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An Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles

An Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
CONSISTING OF AN ANALYSIS OF EACH CHAPTER

AND OF A COMMENTARY,

CRITICAL, EXEGETICAL, DOCTRINAL, AND MORAL.


BY HIS GRACE

MacEvilly, John, Archbishop of Tuam, 1818-1902
CONSISTING OF AN ANALYSIS OF EACH CHAPTER

AND OF A COMMENTARY,

CRITICAL, EXEGETICAL, DOCTRINAL, AND MORAL.


BY HIS GRACE

MacEvilly, John, Archbishop of Tuam, 1818-1902

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A EXPOSITIO OF THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES COSISTIG OF A AALYSIS OF EACH CHAPTER AD OF A COMMETARY, CRITICAL, EXEGETICAL, DOCTRIAL, AD MORAL. BY HIS GRACE MacEvilly, John, Archbishop of Tuam, 1818-1902Go ye into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned." MARK xvi. 15, 16. "And how shall they preach unless they be sent?" ROM. x. 15. DUBLI: M. H. GILL & SO, 50 UPPER O COELL STREET. EW YORK : BEZIGER BROTHERS, 113- BROADWAY. ITRODUCTIO TO THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. TITLE OF. THE TITLE prefixed to this Treatise on "The Acts," &c, is read differently in different versions and MSS.
 
In some, it is "Acts of Apostles;" in others, "The Acts of the Apostles;" in others, "The Acts of the Holy Apostles" with the addition, " written by Luke, the Evangelist." Owing to this diversity, Critics generally maintain, that the title, admittedly of very high antiquity, was not prefixed by the Sacred writer himself. "Acts of Apostles" 7rpaetc ATToo-ToXwv without the definite article is supposed to be the earliest title. It accurately conveys the Subject of this Treatise, which contains a summary of the doings of the Chief among the Apostles, viz. : Peter and Paul. The Title " The Acts of the Apostles " with the definite article, the, might be calculated to mislead, as conveying that this Treatise was a record, or memoir of the doings of the Apostolic body, which would be erroneous, as it alludes only on a very few occasions to the Apostles as a body. After that, they disappear from view. Besides dwelling on the labours and discourses of Peter and Paul, it briefly refers, in a passing way, to T^e^fa^JL^p^pr Bishop of Jerusalem, who, after Peter "took the most prominent part in the deliberations of the Council of Jerusalem (c. xv.) ; to Tames the (greater, put to death by Herod ; to John the Evangelist ; to Barnabas, who though not reckoned among " the twelve" was still regarded_as_an^Ap_pstle (c. xiv. 4). There is an account also of the beautiful dj^couj^e_of__St.^Stehen before the Jewish authorities, his martyrdom in consequence (c. vi.), and of some other Evangelical labourers, who though not of the Apostolic body such as Philip the Deacon, &c., were successfully engaged in the propagation of the GospeT This Treatise is divided by some eminent Critics (Beelen with others) into two parts. The most prominent figure in the first part, which embraces the twelve first Chapters, is Peter, the head of the Apostolic College, whose ITRODUCTIO TO eloquent addresses it summarizes, as well as his successful labours in the conversion of Jews and Gentiles, in pursuance of the exalted commission Divinely accorded him, of feeding, ruling and governing the universal Church, " lambs and sheep," Pastors and people.
 
The second and larger portion is devoted to the discourses, labours, - sufferings, perilous journeys of the Ap_ostle_of_ the jGentiles_up_to_the :_second ^year of his^ first imprisonment at Rome which brings the Treatise to a conclusion. WRITER OF. We have the rriost incontrovertible evidence both extrinsic_jm& intrinsic in proof of the universally received opinion, that the writer of this Treatise on " The Acts," &c., was St. Luke the Evangelist, who wrote the third Gospel. Hence, it seems to me a useless waste of time at this stage to dwell on the proofs of this universally admitted fact, which hardly anyone denies. The Holy Council of Trent in its Decree on the inspired Scriptures (SS. IV.) speaking of the Acts as one of the Inspired Books, says " Actus tlpostolonun a Luca Evangel is ta Conscripti" For a full personal history of St. Luke, see Preface to his Gospel (Commentary on). WHE AD WHERE WRITTE? These are points hard to be determined with any degree of accuracy. As it gives the History of St. Paul down to the second year of his first / imprisonment at Rome about the year 61 or 62 of our Era, it is certain it was I not written before the expiration of that period. Whether written imme- ( diately after that or at Rojne at all is a subject of controversy. The opinion % IMP. a**"***" ""^KPn**!^^ i^^, MJQMMS** of St. Jerome on the subject (de Scriptoribus Eccles., c. 17), who maintains that it was written at Rome, is not shared in by the most eminent Critics. Most likely, it wa^jvTkr^n^efore_ the^ destruction of Jerusalem byJTitus (A.D. 70). If written after, it would not pass over so important an event, especially as it could point to the verification of our Lord s threats and predictions, so graphically recorded in St. Luke s own Gospel (c. xxi.) which we know to have been sadly realised. By_sae it is held that it was written I in the interval between-the destruction of Gaza and the siege of Jerusalem, which took place after Gaza had been utterly destroyed. This, however, is controverted, so that nothin^jdeJanite can be advanced either in regard to time or place in this matter. LAGUAGE OF.

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