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There are lots of Bible commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles, but BookCaps offers one of the first electronic Bible Commentaries for the modern reader.

This commentary includes an introduction to the Acts of the Apostles (including the history of the text, the structure, and the themes), a chapter by chapter summary, and discussion questions.

BookCaps Bible Commentaries are nondenominational study guides for people who are just getting into the Bible for the first time, or who just want to know a little more.

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ISBN: 9781466027640
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About BookCaps Bible Commentaries

BookCaps Bible Commentaries are non-denomination study guides for people who are just getting into the Bible for the first time, or who just want to know a little more.

Each commentary, looks at the historical context behind the book, the themes, who wrote them., and study questions. A chapter summary of each chapter of the book is also included.

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Introduction

Acts is in reality chapter two of a letter that began with the Gospel of Luke. In his Gospel, Luke records the life, words, and works of Jesus. In installment two, he shows how what began in modest size with the story of Jesus, spread across the known world in a larger dimension.

What happens when people seek to live out the teachings of Jesus? Acts answers that question with the account of Pentecost, taking the gospel to the Gentile world, and the dynamic ministries of Peter and Paul. The church originates in Acts and the initial structure of its organization takes shape. The world will never be the same! Friction has lit a fire that will burn throughout our recorded history.

Author

Unlike some of the other books in our Bible, there is really no doubt as to who wrote the book of Acts. The physician, the Gentile, and the writer, Luke penned this wonderful work. The book purports to be a sequel and its style is the same as the Gospel. Both the Gospel and its second installment are addressed to one Theophilus. There is scarcely a break in the narrative between the two parts of the same story. It is as though Luke’s story is some 52 chapters in length, if both books were combined.

It appears that Luke might have made a great attempt at establishing a connecting link between the life of Jesus and the life of the church. Put in other words, a link between the Gospels and the Letters. As one reaches the end of the book of Acts, the abruptness of its ending gives rise to the question if Luke was really finished or possibly contemplating another writing exercise.

As the Jews continued to reject the story of Jesus, more effort was made to take the story to the Gentiles with considerable effectiveness. As one can remember, this was the plan of Jesus in that the story was to be given to the Jews first and then to the rest of the world. When reading the narrative, one should try to place himself in the shoes of the first century believers and see how they were led by the Holy Spirit. Remember that these believers faced the possibility of death for their belief.

Historical Background

The events noted in Acts