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The Acts of the Apostles By Tim Emery The Acts of the Apostles provides us with a tome of knowledge on a lot of aspects of the second and third quarter of the first century AD But most importantly it provides us with a wealth of insight into life and society in the cities of the Roman Empire Without the Acts of the Apostles there would have been very little correlative evidence on this For knowledge of the cities and people that appear in it we have to rely otherwise on the collection of details from other sources which can be a painstaking process Although the author Luke did not presumably set out to satisfy our interests in this topic he was a good observer and the details that he gives provide a great number of snap-shots for the times As Sherwin-White said Acts take us on a conducted tour of the Graeco-Roman world The detail is so interwoven with the narrative of the mission as to be inseparable This essay will look at the book of Acts historically to find out how much information can be taken from its pages about Roman life and society in cities and how accurate it is to the Historian studying it The book of Acts is one of the most valuable sources for information on life and society in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire during the 1st Century AD The historical framework of the book is exact and in terms of time and places the details are precise and correct They are a lot of references to the Roman world with political arrangements legal procedures commercial activities social structures religious allegiances etc found throughout the whole narrative along with a lot of vivid details of family group and urban life The narrative of Acts begins in Jerusalem and ends in Rome and traces the progress of Christianity from the former
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