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Acts of the Apostles written after 65 AD provides insightful evidence into the growth of the most important religion in the western world Christianity It recounts events that took place during the apostle Pauls journeys The Book of acts has been studied in depth by many historians because it contains information about certain aspects of life in the 1st century for which there is little correlative evidence Developments to Christianity was another reason why historians believe Acts to be so important FF Bruce argues that acts was conceived as a history of the origins of Christianity covering the first sixty years of its existence From previous studies it is known that Acts is full of references to certain Aspects of life in the 1st Century AD It provides references to such things as legal proceedings commercial activities religious allegiances and social structures The most characteristic feature of events recorded is the trouble Paul has with the Jewish community This is shown in every city mentioned Robert Banks believes that utilisation of it acts helps us to fill in certain gaps in our knowledge of such matters as well as strengthen conclusions and confirm speculations based on other literary and archaeological sources In my essay the life and society will be examined in the four cities of Ephesus Caesarea Antioch and Corinth When looking at Acts the historical Accuracy can also be questioned Historians such as RA Kearsley have claimed that there are many questions that cry out to the imagination WA Meeks holds similar views He suggests Acts was written a generation later than Pauls letters and depends on traditions that may have been distorted by time and accidents of transmission David WJ Gill argues against this comment Such a viewis itself unnecessary These Historians excluding DWJ Gill believe that the writings within Acts could be made up of false events because the book was written after the time
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