RE. Acts of the Apostles. Structure

Structure of Acts.

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Why is structure of Acts difficult to analyse?

  • Detail varies.
  • Sometimes one verse will cover many miles.
  • Sometimes no detail is given of a visit.
  • Sometimes events are described in great detail.
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Give an example of when one verse will cover many

  • 18:22
  • Paul's Second Missionary Journey.
  • Paul landed in Caesarea and then in the same verse departed for Antioch.
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Give an example when no detail is given of a visit

  • 19:1
  • Paul's third missionary journey.
  • Apollos was in Corinth while Paul was visting some places on the way to Ephesus.
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Give an example of an event described in great det

  • 15
  • Nearly an entire chapter is devoted to the issue of non-jews.
  • Should they be circumcised and what rules should they live by (food offered to idols, animals that have been strangled, sexual sin.)
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Explain the theory that the structure of Acts can

  • Based on the pattern of Jesus' command (Acts 1:8).
  • Jerusalem (1-7)
  • Judea + Samaria (8-12)
  • Rome, the centre of the world (13-28)
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Explain the theory that Acts is structured into 2

  • Peter (Centured in Jerusalem) 1-12
  • Paul (centured in Anitoch) 13-28
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Explain the parallels between Peter and Paul's min

  • Missionary to Jews - Missionary to Gentiles
  • Jerusalem - Antioch/Gentile world
  • Speech at Pentecost - Speech as Pisidian Antioch
  • Healing of lame man - Healing of lame man
  • Judgement of Ananias + Sapphira - Judgement of Elymas
  • Escape from Jerusalem jail - escape from Phillipi jail
  • Raising of Dorcas - Raising of Eutychus
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How is the theory of Acts being divided into 2 par

  • Does not take into account the material in Acts which has nothing to do with Peter or Paul
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Describe the theory based on the parallels bewteen

  • Smith
  • Importance of Jerusalem
  • Arranged in the form of journeys
  • End with the account of trails
  • Pattern of rejection of Jesus and his teaching religious authorities.
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How is the theory of parallels between the gospel

  • Based on the theory that Luke is the author of both texts.
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Explain the theory of summaries.

  • Summaries which occur at intervals throughout both books.
  • Lifestyle
  • Possessions
  • Signs attributed to the apostles.
  • Progress
  • Teaching and preaching
  • Expansion of the church as the Word of God.
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Why do some believe that the structure is influenc

  • 'we' passages
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How could Acts be structured around the Word of Go

  • Phrase comments on the further expansion of the Church.
  • After the appointment of "The Seven."
  • After Antioch became an important centre for mission.
  • When the Church as Jerusalem was having problems.
  • After the success of Paul's missionary journeys.
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