The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles

What Really Happened in the Earliest Days of the Church

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2005
ISBN: 1591023017 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 226.6067 LUD 2005
Characteristics: 419 p. ; 24 cm

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May 14, 2012

Very dissapointing. I thought it would be a book about the culture during the time of Jesus. Instead the author reviews the book of Acts and "decrees" what is true or not true. His so called "evidence" is a selective collection of ideas that support only the conclusion he wants to show, but it is far from scientific. He gives his opinion as if it was an unquestioned fact. The author does not hold Christian beliefs.


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