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The second half of Luke's history of the church, which was commissioned by Theophilus. It covers the actions of the Apostles from Christ's ascension to heaven to Paul's imprisonment in Rome.

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I am reading Acts 3:17-23 (NIV) and I am trying to understand why it seems like the writer is discussing Jesus, but also a Messiah other than Jesus [closed]

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would ...
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Does Acts 21:20–26 tell us that it is OK for a Christian Jew to continue to observe Jewish rituals?

Does Acts 21:20–26 tell us that it is OK for a Christian Jew to continue to observe Jewish rituals? Paul's letter to the Galatians tells us that Gentile Christians do not need to keep the Law of Moses ...
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In Acts 8:32–33 was the Ethiopian eunuch reading a Septuagint scroll or a Hebrew scroll?

Texts are listed below for reference. Acts written in Greek and the Septuagint (LXX) are word for word the same but is this enough evidence to say the Ethiopian read from the LXX. Phillip probably ...
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Why was it Abagus who prophesied about Paul's arrest in Acts 21:11?

We are told that Paul stayed with Philip the evangelist who had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. Acts 21:8-9 NLT Then we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, ...
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Why are Phillip's unmarried daughters mentioned in acts 21?

Acts 21:9 He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. Why are there 4? And why are they unmarried? And why are they included in the Scripture? Seems like a fun family, but a bit of jarring ...
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Acts 2:4: Should the Greek word 'glossa' translated as 'tongues' be interpreted to mean known languages?

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4 KJV). From a Greek Interlinear translation I see that the Greek word ‘...
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Should the Greek word "euanggelidzo" in Act 5:42 be translated as evangelize instead of preach?

To underscore the unique anointed ministry of Evangelists as one of the legitimate 5-fold ministries in Christianity alongside pastors, (Eph. 4:11) should the verb, "euangelidzo," be ...
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Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them” forgive or tolerate? Hermeneutics and Atonement

The text at hand: “Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭23‬:‭34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ Many English translations still ...
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Did the Ethiopian eunuch receive the Holy Spirit when Philip baptised him?

In the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40), the story ended without telling whether the Ethiopian eunuch received the Holy Spirit. In an earlier account about Philip in Samaria (...
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What kind of baptism was administered in Acts 16:33?

Acts 16:33 KJV And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. It is said the jailer together with his family were all baptized ...
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What is Acts 11:28 and Luke 2:1 referring to with the greek word "οἰκουμένην"?

I'm just curious as to what Luke is referring to here. Is he referring to "the world" or "the inhabited land" as the whole Roman Empire or only the province of Judaea? Now in ...
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Why would the Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost be different to other occasions when people received the Holy Spirit?

In Acts 2:3, the Holy Spirit came what seemed to be tongues of fire: 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. This observable phenomenon only ...
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Acts 2:38 vs Matthew 28:20- "In" vs "On" - By what nuance of meaning would Jesus use εἰς (eis) in Matthew while Peter would use ἐπί (epi) in Acts

By what nuance of meaning, in context, would Jesus use εἰς (eis) in Matthew and while Peter would use ἐπί (epi) in Acts? In Matthew 28:19, Jesus instructs his disciples regarding the nations, that ...
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Why couldn't Agrippa and Festus just free Paul?

In Acts 26, Paul offered his defense before Festus and Agrippa. Afterwards, they both realize that he's innocent. From verses 30 - 32, The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those ...
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Why does The Holy Spirit snatch Philip away immediately after Philip shares The Gospel with the Ethiopian Bureaucrat Eunuch Government Official?

Acts 8:34-40 New American Standard Bible 1995 34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his ...
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Death penalty allowed the Jews after the death of Jesus

In Acts 26:10 Paul says, Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave ...
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What did Paul mean when he said 'I Have Done Nothing against the Customs of our Fathers?" Acts 28:17

The Book of Acts relates that when Paul was brought to Rome: After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews; and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brethren, though I had ...
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How was Philip's testimony established in Samaria, Acts 8:5-6?

Acts 8:5-6 NASB Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the [d]Christ to them. 6 The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what was being said by Philip, as they heard ...
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What does Peter mean by "peace" in Acts 10:36?

As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), (Acts 10:36, ESV) τὸν ⸆ λόγον ⸀[ὃν] ἀπέστειλεν τοῖς υἱοῖς Ἰσραὴλ εὐαγγελιζόμενος εἰρήνην ...
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Word Study: G5546: Χριστιανός Christianós

The word Christian is used 3 times in the bible. Two are from Luke listed below. And, the third from Peter in his first letter. Acts 11:26 (KJV) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch....
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Who did the apostles know as their and their forefathers’ God in Acts 3:13? [closed]

Acts 3:13 ASV The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had ...
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Acts 7:51-53 - What does Stephen allude to when he said "as your fathers -also ye" (v 51b), killing prophet (s) or not keeping the law?

Acts 7:51-53 You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And ...
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Question about the Jewish Law [closed]

I’m not sure if this is the proper channel to really ask this question, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway. Please help me the best that you can. I’m a Christian who has recently converted. I have ...
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"the Holy Spirit" vs. "the Spirit" in Acts 2:4 -What are the meaning and reference differences?

