During a seminary Scripture course in Acts, I was amazed to discover that the feast of Pentecost existed long before Christianity came on the scene. Until then, I presumed Pentecost was a Christian feast, limited to the phenomenon of the Holy Spirit’s arrival. To this day, Jews observe the feast... more
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Jesus’ first followers quickly experienced something they could never have imagined when they opted to make his faith their faith. Though they still did many of the things they did before they started listening... more
As I mentioned last week, we must be careful not to employ Luke’s Acts of the Apostles as an accurate historical record of the earliest Christian church. Luke’s a theologian, not an historian. His goal is not so much to tell us what happened as it is to give us the implications of what happened... more
One should be careful not to put a lot of trust in the historicity of the Acts of the Apostles. We’ve frequently seen how Luke is much more a theologian than a historian. For historical accuracy we turn to Paul’s letters, especially in those areas where the Apostle contradicts Acts.