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Acts, Book of
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The book of Acts is unique of its type in the New Testament: neither gospel, nor letter, nor prophetic writing, it describes the first expansion of Christianity after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Writing an apostles' story after that of Jesus is a unique act in Christian antiquity: no one did it before Luke, and no one was to repeat it after him.

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Marguerat, Daniel, “Acts, Book of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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