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This is only a partial answer against the idea that the author inserted the 'we' references to give a false sense of closeness to the action. There are five passages which are written in the first person: 16:10-17, 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1-29, 28:1-16. Of these, 16:10-12, 20:5-6, 20:13-16, 21:1-8, 21:15-16, 27:1-29, 28:11-16 are travel narratives, not ...


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This is a question that a great many critical scholars have set out to answer, bearing in mind that, like all four New Testament Gospels, Acts was originally anonymous and the book makes no claim to authorship by a companion of Paul, other than in the occasional use of the first person in the narrative. As you suggest, this could have been a fictive device ...


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Question Restatement: Did the Jewish authorities in Israel have the authority to execute people? Answer: Absolutely. According to the texts, the Jews certainly had authority in Israel, including the power to execute--especially the Herodians, (Wikipedia Link). This is why Pilate sent Jesus to Herod's jurisdiction in the first place. Acts 12:19, ...


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The possibility of confusion seems slight. Everywhere that Luke refers to James son of Zebedee he is mentioned alongside his brother John (Luke 5:10, 6:14, 8:51, 8:54; Acts 1:13, 12:2). Richard Pervo (Hermeneia) also notes that: "Traditions about the martyrdom of the sons of Zebedee are relatively early."1 This is seen, for example, in Mark 10:39. By the ...


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Rather than taking the apparent coincidences at face value, I will try to put together the views of some critical scholars, along with my own conclusions. Scholars have long recognised that Paul wrote his epistles long before the first New Testament gospel (Mark) was written, so we should not think in terms of Paul acknowledging a gospel tradition about a ...


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The chronology of Acts only provides occasional points of reference for determining his timeline, and it's probable some of his narration is out of chronological order. Your question is specifically asking about the amount of time that has passed between Acts 2 and Acts 12. Acts 2 The events of Acts 1-2 are presented as taking place in the few months ...



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