paul in the book of acts



Luke repeated all the accusations against Jews which appeared in the Gospels such as killing prophets and crucifying Jesus. He added a new one: the stoning of Stephen, which appears to have been a riot that got out of hand and ended in a lynching. According to Acts, Stephen made a long speech before the Sanhedrin in which he accused its members of murdering Jesus for which he was dragged outside and stoned. We have already learned in a previous article that this is not how the Sanhedrin worked. If Stephen were found guilty of libel, he would have been subject to corporal punishment, but only after due deliberation and a vote. He would not have been executed. Stephen is considered the first Christian martyr. It is significant that no Christian before him who was put to death by the Romans earned that distinction. The title was reserved for a victim of a mob scene which he, himself, had provoked.


n Acts 11, Luke takes us back in time and fills us in on some developments in Antioch in Syria. Greek-speaking Jews had been telling gentiles "the good news about the Lord Jesus." Many gentiles believed and repented (11:20-21). This was "evidence of the grace of God" (11:23). Through the work of Barnabas and Saul, many people "were brought to the Lord" (11:24). These phrases are descriptive of what the gospel of Jesus Christ does


Paul was a Pharisee (Acts of the Apostles 26:5) and a tentmaker. (Acts of the Apostles 18:3)


Although Paul wrote the most books of the New Testament, Luke, who only wrote two books, still gets the prize for writing more words than any other writer in the New Testament