Acts as we get to Paul’s journeys, but a few of them were written after the narrative of Acts stops. James may have been written before Acts was, but since it’s a historical book (and not a prophecy or poetry or epistle), Acts is placed based on when the action described takes place, not when it was written.

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