Tag: accuracy of the book of Acts

Historicity of the book of Acts (5)

Paul’s Commission: Acts 9:1-2 It has been claimed there is no historical basis for Paul’s commission from the High Priest to extradite from Damascus to Jerusalem any Jews who had become Christians,1 and that neither the High Priest nor the Sanhedrin had any jurisdiction in Damascus.234 Evidence & Commentary Peerbolte raises a parallel in the history of the Maccabees, in […] 

Historicity of the book of Acts (3)

Peter’s address: Acts 4:4 Robert Grant claimed that the population of Jerusalem was too small for 5,000 converts to Christianity.1 Grant’s estimate of the population of Jerusalem relied on an influential study by Jeremias in 1943, 2 3 but did not mention that Jeremias calculated a far higher population figure for festival seasons such as passover, at which he estimated […] 

Historicity of the book of Acts (1)

How historically accurate is the book of Acts? Current scholarly attitudes range widely; 1 German theologian Adolf von Harnack’s extreme criticism has been discredited, 2 but Ramsay’s views 3 are considered exaggerated, 4 and Sherwin-White’s praise 5 is qualified. 6 Professor of Religion Charles Talbert judges Acts to be consistently accurate with regard to many details: 7 8 Thessalonican city […]