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"Live, And Move, And Have Our Being"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The Acts of the Apostles is the only existing account of the beginnings of the Christian Church. It is evident that the writer of Acts and the author of Luke were one and the same, but whether he was actually Luke the physician is not certain. It is likely that if Luke did not write these he was responsible for portions of them. Acts is a biographical and historical record of the various apostles and their work after the death of Jesus; in it can be seen the gradual evolution of Christianity from a branch or sect of Judaism into an independent evangelical faith. Luke begins with the Resurrection and the commission which Jesus lays upon His apostles, then gives an account of their activities in Jerusalem, in Syria and Asia Minor, and in various parts of the Roman Empire. The reader of Acts cannot but be impressed by the religious devotion and moral heroism that it mirrors. This epic account of struggle and suffering, of growth under persecution into an enduring institution, was doubtless written both to provide a record of events and to be an inspiration to its members. Chapters 15 through 28 follow the career of Paul; in Chapter 17 there is an account of his missionary work at Thessalonica. He and Silas stop here, and at the synagogue Paul proclaims his message. He spends three days arguing Scripture with the Jews. A number of ruffians are then persuaded, perhaps hired, to demonstrate against the Christians and incite a riot. The...

(The entire section is 532 words.)