The Book of Acts: A Historical Analysis

This timeline presents a Historical and Theological overview of the Book of Acts.

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Jesus' Death & Resurrection

Jesus was cruxified, died, was buried, and rose again...(Luke 23-24)

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Authorship of Acts

Acts is typically attributed to Luke, the author of the Gospel of Luke. Writing to Theophilus in Rome, Luke recounts the journey that ensued to bring the good news of Jesus Christ from Jerusalem to Rome.

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Jesus' Acension - The Beginning of Acts

As Jesus ascends to heaven, He leaves with a mighty declaration that the news of His saving function would be brought to the whole world...

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12 apostles Established

The twelve apostles are established, they now include: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon, Judas (son of James), and Matthias.

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Day of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost that is described in Acts 2 is quite significant in the establishment of the early church...

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Speaking in Many Languages

As the Holy Spirit descends, the disciples begin speaking in many languages....

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Peter's Sermon to the crowd

Acts 2: 14-47

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Prophecy about Christ from Old Testament

One of the main theological themes of Acts is the assertion that Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy about how people would be saved....

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Peter and John Arrested by the Sanhedrin

Many had come to believe from hearing Peter and John preach, however they were arrested and brought before the rulers and elders and the High Priest in Jerusalem...

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Sharing within the Jersusalem church

The early church believed that their belongings were common property...

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Apostles Perform Many Miracles

Due to the power God has bestowed upon them through the Holy Spirit, the apostles continue to preach and share what they have experienced of Jesus....

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7 Church Deacons Chosen

As church members grew in numbers, it became obvious that another group of leaders ware necessary....

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Stephen's ministry and death

Stephen's ministry was very influential, he performed wonders and signs and it was well received by many...

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Saul in Jerusalem

Saul of Tarsus is introduced in the last lines of Acts as he stands by and watches Stephen being stoned to death....

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Philip in Samaria and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Philip travelled to Samaria where he continued to preach about salvation through Jesus and the kingdom of God...

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Conversion of Saul

Saul was an avid persecutor of those belonging to "the Way"....

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Saul teaches that Jesus is the Son of God

After his remarkable conversion, Saul begins teaching that Jesus is the Son of God...

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Persecution Ceases & Jerusalem Church Grows

The Jerusalem church enjoys a period of growth....

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Saul teaches in Cilicia and Syria for 5 years

Paul stays near Tarsus until Barnabas comes for him from Antioch...

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Peter's Ministry & Cornelius' Vision

Peter travels and performs miracles....

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Acceptance of Gentiles

James' vision regarding the Gentile people is a remarkable advance in the mission of bringing the good news...

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Church at Antioch

Those spread during the persecutions begin gathering near Antioch...

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James Beheaded, Peter Imprisoned

Herod persecuted Christians, beheading James and arresting Peter...

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Death of Herod

Herod was struck down by an angel of the Lord and died for not giving God the glory when his constituents were insisting he was a god and not a man...

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First Missionary Journey

Antioch, Seleucia, Cyprus, Icondium, Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe...

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Paul's Ministry on 1st Journey

Paul begins introducing the Gospel message to an increasing number of Gentiles....

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The Jerusalem Council

A council is gathered to decide what, if any, restrictions or regulations should be enacted with Gentile believers....

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Second Missionary Journey

Paul takes his second missionary journey ...

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Paul Preaches at the Areopagus in Athens

Paul is gifted in reaching various members of his audiences....

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Letters to the Thessalonians Written

Paul writes 1 & 2 Thessalonians from Corinth because he was unable to spend much time with them on his journey.

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Third Missionary Journey

Paul makes his third missionary journey...

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Letter to the Galatians written

Paul writes the letter to the Galatians

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Letters to the Corinthians Written

Paul writes the letters to the Corinthian churches from Ephesus.

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Letter to the Romans Written

Paul writes his letter to the Romans from Corinth.

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Paul arrested in Jerusalem

Paul was arrested in Jerusalem and imprisioned in Caesarea and Rome where he was able to continue limited apostolic work.

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Captivity Epistles

Paul writes his letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon during his two-year captivity in Rome.

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Letters to Timothy and Titus Written

Paul writes his letters to Timothy and Titus, while in Rome, shortly before his death.

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Paul executed in Rome

The exact date and cause of Paul's death is unknown. Tradition holds that he was beheaded in Rome sometime during the reign of Nero.

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