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Why does Acts not mention the deaths of Peter and Paul?

The simplest answer--by far--is that Peter & Paul were still living when Acts was written. These two men (arguably along with James the Lord's brother) are the main characters of the book of Acts, ...
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When was Jesus made both Lord and Christ?

At birth, what titles did Jesus already possess? Luke 2:11 & 21 (NKJV) "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." "And when eight ...
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Acts 4:26, isn't the Christ himself the Lord?

Acts 4:25–26: 25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered ...
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Why does King James Bible Acts 12:4 say "Easter"?

In a sense, it's not wrong, but it's perhaps a bit anachronistic. The actual Greek in that verse says: ὃν καὶ πιάσας ἔθετο εἰς φυλακήν, παραδοὺς τέσσαρσιν τετραδίοις στρατιωτῶν φυλάσσειν αὐτόν, ...
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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?

The prevailing belief at the time was that the Messiah would overthrow Roman rule. If Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, it wouldn't be hard to connect the dots. However, Jesus made it quite clear that ...
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Why did the Jews refuse to kill Christ in John 18:31?

By the time of Jesus' crucifixion the Jewish Sanhedrin had lost the power to perform capital punishment without Rome's approval. This did not mean they could not execute criminals; it meant they had ...
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Are those Jesus' half brothers or step brothers mentioned in Acts 1:14?

We are not told. Jesus' brothers (and sisters!) are mentioned several times: Matt 13:55 - "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, ...
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In Acts 8:32–33 was the Ethiopian eunuch reading a Septuagint scroll or a Hebrew scroll?

Let me place these side-by-side for Acts 8:32, 33 from the BLB: ... He was led as a sheep to slaughter, and as a lamb before the one shearing him is silent, so He does not open His mouth. In His ...
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Why does Acts not mention the deaths of Peter and Paul?

It is not true that most scholars date the Book of Acts to after 80 AD. The majority of scholars date the composition of Acts to the period between the late 50s and mid-60s AD, with a minority dating ...
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Why did the apostles not adhere strictly to the instructions of the Lord concerning water baptism?

Acts 19:1-5 (DRB) And it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. 2 And he said to them: Have you ...
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Forgiveness of Christ

Peter speaks to a group that had gathered in Solomon's Portico in response to his healing a man who had been lame from birth. Only Jews were allowed in that particular area. He speaks of Jesus' ...
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Question regarding “baptism for the remission of sins” in Acts 2:38

The original Greek of the Nicene Creed says, "ὁμολογοῦμεν ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν" which means "we confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins." The word εἰς can be ...
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What was the name given in Acts 4:12? Was it the Tetragrammaton or the name ''Jesus''?

The answer to your question is in the text of scripture in verse 10 : Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ... etc [Acts 4:10 KJV] ...
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Why does King James Bible Acts 12:4 say "Easter"?

This is another of the inexplicable inconsistencies of the KJV. The NKJV has corrected this obvious anomaly. The Greek word πάσχα (pascha) is uniformly translated "Passover" with the ...
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What does the phrase "in His own authority" mean in Acts 1:7?

The simple answer is that the phrase addresses the nature of the authority behind the establishment of the times and seasons just mentioned. It tells us that these have come from God Himself. A more ...
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Where does Moses say the things which Paul attributes to him in Acts 26:22-23?

First, "Moses and the prophets", or sometimes, "the Law of Moses and the prophets", is a common hendiadys meaning what we now call the OT Hebrew scriptures. John 1:45, Luke 16:29, ...
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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?

Christianity is a threat to Judaism because it is taking believers away from them. The Jews did not have the jurisdiction to oppress Christianity, and they knew that the Romans authorities would not ...
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What is the author's purpose in writing Acts?

J. A. Alexander states the purpose of Acts in his commentary, as a special history of the planting and extension of the church, both among Jews and Gentiles...1 This, obviously, is the traditional ...
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Did the Hebrews spend time in Egypt for 400 or 430 years?

Abraham was 75 when he left Haran. This was The Promise, and the start of 430 years to the Exodus. 25 years later, Abraham is 100 years old and Isaac is born. We are now 25 years from The Promise 5 ...
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In Acts 2:6, was the miracle in the speaking or the hearing at Pentecost?

The important and critical verse is Acts 2:6 in this passage of v1 - 13. Acts 2:6 - And when this sound happened, the assembled multitude was bewildered because they were hearing them speaking, ...
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In Acts 28:31 sudden ending

The book of acts reads like a church report of progress at various stages beginning with Jesus sending out the disciples until the Gospel reached Rome. Each section concludes with a summary of the ...
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Are those Jesus' half brothers or step brothers mentioned in Acts 1:14?

These are the sons of Mary and they are true brothers to Jesus. It would not just be ambiguous to say : These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the ...
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Is there a contradiction between Hebrews 1:1-3 and Acts 21:8-11?

It appears to me that the OP's question is predicated on the assumption that divine revelation was complete with Jesus and there was nothing more to know about Him. This idea is explicitly refuted by ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

There's a good answer in Romans: Romans 6:3-5 RSV 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

The original is εις αφεσιν αμαρτιων - unto aphesis of sins . It is not 'for'. 'Unto' (εις ) denotes a progression. The same preposition is used in the gospels regarding John's baptism. The ritual, ...
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Acts 15:5 - Could Christians remain Pharisees?

Paul state after his conversion that he is still Pharisee on two occasions Acts 23:6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “...
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