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int-ch-09-acts - Reasons for Writing God controls history d...

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Adventure novel and history book Acts
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Luke-Acts written mid 80s CE d Second-generation Christianity d Strong mission to Gentiles, movement away from Jerusalem Date and Place
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General history of early Christianity d Celebrates accomplishments and heroes Christianity’s wild growth and acceptance Escapes and justification of founding apostles Blessings and success of early Christianity d Promotes central community for PR d Problem: How do modern historians evaluate and use ancient historiography? Genre
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To unify a church that was increasingly various d To demonstrate Christianity is no political threat d Convert Gentiles to a new faith d Show how Christianity, a predominantly Gentile religion, legitimately inherited God’s favor with Israel d Present a long-term mission strategy
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Unformatted text preview: Reasons for Writing God controls history d God keeps promises d God is faithful to Israel d Mission extends to Gentiles d Jerusalem at center d Generosity to poor d Jesus’ presence • By Holy Spirit • In preached word • In lives of followers • In use of Jesus’ name d Salvation • Jesus is Lord and Christ • Present liberation d Spirit’s power and presence Key Themes Preface, Ascension, and baptism by Spirit (1:1–2:13) d Peter’s speech (2:14–41) d Early church and Peter (2:42–8:1) d Expansion of church (8:2–12:23) d Paul’s first mission (13:1–14:28) d Paul’s second mission (15:36–18:22) d Paul’s third mission (18:23–21:14) d Paul, prisoner, to Rome (21:15–28:31) Outline...
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