The fifth book of the New Testament, giving an account of the lives of the apostles after Jesus' death and resurrection, and the development of the early church.

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Who bought the Field of Blood, Judas or the Priests?

This is similar to another question "How did Judas Die", but is specifically addressing another aspect of the story. In Matthew we have the priests purchasing the field: Matthew 27:5-7 (NASB) ...
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Why is Acts 8:37 missing in the NIV?

During bible study I noticed that Acts 8:37 was missing from my bible. Verse 36 goes straight onto verse 38. Some cursory Google searches show that this happens in the NIV but not the KJV. Is there ...
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How could Stephen be stoned without a trial and conviction in front of the Roman Governor?

I heard in a sermon that it was not allowed for the Jewish leaders to convict a person without permission from the Roman governor. My question is: how did they stone Stephen (Acts 7:58) without a ...
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Is it hypocritical for Paul to circumcise Timothy in Act 16:3? [closed]

Acts 16:1-3 (NASB) 1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, 2 and he was well ...
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Who was Theophilus?

Acts 1:1 "In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach" Who was he? Is it also possible that, since Theophilus means, "friend of God", as Richard ...
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Spiritual Gifts, how can we understand/ master them? [closed]

So I am of the understanding that Spiritual gifts, as mentioned in the book of Acts, persist today. As I understand in my reading from 1st Corinthians, we are all given different spiritual gifts. ...
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What were the early Christians officially persecuted for?

I wonder what the early Christians were officially persecuted for by the high priests? In the book of Acts we see that Saul, before his conversion, received some letters from the high priest that ...
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What name was used by Peter for Baptism?

We know that Jesus gave this command. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ...
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What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

The book of Acts talks about people "being filled" with the Holy Spirit at various times. There is also the concept of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. From the perspective that asserts these are, ...
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When did Jesus send the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I've always assumed that the Holy Spirit did not make his presence known amongst men until Pentecost. Famously, in Acts 2, the Spirit descends upon the first believers, gives them power of speech, ...
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How would they know if Timothy was circumcised or not?

During Paul's second missionary journey, he meets Timothy and wants to take him along on the rest of his journey. The Bible makes a special point about Timothy being circumcised to avoid offending ...
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What was the point of the laws written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia?

In Acts 15, a letter was written to the beliving Gentiles. I can understand why they have to abstain from sexual immorality. However, I was wondering What's the point of the law which state that ...
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Where did the belief that Saul fell from a horse come from?

Many people (especially Catholics; I don't know about others, but some say that Protestants usually don't believe this) think that Saul/Paul fell from a horse at the moment of his conversion, perhaps ...
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Why did early Christians in Acts still go to the Jewish temple every day?

In the Acts of the Apostles we find that the early believers were every day visiting the temple and afterwards meeting in each others homes. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple ...
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Does Acts 15:21 assume new believers would learn and follow the law from synagogues on sabbath?

Acts 15:19-21 (NIV, Emph mine) 19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to ...
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Reason for the choice of new 12th Apostle?

In Acts 1:20–26, the Apostles are choosing the 12th Apostle who will replace Judas: 20 Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with ...
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Why did the disciples cast lots when the Holy Spirit was promised [closed]

In the book of Acts Chapter 1:v 4-5 regarding an earlier speech of Jesus, it is written On one occasion,while he was eating with them he gave them this command:Do not leave Jerusalem,but wait for ...
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What do those who practice the gift of 'tongues' consider the purpose to be?

In Acts 2, we read of how the apostles received the gift of tongues so that people heard the gospel in their own languages. Is the gift of tongues, then, specifically evangelistic or does it have a ...
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Why (and when) did the Apostles stop requiring exactly twelve apostles? Why was James not replaced?

In Acts 1:12-26 we read the story of how Matthias was chosen to replace Judas. This kept the number of apostles at Twelve. Sometime later, James, the brother of John was murdered (Acts 12:2). James ...
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How much did Paul's travels cost?

The Apostle Paul famously made an extensive series of missionary journeys around the eastern Mediterranean (in various company, and stopping off in some places for months or years, also getting ...
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Is Luke's label for Christianity - “the Way” - used in later Christian writings?

Christianity is referred to several times in the book of Acts as "the Way" (hē hodos), initially at 9:2: [Saul] asked [the high priest] for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he ...
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Did the congregation have input into leader selection in the early church?

The way I've always seen it, leaders are to be chosen first, and then appointed as leaders. I guess this could be compared to an inauguration. The biblical leadership model in my mind, was in some ...
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Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)

Acts 15 records the Council of Jerusalem, a meeting in about 50AD of early Church leaders regarding whether Gentiles could be Christians without first becoming Jews. "After much discussion" (15:7) ...
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Who was the Egyptian that led the revolt of the Assassins in Acts 21?

When Paul was arrested in Jerusalem he was mistaken for an anarchist Egyptian: Acts 21:37-38 ESV As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to ...
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What is the significance of “Zealot” in Acts 1:13?

