• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The two-volume set of Luke-Acts was an ancient scholar's attempt at defending Christianity as not only a religion, but also as a way of life.

Extracts from this document...


The Speeches Of Acts The two-volume set of Luke-Acts was an ancient scholar's attempt at defending Christianity as not only a religion, but also as a way of life. While the first volume focused on the life of Jesus, the second volume, focused on the origins of the Christian Church. The speeches found within the book of Acts are ordered in such a way to plainly demonstrate how Christianity progressed from one man's idea into the dominant religion of the time period in which Acts was written. Each speech given is representative of a theme found in the book of Acts. When studying the speeches from Acts, it is important to keep the broader context in mind. The book of Acts itself is about the spread of Christianity and it's church throughout the Roman world. It was the story of a spiritual conquest that eventually spread throughout the entire known world. And as with any epic story, it was made up of many smaller stories. Most of these stories found in the book of Acts revolved around a singular speech or occasionally, a group of speeches. ...read more.


(Acts 5.29-5.40). The apostles were not deterred by these set backs posed by the council however, and they became more persistent in their witnessing to Jews and non-Jews alike. One method used to persuade Jews to cross over into Christianity was the implementation of history in their arguments and speeches. In Acts 13.16-13.41 Paul explained Jesus' Jewish origins and how the same Jews that shared his ancestry had eventually rejected him. This message was extremely effective to small groups of Jews, but when a large group amassed during the next Sabbath day, Paul and the apostles were inevitably rejected once again by the Jews. The apostles were not content with speaking only to Jews because in their opinion, God was universal in his love of humans. They hoped to eventually unify Gentiles and Jews under one religion in which all were equal. In hopes of spreading this message to potential Gentile converts Paul and Barnabas traveled to the town of Lystria and spoke to the inhabitants. (Acts14.8-14.20). By healing a crippled man in public, Paul and Barnabas gained the attention of many Gentiles, who immediately regarded them as the Hellenistic Gods Zeus and Hermes. ...read more.


After this was accomplished, Paul was allowed his freedom so that he could continue his travels and repeat all of the subsequent themes that came with his earlier travels. Once Paul was in Rome, he continued his preaching to the Gentiles. While in Rome, he was subject to much of the same treatment he had found elsewhere in the world. On one hand, much praise and jubilation followed him, but on the other, he was also eventually persecuted and sent to jail. He was eventually forced to basically repeat his earlier apologies and arguments to justify his freedom. As before, he was allowed release so he could continue preaching and teaching in Rome. (Acts 28.17 28.28) To summarize the book of Acts, once Paul had conquered Jerusalem in a spiritual sense, he set out to conquer Rome as well. These cities represent both the Jewish capital of the world and the Gentile capital of the world. Upon implementation of Christianity of any giving town, the apostles set out to other towns and cities in order to give their powerful speeches, which signified so much more than the words they contained. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Christianity section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Christianity essays

  1. Explain the reasons for the spread of Christianity in the first three centuries.

    This shows us just how widely spread the Jewish religion was, due to the Diaspora. Every Jewish community had a synagogue; these synagogues were often the first stop of evangelist Christians, looking to spread the Christian message, as seen in Acts 3.

  2. The Status of Women In the New Testament.

    Therefore although some traditionalists still believe that women have a different role from men and are subordinate to men by God, through the creation, others maintain that 'before God all are equal'16. For women to be equal in the Christian church the very fact that circumcision was to be replaced by baptism was a very important factor.

  1. Explain the Purpose of Acts of the Apostles.

    Some people say that if Luke is who we think he is then, he could not possibly have been the author, because he dies not show the kind of knowledge we would expect of a close associate of Paul. But then this is not really very accurate, because it would depend on when Luke wrote Acts.

  2. Outline your knowledge and understanding of the main characteristics and structure of the Acts ...

    And that idea of Christians attempting to spread the message to all leads us to the next characteristic and that is, universalism. This is first raised in 1:8 of Acts, as it is said that the message should be

  1. Describe One Miracle Particular to Luke, and another of a different type.

    Spared fig tree, in which the nation of Israel is given one more chance to respond to his ministry. As Jesus was teaching on the Sabbath in one of the Synagogues. The woman had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years, an indicator of the severity of her condition.

  2. ''What is boasted of at the present time as the revival of religion is ...

    them just as easily as the revival of bigotry, as they have not had the chance of education and cannot counter what they have heard. Mill sees dead dogma as something that crushes individuality, but it may be said that he is attacking believers and institutions that hold dogma close

  1. Explain the story of Peter and Cornelius in the book of Acts (35)

    He doesn?t talk about old scripture or prophets as Gentiles would be unfamiliar with them. Whilst Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came on all who heard his message, we know this as they started to speak in tongues and praising God.

  2. Religious authority. I will be focusing on the way the Bible is used in ...

    This view is held by man Anglicans and Methodists who see the miraculous events of the Bible as largely symbolic, poetic stories pointing to moral and spiritual truths. In Christianity the Bible is used as the main basis for doctrine.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work