He, then, engaged in several years of further missionary travels and ministry as the Pastorals suggest.
Destination While specifically addressed to Theophilus, it is very likely Luke had a target audience beyond Theophilus.
The apologetic thrust of the book, setting forth the expansion of Christianity from a Jewish sect to a worldwide movement, may also indicate a particular target audience, namely, anyone interested in the astonishing rise of the Christian movement from humble beginnings in Jerusalem to the empire’s capital, Rome.
Destination Acts is a book that would resonate well with non-Aramaic speakers familiar with the Greek OT.
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KEY FACTS Author: Luke Date: Early 60s Provenance: Rome Destination: Theophilus Purpose: A defense of the Christian faith showing the expansion of the early church from a Jewish sect to a worldwide movement Theme: Salvation history: the birth and mission of the early church Key Verse: 1:8 INTRODUCTION The book of Acts is the account of a grand adventure, taking us from Palestine to the center of the Gentile world: Rome.
Along the way, it includes the exciting story of encounters with hostile people and governments; sailing adventures and shipwrecks, and even courtroom dramas.
The book of Acts also leaves us longing to know how the story finished after the end of the book since Paul remained under arrest in Rome awaiting trial.
Authorship Luke, the beloved physician, was identified as the author of both the Gospel and the book of Acts.