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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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How do scholars reconcile Acts 4:12 with Mtt 1:23?

We hear St Peter testifying before the Sadducees , of the authority under which he had healed a lame man, in Acts 4:10-12: ....by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom ...
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What/who did the Israelites not obey in Acts 7:37-39?

Did they disobey Moses, Jesus, or the oracles? Acts 7 (BLB) - 37 This is the Moses having said to the sons of Israel, 'God will raise up for you a prophet like me out from your brothers.' 38 This is ...
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Whats the reasoning behind the "understands" vs "hears" in Acts 22:9 and Acts 9:7?

In Acts 22:9 (NASB): "And those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me." And Acts 9:7 (NASB): "The men who traveled with him ...
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In Acts 2-42-47, where were the places the first Christians in Jerusalem gathered, and what were they doing?

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs ...
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Why did the Jews refuse to kill Christ in John 18:31?

John 18:31 ESV: Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” In the above text the Jews refused ...
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Why was healing power attributed to St Peter's shadow?

We read in Acts 5:15: As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. We are not told ...
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Were the seven men in Acts 6:3 Deacons or just godly men?

Seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, were appointed to minister neglected Greek widows. It is traditionally believed that those men were the first appointed Deacons of the ...
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What does "boulen/will" mean in Acts 20:27?

Acts 20:27 NIV "For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God". [boulen/will] My emphasis. Is the "will" of God here a statement of who will go to heaven and ...
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Acts 1:9-12: Is Jesus' ascent to Heaven literal sky or something else?

Acts 1:9-12 tells us that Jesus ascended into Heaven: Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked ...
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Which are the Biblical references summarising early Christian Community life? [closed]

Text of a Sunday School lesson speaks of four Greek terms that summarize early Christian community life. The words are: Koinonia meaning Fellowship; Diaconia meaning Service; Kerygma meaning ...
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What does Acts 15:29 imply?

If the laws about blood are no longer applied in the New Testament, why did James advised abstaining from blood in Acts 15:29? You must abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the ...
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Is Peter's original denial of Christ Jesus the only time that Peter denied Jesus? [closed]

The New Testament, all of the gospels including other gospels not recorded in the New Testament - are there other denials by Peter?
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What does Luke mean in Acts 1:1 when he says "all things"?

In Acts 1:1 Luke says he wrote "concerning all things" that Jesus did and taught. Acts 1:1 (ESV): In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach We ...
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Acts 7:51 What does it mean to be both "uncircumcised in heart and ears"?

What does it mean to be both "uncircumcised in heart and ears"? In Acts 7 Stephen gives a speech where he says in Acts 7:51 NKJV: 51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! ...
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Why God sent Isaiah to make people dull, deaf and blind lest they turn back and be healed?

I was surprised when in Isa 6:9-10, following the often cited passage about Isaiah's famous vision in Isa 6:1-4, his purification with coal in Isa 6:5--7, and Isaiah's famous offer in Isa 6:8 ...
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Why did some Jews who didn't believe in Jesus easily perceive his message as an attempt to forcefully declare himself a king and compete with Caesar?

Acts 17:1-7 New International Version In Thessalonica When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was ...
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If Paul was raised at the feet of Gamaliel, why did he persecute the church?

Acts 22:3 I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city (Jerusalem). At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God. In Acts 5 ...
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How long (as in weeks, months, years) did Paul persecute the Church for? Is there an estimated timeframe that is agreed upon by most theologians?

Did Paul persecute the Church for years, or was the timeframe shorter, as in months? What do most scholars believe regarding this? Acts 8:3 (BLB) - But Saul was destroying the church. Entering houses ...
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What was blasphemy from Paul's perspective before his conversion?

Acts 26:11 New English Translation I punished[a] them often in all the synagogues[b] and tried to force[c] them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged[d] at them, I went to persecute[e] ...
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What does "Sabbaths" mean in Acts 13:14 and 16:13?

During Paul's first missionary journey, he preaches in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia: Acts 13:14 (ESV) but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day [...
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Understanding the Paradox: God's Visibility and Invisibility in Romans 1:18-25 and Acts 17:22-31?

Romans 1:18-25 ESV 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about ...
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Does "most excellent Theophilus" mean more than just a greek person's name?

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus. The etomology of theophilus means &...
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Paul’s Encounter

Is there any historical evidence to date around what time Paul encountered Jesus? I’ve heard it said that he acually encountered him in 37 AD when Jesus m was still alive (granted, I’m pretty sure, ...
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Does any historical precedent suggest that the Romans would tolerate Paul's crusade in Acts 9:1-2, because he got a Jewish priest's approval?

