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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 ordered Saint Stephen to death?

I have learnt that some of the Jews linked to the early Jewish council stoned St. Stephen to death and Paul as a witness. But I have a bit of confusion that who ordered the decree of Stephan's death.
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Was Barnabas' land ownership as a Levite against Mosaic Law? [closed]

Acts 4:36-37: Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which means, Son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and ...
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Cleansing of unclean meat to clean meat interpretation of Acts 10:17-18 and 22-23 in relation to Isaiah 66:17

I have never read in the bible whether eating of unclean meat as described in the Old Testament where it is allowed to eat "unclean meat" or unclean meat is now clean meat. Except for one vision from ...
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What does “the Lord opened her heart” (Acts 16:14) mean, according to Calvinists?

Acts 16:13 (NIV) On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. I ...
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What is a Sabbath day's walk?

In Acts 1:12, the distance between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives is described as a "Sabbath day's walk." Now, my Bible's footnote attributes this distance to be one kilometer long but it gives no ...
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Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be retranslated?

Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be more aptly translated to read: 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of ...
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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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How do Protestants who do not hold Communion/Eucharist every week interpret Acts 2:42?

Acts 2:40-42 And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. 41 They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there ...
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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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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times?

St. Paul the Apostles admitted that Christ did not sent him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, ...
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In Acts 25:10 Paul appeals to Caesar. What aspect of Roman law/citizenship was he invoking?

Some commentators claim it was provacatio, others amplius. Most commentators simply state he had the right to appeal but what exactly was he invoking? The wikipedia article on Valerian and Porcian ...
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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops?

Some Catholics justify St. Paul’s apostolic succession by citing Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (...
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How do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51 in light of the doctrine of 'irresistible grace?'

In light of the doctrine of irresistable grace, how do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51? Acts 7:51 (DRB) You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your ...
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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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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

In his first letter to Corinth, Paul notes that he is thankful he did not have to baptize some individuals. 14: I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius 15: so ...
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How do we understand that the law was given by angels

This scriptures shows us that the Law was given by ministrations of angels and by Moses. Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Acts 5:53 For if the word spoken ...
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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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Did Moses Have A Speech Impediment?

Did Moses have a speech impediment? Because Acts 7:22 says he was powerful in speech and action which contradicts Exodus 4:10. Acts 7:22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, ...
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Did Jesus appear post-resurrection to twelve apostles?

We see at 1 Cor 15:3-5: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that ...
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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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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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Didn't Jesus return to Earth after the resurrection when he appeared to Paul?

Why has anyone not brought to light Jesus return to earth when he appeared to Paul while Paul was on the road to Damascus? Was this not a return of Christ when he called Paul into the ministry of ...
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Why did Jesus use a Greek proverb when He spoke Aramaic to Saul in Acts 26:14?

Saul spoke Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin (there are many references). Jesus spoke Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew (again there are many references). In Acts 26:14, Paul (who at this time was using his ...
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Zechariah 14 and Acts 1 according to those who reject the deity of Christ

Zechariah 14:1-5 (DRB) Behold the days of the Lord shall come, and thy spoils shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 And I will gather all nations to Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be ...
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The Jews were so offended after Stephen said that he saw Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God in Acts 7:55 that they stoned him. Why? [closed]

Jesus is pictured as "sitting" at the right hand of God, rather than standing, in most of the New Testament. But Stephen saw Jesus "standing" in Acts 7:55. Then in verse 58 they cast him out of the ...
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What is the basis for the Apostles devoting themselves to prayer for nine days in Acts 1:14?

We know that in Acts the Apostles prayed in the upper room consecutively until the Holy Spirit descended on them. Oftentimes I heard that this was calculated to be for nine days. How did people reach ...
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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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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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Was God “unmerciful” to Ananias & Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10?

Mercy in the words of the Popes; “God’s face is the face of a merciful Father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience he has with each one of us? That is his mercy. ...
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Philip the Evangelist?

Why is Philip the evangelist called "the evangelist"? To my knowledge, he didn't write a Gospel. Acts 21 8 8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and ...
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Receiving the Holy Spirit after conversion Acts 8:14–17

How would [Southern] Baptist (SBC) churches explain Acts 8:14–17 in the giving of the Holy Spirit after initial conversion or belief? It had always been my understanding that the argument was the Holy ...
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What are the arguments that the book of Acts was written after 70 AD?

What are the major reasons, whether theological or secular, for concluding that the book of Acts was written after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD? Please also view the related question: What ...
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What denominations of Christianity forbid meat from strangled animals?

In Acts 15, at the end of the Apostolic Council the Church sends the following letter to Gentile Christians: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria ...
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Meaning of Acts 10:34-35 according to Protestantism

Acts 10:34-35 (DRB) And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to ...
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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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Does James contradict Jesus when he says some foods should not be eaten?

In Matthew 15, we read: [Jesus] called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this ...
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What is an overview of the interpretations of Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”?

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ... and you and your family will be saved.(Acts 16:31) What is an overview of the major interpretations of this verse. I ...
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Acts 8:35-36 and Baptism being Part of the Gospel

Acts 8:34-36 (DRB) And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at ...
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Do Paul and the other Apostles command the keeping of Kosher diet in Acts 15:29?

If so, why do many ignore it? I realize there are many verses as well that state in the New Testament that nothing is to be considered unclean anymore, but that makes this verse stand out as ...
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Is Asia in the Bible the Asia of today?

I have this sneaking suspicion that the Asia listed in Acts is not the continent of Asia. Acts 19:9-10 ESV But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the ...
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How have mainstream Christian denominations interpreted the Acts command to abstain from blood?

Acts 15:28 and 29 tells us that basically all of the old law covenant is no longer to be observed except: Acts 15:28 KJV For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater ...
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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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How is “abstain from things strangled” not contradictory to “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man”?

The following words from the Lord seem to imply that men can eat all kinds of food: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man (...
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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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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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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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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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Which tribe did Paul belong to?

I came across below two verses when I am reading through my bible(Telugu language). To me, these two statements seem to contradict each other: Acts 21: 29 But Paul said, "I am a man who am a ...
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Were the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts written by the same person?

Can you please explain why some people would argue that the Gospel of Luke and Acts were written by the same person?
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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

In Genesis 46 26-27 it says: 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] ...