Books of Acts

 

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The book of Acts of the Apostles is the second volume that Luke wrote especially for Theophilus. It recounts the work of Jesus’ disciple in spreading the good news about Jesus first to the Jews then to the Gentiles. The first twelve chapters recount the ministry of Peter in taking the good news to the Jews who for the most part rejected it. The last sixteen chapters are devoted to the ministry of the Apostle Paul in taking the good news to the Gentiles who would replace the Jews. (Romans 11:17-21) Luke would have firsthand knowledge of Paul’s activities because he spent a lot of time with him accompanying him on his missionary tours.

The book of Acts highlights the stubbornness of the Jews who fought Paul constantly to keep him from taking the good news to the Gentiles. Even those Jews who became Christians tried hard to make any Gentile who accepted Christianity to also accept the Law and its many regulations. But a decision by the congregation in Jerusalem relieved them from this burden. (Acts 15:28, 29) The book of Acts ends with Paul, although imprisoned in Rome, continuing to carry out his ministry.

 

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