Saint John the Evangelist Seminary
SC 503: Acts 3 Credit Hours
Exegete a piece of narrative material
and isolate the key theological themes it teaches.
Trace the arguments of Acts through
Determine with appropriate support
elements the background of a narrative account that contributes to
the setting and argument of the text.
Be prepared to communicate the message
of a passage that is accurate with regard to the text and relevant
to a contemporary audience.
SELECTED BOOKS ON ACTS
William Barclay, The Acts
of the Apostles, 1953.
C. K. Barrett, Acts,
Vols. 1-11, 1994, 1998.
F. F. Bruce, The Acts of
the Apostles: The Greek Text with Introduction and Commentary,
2nd ed., 1970.
______, Commentary on the
Acts of the Apostles, 1954; rev. ed., 1988.
H. J. Cadbury, The Book of
Acts in History, 1955.
______, The Making of
______, The Style and
Literary Method of Luke, 1920.
James D. G. Dunn, The Acts
of the Apostles, 1996.
Floyd V. Filson, Three
Crucial Decades, 1963.
Joseph A. Fitzmyer, The
Acts of the Apostles, 1998.
W. Ward Gasque, A History
of the Interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles, 1989.
Joel B. Green, The Book of
Acts and New Testament Historiography, 1994.
Donald Guthrie, New
Testament Introduction, Vol. 1, Gospels
and Acts, rev. ed., 1990.
Colin Hemer, The Book of
Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History, 1989.
E. Haenchen, The Acts of
the Apostles, 1971.
Everett Harrison, Interpreting
Martin Hengel, Acts and
the History of Earliest Christianity, 1986.
Luke Timothy Johnson, The
Acts of the Apostles, 1992.
W. J. Foakes Jackson and Kirsopp Lake (eds.), The
Beginnings of Christianity, part 1. 5 vols.,
H. C. Key, To Every Nation
Under Heaven: The Acts of the Apostles, 1997.
Simon Kistemaker, New
Testament Commentary: Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles, 1990.
Robert Maddox, The Purpose
of Acts, 1982.
I. H. Marshall, The Acts
of the Apostles, 1980.
______, Luke: Historian
and Theologian, 3rd ed.,
______ and David Peterson, Witness
to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts, 1998.
A. J. Matill Jr. A
Classified Bibliography of Literature on the Acts of the Apostles,
J. W. McGarvey, New
Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, 1892.
Bruce M. Metzger, A
Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, 2nd ed.,
Watson E. Mills, A
Bibliography of the Periodical Literature on the Acts of the Apostles,
A. L. Moore, The Parousia
in the New Testament, 1966.
Stephen Neill, The
Interpretation of the New Testament—1861-1961, 1964; rev. 1990.
B. M. Newman and E. A. Nida, A
Translator’s Handbook of the Acts of the Apostles, 1972.
Frank Pack, Great
Preachers of Today series.
R. B. Rackham, The Acts of
the Apostles, 1901.
A. N. Sherwin-White, Roman
Society and Roman Law in the New Testament, 1963.
David John Williams, Acts,
Bruce Winter and Andrew Clarke (eds.), The
Book of Acts in its Ancient Literary Setting.
Vol. 1 of The Book of Acts
in its First Century Setting, 1993.
Ben Witherington III, The
Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, 1998.
