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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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Translating & interpreting the text of Acts 2:41

The text of Acts 2.41. The verse has two independent statements: They were baptized ... and Souls were added. Seems to me that this verse says nothing about how many actually received Peter's message ...
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Acts Chronological Timeline

Where can I find an accurate chronological timeline that includes the events of the Book of Acts, Paul's letters, and (also it would be nice) connections with Classical Roman history? I see many ...
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Does the YHWH reference in Acts 2:34 refer to the Trinity or to the Father?

Previous questions have asked: - Who are the two "Lords" in Acts 2:34? - What does "The LORD said to my Lord" mean in Psalm 110? - What is Jesus' purpose in asking about Psalm 110? ...
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Why were Ananias and Sapphira not given a chance to repent? Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:1-11 (ESV): But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of ...
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Is Acts 4:29-31 an example of earnestly desiring spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:31, 14:1)?

Acts 4:29-31 (ESV) 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and ...
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What clue does Apollos 'knew only the baptism of John,' provide about his subsequent change and impact on the church after meeting Priscilla & Aquila?

Text: Acts 18: 24 -28 (ESV) Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And ...
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With what writings was Apollos mighty?

Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. The word usually rendered here as "scriptures" is γραφαῖς (...
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In Acts 10 why does Peter not know the gospel is not only for the Jewish people?

According to Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15 and Luke 24:24, the apostles were told to preach the gospel to all nations. Why did Peter need a vision to find this out again? Why did they avoid gentiles up to ...
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Why was Barnabas singled out for mention in Acts 4?

Acts 4:32-37: 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. With great power the apostles continued to ...
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How long did Saul reign?

In 1 Samuel 13:1 (BPT09) Saul era de meia-idade, quando se tornou rei de Israel e reinou cerca de vinte anos. which translates to: Saul was middle-aged when he became king of Israel and reigned for ...
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When did Paul's repentance (i.e., change of heart) and salvation occur? On the road to Damascus, or only after being baptized in Damascus?

The traditional way in which any Israelite was to be saved, was to first repent (and be baptized) as evidenced in both the preaching of John the Baptist (Mark 1:4,15) and that of Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:...
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Exactly when did Paul repent... before or after he was saved?

There is absolutely no question that Paul did repent (i.e., had a change of direction in his heart), as is clearly attested to in scripture. Therefore, the question being raised isn't really an issue ...
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How did the Jewish exorcists of Acts 19:13 cast out demons before they undertook to invoke the name of Jesus?

Acts 19:13 informs us about the existence of iterant Jewish exorcists who, inspired by Paul, decided to undertake the practice of invoking Jesus' name to cast out demons, probably because they wanted ...
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Is the 480 years mentioned in 1 Kings 6 accurate?

1 Kings 6:1 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in ...
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Does Acts 15:18 constitute the end of the Amos 9:11-12 quote, or the beginning of James' response to it?

Acts 15:13-21 ESV translation: After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. ...
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Jerusalem council of Acts 15: James exegesis of Amos 9 specifically "After this I will return"

When James cited Amos 9:11-12 in defense of his decision, he deliberately changed the words “In that day I will raise up" to "After this I will return". Is James rendering of "After this I will return"...
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Was Acts 2:17 intended to be a statement for all time or only its immediate context?

Acts 2:17 "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Was this ...
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In Acts 2:42-47, why did the new Christians "sell their possessions, distributing the proceeds to all"?

For what purpose did "they devote themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship" AND "sell their possessions, distributing the proceeds to all"? Was it due to a famine or ...
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Was the power they received in Matthew 10 different from the one they received in Acts 2?

Christ gives power to the disciples to cast out demons and heal the sick which was prior to the giving of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 10:1 KJV 1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, ...
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Which is the event referred to by Jesus in Acts 1:7?

We read of a post- Resurrection conversation between Jesus and his disciples in Acts 1:6-8 ( NIV): Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the ...
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Question regarding “baptism for the remission of sins” in Acts 2:38

Background information: The Nicene Creed declares: “We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” However, while doing research into this subject, I found this quote from the Lion Book of ...
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In Acts 4:4, did 5000 additional men believe, or was that the total number of men believers?

