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Dating Luke-Acts: Early, Middle, or Late?
With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Acts is the second of a two-volume work, with part one being the gospel of Luke. In fact, many Biblical scholars often refer to these two texts as a single unit: Luke-Acts. Sir William Ramsey determined that Luke recorded 32 countries, 54 cities, and 9 islands without committing a single error. It is clear that the author was successful in providing an accurate and detailed description of the life of Jesus and the start of the Christian church.
The academic debate over the dating of the composite New Testament writing, Luke-Acts, is a complex one with a long history among biblical scholars and historians. Tyson shows that this issue should not be central. Rather we should be interested more in the historical context that the author appears to address. It is the case that the rise and development of the teaching of Marcion, often ignored by students of the New Testament, provides a meaningful historical context to which the author of Luke-Acts most likely responds.
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Dating the Book of Acts
Acts and the Gospel of Luke make up a two-part work, Luke—Acts , by the same anonymous author, usually dated to around 80—90 AD. Acts continues the story of Christianity in the 1st century , beginning with Jesus's ascension to Heaven. The early chapters, set in Jerusalem , describe the Day of Pentecost the coming of the Holy Spirit and the growth of the church in Jerusalem.