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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Signs attributed to the apostles.
- 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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