Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Author: Luke (Lk 1:1) through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Date: ~ A.D. 63
Summary: Acts bridges the period between the four gospels and the later epistles. a history of the founding and growth of the early church.
The Book of Acts can best be split into two parts; the first part dealing with the home church and its mission and the last concentrating on foreign missions. The book begins with the Ascension of Jesus and goes on through Paul’s jail time in Rome, which opens his ministry to the church at Rome. In this book we see the first mention of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ command to take His gospel to all the world.
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1.Tiberius (14-37 A.D.). 2. Caligula (37-41). 3. Claudius (41-54). 4. Nero (54-68)
Approximately 29-30 years - from the ascension of Christ (33 A.D.) to Paul’s second year in prison (62-63 A.D.)
Achaia to Antioch, Antipatris to Azotus, Berea to Cilicia, Clauda to Cyrene, Damascus to Fair Havens, Galatia to Judea, Lasea to Media, Melita to Olivet, Pamphylia to Phonecia, Phrygia to Rome, Salamis to Smyrna, Syracuse to Tyre
A.D.33 Establishment of the church in Jerusalem (1-6).
A.D.35 Stoning of Stephen, dispersion of the church (7-8).
A.D.35 Conversion of Saul (9).38 Paul’s first visit to Jerusalem after his conversion (9).
A.D.40 Conversion of Cornelius the Gentile (10).
A.D.42 Reception of Gentiles into the church at Antioch (11).
A.D.44 Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem (12).
A.D.45-48 First evangelistic journey (Paul and Barnabas) (13-14).
A.D.50 Meeting at Jerusalem (15). 50-53 Second evangelistic journey (Paul and Silas) (16-18).
A.D.54-57 Third evangelistic journey (Paul) (19-20).
A.D.58 Paul reached Jerusalem (20-23).
A.D.58-60 Paul in Caesarea (24-26).
A.D.60-61 Paul’s voyage to Rome (27-28).
A.D.61-63 Paul in Rome for two years (28).