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The author of "Acts" unwittingly committed a near-perfect crime: He told his story so well that all rival accounts vanished with but the faintest of traces. And thus future generations were left with no documents that recount the history of the early Christian tradition - because "Acts" is not history. According to Richard Pervo, '"Acts" is a beautiful house that readers may happily admire, but it is not a home in which the historian can responsibly live'. Luke did not even aspire to write history but rather told his story to defend the gentile communities of his day as the legitimate heirs of Israelite religion. In "The Mystery of Acts", Pervo explores the problem of history in "Acts" by asking, and answering, the fundamental questions: Who wrote "Acts"? Where was "Acts" written? When was "Acts" written? Why was "Acts" written? How was "Acts" written? The result is a veritable tour-de-force that enlightens, entertains, and brings "Acts" to life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781598150124
ISBN-10: 159815012X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Polebridge Press
Publisher: Polebridge Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard I. Pervo

Richard I. Pervo is the author of several books on Acts including Profit with Delight: The Literary Genre of the Acts of the Apostles (1987), Luke's Story of Paul (1990), Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts (with Mikeal A. Parsons, 1993), Dating Acts: Between the Evangelists and the Apologists (2006), and Acts. A Commentary (Hermeneia, 2008).

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