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When Was Acts Written?

When was Acts written

This post is adapted from Darrell Bock’s Theology of Luke and Acts online course.

To determine when Acts was written, we need to evaluate the evidence from both Luke andActs, because the two books were written together, with Luke appearing slightly before Acts.

At first glance, it seems that the book of Acts was written around the same time of the last events it describes. The story ends; Luke writes the book. That’s the date.

For this reason, many people place Acts in the early 60s, because this coincides with the date of Paul’s imprisonment in Rome.

But why couldn’t Luke have written the book later?

It is possible Luke’s story isn’t really about Paul. Instead, it’s about the gospel arriving at Rome. In this view, it’s not important what Paul does after the gospel makes it to Rome; Paul’s imprisonment isn’t a factor in dating Acts.

This is a reasonable view, and it means Acts could have been written much later.

Let’s take a look at how we might come up with a date for Acts.

Why we need to start with Luke

Because Acts and Luke go together, we need to look at when Luke was written. To determine when Luke was written, the first thing we need to do is evaluate when the other Synoptic Gospels—Matthew and Mark—were written.

Why do we need to do this?

Because the most common view is that Luke used material from Mark, and we’re fairly certain that Mark was written sometime from the mid-50s to around AD 70. Here’s why: Mark assumes the church is suffering persecution or anticipates that possibility, making a date in the 60s plausible. Such a date fits the time of the persecution by Nero.

So if we know roughly when Mark was written, and we know Luke was written after Mark. The question, then, becomes how long after Mark Luke would have been written.

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By What Authority?

Several years ago I attended an event at a local high school. As I drove into the parking lot, a bumper sticker on a student’s car caught my eye. I’ve never forgotten it. It was only two words. But they say a lot.


Authority has become a four letter word to this generation. School officials, law enforcement officers, and religious leaders don’t occupy positions of respect that they once enjoyed. Of course, some has abused their authority and brought shame upon themselves and the office they hold.

But there is one person who holds a position of authority who deserves our respect, honor and absolute obedience. Jesus Christ. However, He, too, is questioned, disrespected and ignored. But this is nothing new.

During the final week of Jesus’ life after he entered Jerusalem, he was approached in the temple by the Chief Priests, the scribe, and the elders and questioned. “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority to do these things?” (Mk. 11:27-29).

Their question was insincere. For most of His ministry, the religious leaders had been trying to trap Jesus with some hypothetical question. Or find in Him some inconsistency. Or even discredit Him because of his parentage, hometown, or lack of educational credentials.

In this encounter, Jesus turns the tables on them. He tells them that he will answer the question if they will answer one question. “The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men?”

Read more: https://thepreachersword.com/2018/01/16/by-what-authority/#more-11792

Holy, Holy, Holy – Sproul