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Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report
Smith, Dennis E. and Joseph B. Tyson, editors

Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2013 pp. xii + 370. $29.00


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 Paulóthus 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches

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Review by Susana Funsten
Published 4/10/2015
Citation: Susana Funsten, review of Dennis E. Smith and Joseph B. Tyson, eds., Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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