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The Acts of the Apostles is not history.Acts was long thought to be a first-century document, and its author Luke to be a disciple of Paul—thus an eyewitness or acquaintance of eyewitnesses to nascent Christianity. Acts was considered history, pure and simple. But the Acts Seminar, a decade-long collaborative project by scholars affiliated with the Westar Institute, concluThe Acts of the Apostles is not history.Acts was long thought to be a first-century document, and its author Luke to be a disciple of Paul—thus an eyewitness or acquaintance of eyewitnesses to nascent Christianity. Acts was considered history, pure and simple. But the Acts Seminar, a decade-long collaborative project by scholars affiliated with the Westar Institute, concluded that dates from the second century. That conclusion directly challenges the view of Acts as history and raises a host of new questions, addressed in this final report.The Acts Seminar began deliberations in 2001, with the task of going through the canonical Acts of the Apostles from beginning to end and evaluating it for historical accuracy. More information about the Acts Seminar is available on the official book page....

Title : Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report
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ISBN : 9781598151350
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report Reviews

  • Andrew Lucas
    2019-03-18 17:15

    This book is what it claims to be - a report by the fellows of the Acts Seminar (a follow-up of the Jesus Seminar). As such it identifies and discusses, at a high level, the findings of their studies, papers and the like. It is highly readable and understandable by a layperson such as myself, but others will possibly criticise it for not being particularly academic in its approach. The report proceeds sequentially through the Book of Acts, providing an (often idiosyncratic) translation of a passage, followed by commentary, and "A Search for History". Interspersed are essays by some of the Seminar's scholars, which are frequently illuminating. Their conclusion - that Acts is an early 2nd Century document, based loosely on Paul's letters, with very little historical reliability - leaves us to search further as to the true origins of Christianity.