Acts

How did Acts get into the Bible? What is the History of Acts? I.E. who wrote Acts, why is it in the Bible, what is the Higher Critical and Literary views of Acts?

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...Jesus as the messianic fulfillment of the promise of earlier prophets (3:22ff).
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<br><br>The Book of Acts is the only continuous narrative we have of the Church's early history in the New Testament. In particular, it focuses on the missionary journeys of Paul (originally known as Saul), who is introduced as a persecutor of the ministry (8:3), but after his miracle on the road to Damascus (9:3) and his conversion to Christianity, he becomes a leading Church figure.
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<br><br>From a literary perspective, the events of Paul's ministry are vividly and dramatically described. The description of Paul's conversion (Acts 9) is one of the best known New Testament stories. These and other events are ones that a companion of Paul would not have been witness to, and therefore, the author either employed a considerable degree of writer's licence, or was able to draw upon existing stories or accounts. Paul himself gives a somewhat dull reference to the 'road to Damascus' event in his own writings, saying that "[Christ] appeared also to me" (1 Corinthians 15:8).
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<br><br>The speeches, which are interspersed with a chronological account of the church after the death of Jesus, are crafted in the 'high art' of the Greek oratory tradition, and attribute a considerable degree of eloquence to Paul. It may well have been the case, of course, that Paul possessed advanced oratory skills, which is why he played such a prominent role as a missionary for the early Church. However, it is unlikely that a record of these speeches existed for the author to draw upon, unless they are to be found in certain writings of Paul that were not preserved in the epistles. It is ...