Acts is a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, written by the same author.Even though the Gospel of Luke and Acts are both anonymous, they are both addressed to Theophilus (Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:1-2).Despite this, we can be fairly confident that it was composed in the early to mid-60s.Here’s are a few ways that scholars are able to reach that conclusion: One of the most helpful indicators for dating Acts in this time frame actually comes from what the text does not say.It is also a bridge that ties the church in its beginning with each succeeding age.
The earliest of the external testimonies appears in the Muratorian Canon (c. 170), where the explicit statement is made that Luke was the author of both the third Gospel and the “Acts of All the Apostles.” Eusebius (c.
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” – Luke 1:1-4 Acts is the second of a two-volume work, with part one being the gospel of Luke.
Sir William Ramsey determined that Luke recorded 32 countries, 54 cities, and 9 islands without committing a single error.
It is clear that the author was successful in providing an accurate and detailed description of the life of Jesus and the start of the Christian church.
In Jerusalem, Pharisees (like Gamaliel) train disciples (like Paul) in their tradition.