Can the Holy Spirit, the Person, be a "medium" (be filled with) and an "agent" (gave the utterance) at the same time? English translations added "the" and capitalized the ...
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Koine Greek: Is the writing style of Luke the same as Acts?

The authorship of the first two chapters and last two verses of Luke and Acts are contested because they were not part of Marcion's Canon. Does the writing style in those disputed texts match the ...
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1 Cor 13:8b-19 - what is meant by "the perfect comes" and "the partial will pass away"? [duplicate]

There are two different interpretations: The Cessation view: Based on the biblical and church historical records: "the perfect" refers to completion of the canon of Scripture; "partial ...
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Can "full of sweet wine" (Acts 2:13) be viewed as an assessment by not -understanding "others" of the message or its sound of "speaking in tongues?

Text: Acts 2:13 (YTL) "And others mocking said, They are full of sweet wine."
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Forgiveness of Christ

On the cross, Jesus said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 ESV) Was Jesus referring to the Jews that Peter was talking about in Acts 3:17? And now, brothers, I ...
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Acts 21 vs. Galatians and Corinthians. Did Paul live according to the Jewish Law? [duplicate]

Acts 21 seems to show Paul participating in a Temple ritual to demonstrate that he himself lived "in obedience to the law" and that there was no truth in reports that he told Jewish ...
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Must Acts 13:21 mean that Saul reigned 40 years?

Acts 13:21 is usually taken to mean that Saul reigned 40 years. However, some hold that the forty years are to include Samuel's time on the scene before Saul's reign began. Here are the revelant ...
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Do Acts 9:17 and Ephesians 5:18-21 present different "methods" to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

Method 1: 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you ...
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Was "δεισιδαιμονεστέρους" truly used in a positive sense in Greek writing, and if so, where? [As found in Acts 17:22]

In Acts 17:22, there is the question of whether we should understand the word "δεισιδαιμονεστέρους" as "very superstitious" or as "very religious". Then Paul stood in ...
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Is the sign in Isaiah 66:19 the Holy Spirit?

Isaiah 66:19 NASB And I will put a sign among them and send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, [k]Put, Lud, [l]Meshech, Tubal, and [m]Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither ...
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Is Paul implying in Acts 19:2 that the reception of the Holy Spirit for the first time is a self-evident experience for the new believer?

Acts 19:1-2 (NASB) Now it happened that while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy ...
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What is the difference between "receiving the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:14-20; 19:1-7) and "being filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 9:17; 4:31)?

Context of "receiving the Holy Spirit": 14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for ...
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Please identify the grammatical subject(s) of Acts 20:11

Acts 20:7-11 reads (NKJV, emphasis added): Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his ...
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In Acts 9:28, what is the meaning of "coming in and going out" (NKJV)?

In Acts 9:26-28, we read (NKJV, emphasis mine): And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But ...
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Will everyone who calls on the Lord be saved or Not?

English Standard Version MT 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. AC 2:21, RO 10:13 And it ...
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Why did Peter dedicate his first book to those who are 'strangers'? (1Peter1.1) Was Peter different to the other apostles, and aware of it?

Does the linguistic trope 'strangers' hold implications regarding inner nature of certain biblical characters? If Jesus blessed Peter could he have opened Peter's eyes to his (base) nature in need of ...
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What's the purpose of fasting and prayer in Acts 14:23?

Acts 14:21-23 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the ...
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When Paul said "for all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Romans 8:14), did he have something like Acts 16:6-10 in mind?

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the ...
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What is the difference between having the spiritual gift of prophecy and being a prophet?

In 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14 the Apostle Paul talks about the spiritual gift of prophecy and also about prophets, and he seems to use both terms interchangeably: 10 to another the working of ...
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Is there a contradiction between Hebrews 1:1-3 and Acts 21:8-11?

Note: this question is inspired by this answer. Some cite Hebrews 1:1-3 to argue that Jesus Christ was the ultimate special revelation from God, and that the office of prophet was thus rendered ...
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Did Paul preach in Titius Justus' house? (Acts 18:7-8)

Did Paul preach in Titius Justus' house? Acts 18:5-8 (ESV) 5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And ...
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What does “put at the apostles’ feet” mean in Acts 4:32-5:2?

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify ...
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is there a contradiction between Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 2:38?

Matthew 28:18-20 - implies baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. ...
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Why does the KJV translate Acts 5:24 the way it does?

KJV Acts 5 : 24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Acts 5:24 ESV: Now when the captain ...
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The Whole Church?

Acts 5:11 (ESV): And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Acts 15:22 (ESV): Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to ...
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How do we reconcile Romans 3:11 with Acts 17

We compare: ‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:11‬: There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; Acts 17:27: that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not ...
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Is there a contradiction between 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Acts 16:6-10?

I've heard cessationist arguments quoting Paul's teaching in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, to the effect that we have everything we need in the Bible, and that nothing beyond the Bible is required, given that ...
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