AND MAIN EVENTS IN ACTS
Ascension of Christ – Selection of Matthias to take
Holy Spirit comes on the apostles – Peter’s sermon on
Lame man healed at Beautiful Gate
Peter and John before the Sanhedrin
Death of Ananias and Sapphira – Gamaliel’s speech
Seven appointed to care for Grecian widows
Philip preaches in Samaria – conversion of the eunuch
Luke’s account of the conversion of Saul
Conversion of Cornelius
Peter retells Cornelius’ conversion – church
established at Antioch
Peter’s release from prison – death of Herod Agrippa
Beginning of first missionary journey – Paul’s
longest recorded sermon at Pisidian Antioch
Paul at Iconium, Lystra, Derbe – return from first
Jerusalem conference on circumcision – beginning of
second missionary journey
Conversion of Lydia – Paul and Silas beaten and
thrown in prison
Church established at Thessalonica – Paul’s speech in
Paul’s arrival and work at Corinth – beginning of
third missionary journey
Paul’s work at Ephesus – the uproar in the theater
Paul’s speech to the Ephesian elders
Paul observes Jewish rites in temple of Jerusalem
Paul relates his conversion before the Jews in
Jews take an oath not to eat or drink until they kill
Paul – Paul brought to Caesarea
Paul speaks before Felix
Paul appears before Festus – Paul appears to Caesar
Paul speaks before Herod Agrippa II
Beginning of voyage to Rome
Paul imprisoned in Rome
Theme Study. Isolate for special
study a theme of your choice from Acts, which may range from
exegetical issues to a given theme in Luke/Acts, and prepared a (8)
page single-spaced paper covering your finds.
Short Exegetical Paper. Choose a
passage from Acts and write an exegetical paper that reflects care
use of and interaction with the text. This paper should be (9)
single-spaced pages and should note any points of background that
apply as well as isolate and develop any key theological themes.
QUESTIONS ON ACTS
the plan and contents of Acts. How would you outline Acts?
the main reasons for believing that Luke was the author of Acts.
some of the main themes of Acts. Develop these themes by way of
specific Scriptural references throughout the book of Acts.
the purpose(s) of Acts, with primary reference to what Acts itself says.
was Theophilus? Was he a Christian?
the “promise of the Father” in light of Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5, and Acts
Acts 1:8. Show the importance of this verse for the remainder of the
the feast of Pentecost. How and when was it observed?
phrase by phrase the meaning of Acts 2:3-4. How is this connected with
the main ideas of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:14ff.
phrase by phrase the meaning of Acts 2:37-38.
Peter’s sermon in Acts 3, discuss the following expressions: “Author of
life” (3:15), “times of refreshing” (3:19), and “whom heaven must
about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. Why did Luke record this?
were the Hellenists? What was the problem in Acts 6 and how was it met?
some of the main themes of Stephen’s speech in Acts 7.
discuss the conversion of the Samaritans. In what sense had they not
received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:15-16)? (Be sure to see McGarvey
with Acts 8:26, discuss the main points in Luke’s record of the eunuch’s
conversion. What lessons do we learn from this example of conversion?
out the main points in the conversion of Saul (Acts chaps. 9, 22, 26).
In view of Acts 26:16, what was the purpose of Christ’s appearance to
Acts 10 and 11, what was the purpose of Peter’s vision on the housetop?
Why did Peter have to go and preach to Cornelius?
Acts 13, explain the following expressions: “prophets and teachers” (v.
1), “proconsul” (v. 7ff), and “baptism and repentance” (v. 24).
15 is regarded as a very important chapter. What was the problem and
how was it solved? What does this chapter teach on the “way of
salvation” for all?
17 records Paul’s great speech to the Areopagus. What was the Areopagus?
Where did it meet? Summarize the main ideas of Paul’s speech.
explain Apollos’ characteristics as listed by Luke. What did Priscilla
and Aquila and others do for him?
about the baptism of the men at Ephesus (Acts 19:1ff). Explain verse 2
in light of the context. (See McGarvey here.)
was Artemis or Diana? Describe her temple and her worship. Who were
the meaning of “break bread” and the significance of Acts 20:7.
the main ideas of Paul’s speech to the Ephesian elders (20:17ff).
Paul came to Jerusalem, what was James’ counsel to him (21:18ff)?
22:16 shows the importance of water baptism. Trace this idea throughout
Acts and briefly discuss the relevant passages.
a few sentences of description on the following persons: Claudius Lysias,
Tertullus, Felix, Festus, Agrippa, and Bernice.
Paul’s preaching to the Jews at Rome (28:23ff). What themes here are
echoes of earlier themes in Acts? What is the significance of the
concluding statement of Acts (v.31)?
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