Q. Does any historical precedent suggest that the Romans would tolerate Paul's crusade in Acts 9:1-2, because he got a Jewish priest's approval? [Act 9:1-2 NASB95] [1] Now Saul, still breathing ...
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In 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, why does Paul not mention the appearance to Stephen in Acts 7:55-56?

Q. In 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, why does Paul not mention the appearance to Stephen in Acts 7:55-56? [1Co 15:5-8 NASB95] [5] and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. [6] After that He appeared ...
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Does Acts 1:7 imply that Jesus knew the hour?

[T]hey (the disciples) gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

Acts 2:38 KJV Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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What is the reason why some disciples have not even heard that there is a holy spirit in Acts 19:2?

Acts 19:2 Literal Standard Version he said to them, “Having believed, did you receive the Holy Spirit?” And they said to him, “But we did not even hear whether there is any Holy Spirit” What are the ...
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Who did the laying of hands in Acts 13:3?

In Acts 13:3, it writes: So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. This is talking about Paul and Barnabas being commissioned to a certain ministry. Is ...
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How are we to interpret the prohibition against eating blood in Acts 15:20 as far as the Christian Era goes?

Prohibition in O.T. Several passages in the Old Testament strongly prohibit the "eating of blood and fat." ...you must not eat flesh with life, that is to say, blood in it. (Genesis 9:4-5) ...
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Why did witnesses lay aside their cloaks at Saul's feet?

Acts 7:58 When they had driven him (Stephen) out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul (who later became Saint Paul)
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What is the meaning of "saved" in Acts 15:1?

I understand that there are different contexts and usages of saved. What is the meaning in this one? But certain ones having come down from Judea were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are ...
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Is it correct to translate *dexiolaboi* as 'spearmen' in Acts 23:23?

There is no dispute about the Greek noun δεξιολαβος dexiolaboi in Acts 23:23, and all translations I have access to have rendered it as 'spearmen'. A query only arises due to the number of them, ...
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What is ἐμπνέων telling us about Paul in Acts 9:1?

ἐμπνέων ... Present active participle of old and common verb. Not “breathing out,” but “breathing in” (inhaling) as in Aeschylus and Plato or “breathing on” (from Homer on). -- Robertson, A. T. (1933)...
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Was Jesus given power (Acts 10:38)

And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. (Acts 10:...
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How was Ananias a liar?

Acts 5:7-10 (NIV): "About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “...
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What did Stephen mean when he said: “the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands?”

In Acts 7:44-50 we read: 44 Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After ...
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Acts 21:36 different sentiment in NLT

I most commonly read out of NKJV & NLT . I’m reading through Acts 21 when verse 36 sticks out to me how almost every other translation reads “Away with him!” Yet NLT reads “Kill Him, Kill, Him” ...
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Was the breaking of bread in Acts 20:7 a recurring activity that the disciples did every first day and was this a church service?

Does the text reveal whether this event was a one-time activity.
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Why did the Jews accept the Synagogue built by a non-Jew in Luke 7:4?

Luke 7:4 KJV And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he [the Centurion] was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a ...
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Did Jesus's body decay while in the grave? (Acts 13:34)

We see in multiple passages that his body did not experience decay: Acts 13:35-37: 35 So also, He says in another Psalm: ‘You will not let Your Holy One see decay.’ 36 For when David had served God’s ...
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Anyone aware of any ancient source material regarding casting lots?

Is anyone aware of any ancient source material regarding the biblically described practice of casting lots, including when it was used by the first Christians to replace Judas? Most Google search ...
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Does Paul have the holy spirit? [closed]

Yes Romans 9:1 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit Acts 13:9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked ...
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Does the Greek word anēr mean man (adult male) or male (male of any age)? [closed]

Bible verse 14 And increasingly believers in the Lord, large numbers of men (ἀνήρ, G435) and women, were being added to their number, (Acts 5:14, NASB20) (Greek word study for anēr [ἀνήρ, G435]) The ...
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Why does Acts not mention the deaths of Peter and Paul?

As far as we know, Peter and Paul died in Rome in the mid 60s. According to most scholars the Book of Acts is dated to 80+, sometimes as late as 120. Given how often the book mentions Peter and ...
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What was the purpose of laying hands on the seven in Acts 6:6

After an uproar concerning the feeding of the widows the Apostles chose seven men to take care of that ministry KJV Acts 6 : 1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, ...
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Saul and Persecution

Acts 8:1-3 NIV 1 On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and ...
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How did the believers reach Damascus in the first place?

Acts 9 tells us Paul went to Damascus to persecute the followers of the Way. But in previous Chapter (Acts 8) We read that they had fled to Samaria and Judea following Stephen's death. Now those two ...
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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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