For everyone with a desire to know what really happened in the earliest days of the Christian Church, this volume is indispensable. Book jacket. The Acts of the Apostles explores the early Church in Jerusalem, the spreading of the Gospel in the Gentile world, Paul's missionary journey beginning and ending in Jerusalem, Paul as the prisoner of the Romans and the defender of the Gospel from Jerusalem to Rome, and the real historical value of Luke's account in Acts, and it concludes with a brief narrative of Primitive Christianity from 30-70 CE. and of Paul as they appear in Acts. Where possible, he offers a reasoned judgment on the historical value of every event and action described in this early Christian text. Although many books have been published on the Acts of the Apostles, Ludemann's work is unique in its emphasis on establishing reliable historical facts. Other scholars have delved into Acts to discover the author's theology and the purpose of his writing. By contrast, Ludemann examines each individual section of this New Testament book to detect what, if any, specific tradition may lay behind it. Ludemann seeks to establish the historical value of the words and deeds of Jesus' disciples In Jesus After 2000 Years, New Testament historian Gerd Ludemann analyzed the four traditional gospels, plus the more recently discovered Gospel of Thomas and apocryphal literature, to ascertain which of the alleged words and actions of Jesus can be judged authentic. In this companion volume, Ludemann takes the same historical-critical approach to the Acts of the Apostles. Together these two in-depth studies lay the groundwork for a factual and accurate history of Primitive Christianity.