Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Robert Hoerber

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 1:6; Acts 1:8; Acts 11:27-15; Acts 13:47; Acts 2:21; Acts 2:32; Acts 2:36; Acts 2:41; Acts 2:46; Acts 3:15; Acts 4:10; Acts 4:20; Acts 4:4; Acts 5:12; Acts 5:19-21; Acts 5:25,42; Acts 5:28; Acts 5:32; Acts 9:1-11; Luke 24:47;


This study was undertaken so that the writer would achieve a greater understanding of the development of the mission of the church as portrayed by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles. Casual reading of Acts reveals many councils, disputes, and discussions. One could get the impression that the early apostles were a diverse lot, and that the church only developed as it did because the strongest wills won the battles. Revelation is a prominent feature in Acts. To what extent did that influence the direction taken? Is it true as some have claimed that Acts can only be trusted insofar as it can be verified by Paul's epistles, or can Acts be seen in a more positive light? Such questions prompted the writer to undertake a detailed study of the development of the Christian church in the first two decades of its existence.

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