Dating Acts: Between the Evangelists and the Apologists

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In Dating Acts, Richard Pervo subjects the scholarly consensus that Acts was written about 80-85 C.E. to a rigorous scholarly examination. Analyzing the author s sources, methods, theology, familiarity with ecclesiastical developments and vocabulary, Pervo discovers that the author of Acts is familiar with the later writings of Josephus (c. 100 C.E.) and that the theological perspectives of Acts have much in common with elements found in the Pastoral Epistles and Polycarp (c. 125-130). He also situates the book of Acts in terms of its place in the development of early Christianity and its social and ideological context, and shows how a second-century date helps to interpret it.

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Richard I. Pervo has devoted more than thirty years to studying the interaction of early Jewish and Christian writings with ancient popular literature. His New Testament specialization is the book of Acts. He is currently writing a commentary on Acts for the Hermeneia Commentary Series.

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[Pervo's] wit and erudition make for pleasurable reading that will appeal not only to scholars to whom he addresses his technical analysis, but also to their students and other learners. --Anglican Theological Review

A wonderful book-carefully researched, beautifully written, powerfully argued, and possibly a landmark that could radically reshape the study of the book of Acts. This book changed my mind. --Calvin Roetzel, University of Minnesota

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