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What is Meant by the Historicity of Acts?

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Of what value is the Acts of the Apostles for the study of early Christianity? This question demands answers on two levels: of what value is Acts for our knowledge of Christianity near A.D.? And of what value is Acts for our knowledge of Christianity during the apostolic age? The latter is the focus of this chapter. Our query is about the historicity of Acts, that is, Acts' value for our knowledge of Christianity up through Paul. A survey of the secondary literature reveals three levels of argument about what and how, plus three specific issues crucially related to the matter of the historicity of Acts. The chapter describes these three levels and three issues in order to define as precisely as possible what one means when one speaks about the historicity of Acts.

Keywords: Apostles; early Christianity; historicity of Acts; secondary literature



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