In Acts 2:41,we are told that three thousand people became believers in Christ in a single day. It appears that number included men, women, and children since the World English Bible (WEB) says, ...
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Does "Lord" in the NT, after the Gospels, predominantly refer to Jesus, except for when the OT is in view? (Limiting to Acts 1-5 for now)

Does "Lord" in Acts 1-5 predominantly refer to Jesus, except for when the OT is in view? (Am strictly interested in when kurios is used to refer to divinity.) [I am ultimately interested in ...
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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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Significance of Paul's conversation with the Tribune in Acts 22:26-28

In Acts 22, Paul is about to be flogged, but mentions to a centurion that he is a Roman citizen. The centurion gets the tribune in charge of the situation and brings him to Paul, and this conversation ...
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In Romans 1:16 why does Paul say "to the Jew first"?

KJV Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. I am looking for a very ...
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Appointment of Matthias in Acts 1:15-26 - right, wrong, prescriptive?

Matthias is appointed as an apostle in Acts 1:15-26. It seems significant that Luke inserts this story in his narrative after the disciples are instructed by Jesus to wait, but before the Holy Spirit ...
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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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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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How did Paul "see that someone had faith" in Acts 14?

How did Paul see that the crippled man had faith to make him well? What does this mean? Acts 14:8-10 ESV Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth ...
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What is the meaning of the author of life?

Acts 3:15 (NIV) You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. What is the meaning of the author of life? How can the author of life be killed? Isn't that a ...
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Is there a conflict between these 3 verses - Galatians 1:18-20 & 2:1-2 & Acts 9:26-32?

background Paul asserts in Galatians 1:18-20 that he saw none of the apostles except Cephas and James the Lord's brother. Acts 9:26-30 (27) But Barnabas brings Paul to the apostles and brought to the ...
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What is the "baptism of John" described in Acts 18:25?

Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to ...
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What kind of magic did Simon practice? Acts 8:9-24

Acts 8:9-24 (ESV) 9 But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. 10 They all paid ...
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Why were Peter and John needed to lay hands on Samaritans when Philip was there?

Acts 8 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the ...
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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 language(s) would the Jewish Christians in the various Macedonian cities have spoken?

In Acts 16-18, Paul is shown moving from city to city in Macedonia - e.g. Phillipi, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth - many of to whom he would later write letters. Acts 17:2 explains that it was his ...
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What did the Jewish exorcists do wrong in Acts 19:13

In Acts 19, there were a few traveling Jews that had heard Paul was removing demons by the name of Jesus, so they attempted to do the same: "Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took ...
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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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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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Was Stephen put to death by legal execution or a lynch mob?

Previous discussion on the site This is a follow up to the question: In the time of Jesus, were the Jewish authorities allowed to execute? - the selected & most upvoted answer concludes: The only ...
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Acts 2:27 - Did Jesus’ body not experience decay while it lie in the sepulcher?

In Acts 2:27, it is written, Acts 2:27 27 For You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor will You [a]allow Your [b]Holy One to [c]undergo decay.New American Standard Bible. La Habra: Foundation ...
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Acts 6:3 -Does a person full of "the Spirit" still need wisdom?

What does the men "full of (the)Spirit mean,"full of the Holy Spirit? Can the men full of "the Spirit" (=the Holy Spirit) as rendered in all Eng. Translations,lack anything? (In ...
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In Acts 22:5, what authority did Paul have to destroy Christians?

[Act 22:5 NLT] (5) The high priest and the whole council of elders can testify that this is so. For I received letters from them to our Jewish brothers in Damascus, authorizing me to bring the ...
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Which law did Peter allude to in Acts 10:28?

Luke 7:2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his ...
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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 does King James Bible Acts 12:4 say "Easter"?

King James Bible Acts 12:4 And when he [Herod] had apprehended him [Peter], he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him ...
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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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What is the scope of Peter’s statement in Acts 10:35?

In Acts 10:35 Peter says that “in every nation the man who fears [God] and does what is right is welcome to Him.” What is the scope of his statement here, specifically as it pertains to the word, “...
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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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