When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and ...
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Was that Pentecost in the Acts also a time of the year of jubilee?

Was that Pentecost, during which the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles in the book of Acts was also a time of jubilee? From what I see, the Pentecost was a holiday to commemorate God's giving ...
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Why did God strike Herod down?

There are many who go around blaspheming much worse and nothing happens to them. The reason I've heard is that God does not interfere and manipulate. He lets things run their course and has set aside ...
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What arguments have been offered as to how Christianity is incompatible with a system of forced collectivism?

Communism, as formulated by Karl Marx, incorporates several ideas including state mandated atheism, a removal of social classes, and a collective economic system. Of these, the first is obviously ...
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According to biblical inerrantists, are the apostles' recorded speeches in the book of Acts inerrant?

Evangelicals/fundamentalists who believe in biblical inerrancy hold that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and contains no errors.1 This is typically understood to refer to the original ...
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What is the historical Christian view on the rebuilding of David's Tabernacle?

I come from an Evangelical-Charismatic background, and for many years, I've heard much teaching and emphasis on the rebuilding of David's Tabernacle/Tent in the end times. The verses used are seen in ...
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Reconciling Peter in Acts with Deuteronomy/Psalms on the burden of the Law?

Peter is cited in Acts 15:10-11 as saying to the Jerusalem Council, "Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to ...
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Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron?

Genesis 23:17-20 says: So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded to Abraham as his property in the ...
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What is the evidence that someone is filled with the Holy Spirit?

There seems to be a distinction between being filled with the Holy Spirit and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts mentions the filling of the Holy Spirit several times. What ...
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A promise in Acts 16:31?

In the book of Acts, chapter 16, verse 31, reads as follows: They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household." (NET) They replied, "Believe in the Lord ...
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What is the power that Christians possess?

There are some verses that use the terminology "power", and I heard it with different preachers that the Christians possess power. Here are some examples: and my speech and my message were not in ...
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Why should Paul have been selected as the 12th apostle instead of Matthias?

Commentators on the story of Acts 1:15–26, where the Apostles select Matthias to replace Judas as the 12th apostle, often say vague things like: Some have held that the choice of Matthias was ...
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Did Judas Iscariot know that Jesus would be killed when he turned Jesus over to the Pharisees?

The scriptures show that Judas betrayed Jesus, but did he positively know what the outcome was to be? Even the apostles did not understand fully what Jesus was trying to teach them. References: Luke ...
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Acts 6:8 - Stephen is described as “full of grace” (πλήρης χάριτος)

In Acts 6:8, according to some manuscripts the Greek text states, Στέφανος δὲ πλήρης χάριτος καὶ δυνάμεως ἐποίει τέρατα καὶ σημεῖα μεγάλα ἐν τῷ λαῷ. (NA28) which is translated by the NABRE into ...
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Are there any major Protestant denominations that meet every day and are together all the time like the early church was?

To my knowledge, most Protestant denominations (Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Non-denom, etc...) structure their church to meet once a week, with maybe a bible-study once a week as well. Though I ...
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How was the word preached in NT era churches?

In many churches today, the word is preached as follows: a pastor / priest talks for the entirety of the meeting (generally 1 hour) a large group of Christians listen. In the Watchmen Nee inspired ...
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acts 16 Earthquake

Are there any other documents in church history or Roman history that indicate whether the earthquake experienced by Paul and the other prisoners in acts 16 was experienced elsewhere or just at the ...
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According to Acts 20:7, which day was the first day of the week? [duplicate]

According to Acts 20:7, And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until ...
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John ...
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Do any Christian groups sell all their possessions as it seems the Early Church did?

In Luke 12:33 (NIV) Jesus says: Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes ...
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Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles? [closed]

Why is it so that while we are told in the Acts and epistles of many false-apostles and false brothers, there are no specific names mentioned? Has this matter ever been considered in Christianity?
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Why did Ananias die?

In Acts 4:32-5:11, Ananias dies when Peter asks him why he has held some of the proceeds of the sale of his property back from the communal pot. However, it is not made clear that he promised to give ...
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Refutation of Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI: “Inconsistencies in Christian text regarding food”

In Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI, 16th century Jewish theologian Yitzchak ben Avraham of Trakai wrote, Acts 10:11-15, "And Peter saw heaven opened; and a certain vessel descending unto him, ...
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According to reformed theologians, was Barnabas an Apostle?

We usually read the position that there were only 12 Apostles + Paul, and that after the Apostolic era, we have no more Apostles at all. Specially I see this among Reformed theologians. But how do ...
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How could Jesus get through locked doors?

Since Jesus tomb was empty, he obviously arose in his material body, and throughout the Bible references to shutting the door at night, is the same as us locking the door at night since it is obvious ...
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How did Stephen know that Abraham bought a tomb in Shechem? [duplicate]

My question is somewhat related to the post, Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron? However, in that post, the question revolved around whether the Patriarchs were buried in Hebron or Shechem. ...