Dating the book of acts
He was a companion of Paul who also was not an eyewitness of Christ's life. The date of Acts is still in dispute, but the early date (about A. 63) is gaining support constantly."9 The writer of the gospel of John was obviously an eyewitness of the events of Christ's life since he speaks from a perspective of having been there during many of the events of Jesus' ministry and displays a good knowledge of Israeli geography and customs.In Dating Acts, Richard Pervo subjects the scholarly consensus that Acts was written about 80-85 C. 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.
Again, these can still be complimentary descriptions of the same event.
Whether the book is addressed to Northern or Southern Galatia or before or after Acts 15 seems like a pointless question, but it is in fact important since it will influence how we read the conflict between Paul and Peter in Gal 2.
On the one hand, Gal 2:1-10 could refer to the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15).
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 shows how a second-century date helps to interpret it.
, Richard Pervo subjects the scholarly consensus that Acts was written about 80–85 C. “A wonderful book—carefully researched, beautifully written, powerfully argued, and possibly a landmark that could radically reshape the study of the book of Acts.
Therefore, as Acts furnishes for us a selective record of events that took place during the formative years of the church, it provides us with the historical antecedents of our faith and how that faith came to be embraced from Jerusalem to Rome.