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What are the Acts of the Apostles?
        ACTS OF THE APOS'TLES
        , the fifth book in the New Testament. It is supposed to have been compiled by Luke the evangelist in Rome, during Paul's imprisonment or shortly after, a.d. 63, and may be regarded as a continuation of his Gospel. It contains the history of the Christian Church from Jerusalem to Rome, or the establishment of Christianity among the Jews by Peter, and among the Gentiles by Paul. It begins with the ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and concludes with the first imprisonment of Paul in Rome, 61 to 63. It is the first history of the Christian Church, and contains the only trustworthy account of the missionary labors of the apostles. The book of Acts has been subjected to very rigid and critical examination in connection with the apostolic Epistles, and the genuineness of both is proved by coincidences so minute and yet so undesigned, so obvious and yet so remote, that no unprejudiced mind can entertain a doubt of their truthfulness. The period of time embraced in this history is about thirty-three years, and includes the reigns of the Roman emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. See the Missionary Map at the close of the volume.


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Schaff, Philip, Dr. "Biblical Definition for 'acts of the apostles' in Schaffs Bible Dictionary".
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