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Oct 19 NT Lecture Notes

Oct 19 NT Lecture Notes

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Published by: Elizabeth Jean Baumeister on Oct 24, 2010
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10/19/10New Testament LiteratureSheets' Lecture NotesActsLuke's emphasis isn't on the apostles working, but on how the Holy Spirit is workingthrough the apostles.The first part is in the vicinity around Jerusalem, but beginning in chapter 13 thebook is about the gospel spread far and wide through Paul's ministry.For the quiz, have an idea of the routes of Paul's three missionary journeys. You'llhave to draw them out on a map. On angel there's a study guide.The first verse of Acts mentions a gospel, indicating that Luke was the author of boththe gospel named after him and the book of Acts. Whoever Luke was, maybe doctor,he was very literate. Luke was probably written sometime in the 80s, like the gospelof Luke. But he won't ask about the date it was written, because that isn't important.The book begins in 30-33 AD, when the apostles were sent, book ends in 60-63 ADwith Paul in jail, significant that the book covers a period of 30 years, Luke onlyaddresses the most significant things during that time, the apostles lives were not amiracle a day. You cannot read this book thinking that these things occurred overa short period of time. Paul had mundane days too.Historical accuracy - we live in an era where the whole discussion of historicalaccuracy is very important for most scholars. We have to deal with the question of the fact that there are many sermons that are given in the book of Acts (Peter andPaul) and we have accounts of those sermons. How could it possibly be that we haveword for word accounts of those sermons? We don't. The sermons are pretty short,less than a few minutes when read. It's likely that the real sermon was several hourslong. The writers of ancient documents would interview people who were there andrecord the basis of what was said. We have the essence of what the sermon wasabout.We have really good historical accuracy, but it's just not like what we're used tonow. We cannot impose upon the Scriptures a modern century standard becauseneither the authors nor God tried to make it that way.Paul's imprisonment in Rome was in his own apartment. It was on his own dime,because Rome didn't believe in imprisoning people and paying for their room andboard. If you were really bad, they would try you quickly, they wouldn't pay for youto stay and eat in their place for years and years. The book ends with Paul in thosekinds of conditions.Sheets thinks that Luke had intended to write a third book, and he didn't mean toleave the story so abruptly finished. When it comes to the history of the earlychurch, Acts is all we have. We have reports from Acts of Christianity spreading to

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