Dating the book of acts
The life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of Acts and the epistles.The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book.This is in fact a traditional view found in most commentaries.The issue is gentile circumcision and the consensus reached according to Gal 2 is that Gentiles are not required to submit.In a sentence, given the emphasis on the unity of the church (2, 4, 15, 20) and its expansion from Jerusalem to Rome we may say that the Luke's purpose was to demonstrate to Theophilus the sovereign, unified and unmitigated advance of the gospel into all the world, i.e. There are seven "progress reports" on the unity and advance of the church that further confirm this (cf. With this knowledge, Theophilus, who was probably a Roman official, 2 The designation "most excellent" is used by Luke to refer to Roman officials of high rank. Acts and 24:3 where it refers to Felix (a Roman governor from AD 53-60) and Paul refers to Festus (AD 60-62) as "most excellent" (Acts ).by Matt Slick Dating the gospels is very important. 65),"1 and we have further evidence that it was written early. Mark was not an eyewitness to the events of Jesus' life. Some might consider this damaging to the validity of the gospel but quite the contrary. 65)."8Therefore, we can conclude that Luke was written before A. This fragment was found in Egypt, and a considerable amount of time is needed for the circulation of the gospel before it reached Egypt.Assuming the Jerusalem meeting was in 48, this would mean that the Judiazers were still causing problems in Galatia five to ten years after the agreement found in Acts 15.
It also provides helpful information of the facts surrounding many of the letters of the apostles, which in turn helps us to better understand when they said what they said and why they said it.
Luke is free to describe the events any way he wants to.
On the other hand, Gal 2:1-10 could refer to another incident prior to the Acts 15 conference., perhaps even contributing to the need for the parties involved to meet face to face.
Analyzing the author's sources, methods, theology, familiarity with ecclesiastical developments and vocabulary, Pervo discovers that the author of Acts is familiar with the later writings of Josephus (c. E.) and that the theological perspectives of Acts have much in common with elements found in the Pastoral Epistles and Polycarp (c. He also situates the book of Acts in terms of its place in the development of early Christianity and its social and ideological context, and he shows how a second-century date helps to interpret it. A Commentary (Hermeneia, 2009), The Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity (2010), and The Acts of Paul: A New Translation and Commentary (forthcoming, 2014).
A specialist in Luke-Acts, he is the author of The Gospel of Luke (Scholars Bible, 2014), The Mystery of Acts (2008), Acts.