Acts of the Apostles
The fifth book of the N.T., written by St. Luke in Greek, ca. A.D. 63, which serves as the sequel to his Gospel. The work of the Hellenistic Church, it is written in the style of biographies of famous men, such as Alexander the Great and Hannibal, but is much closer to biblical histories, such as Kings and Maccabees. As a historical narrative, it seeks to chronicle the important events in the life of the early Church: the founding of the Church on Pentecost; the Holy Spirit's guidance of the Church's missionary activity; the preaching of Peter, Paul, and Barnabas; the persecution of the Christians; the miracles worked in confirmation of their faith; and the rapid expansion of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean world. Acts describes in detail the universal mission of the Church - in particular, God's desire to save and reconcile the world to Himself through His Son within the context of His Church; this divine will is in no way impeded by ethnic, linguistic, or cultural barriers. In this sense, it is apologetical as well as historical.
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