The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


16. Acts as a Book of Key Transitions

Questions for Review

  1. Where do we see the common promise/fulfillment paradigm of the Gospels in Acts?
  2. Briefly outline the sermon preached on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
  3. Why might it be correct to say that the earliest followers of Jesus comprised “a Jewish sect within Judaism”?
  4. From a macroperspective the book of Acts can be organized into sections based on the growing universality of the church. If so, what would this outline of Acts look like?
  5. What was the difference between the “Hebrews” and the “Hellenists” and who are the chief representatives of each?
  6. According to the chapter, we learn that Stephen was the first person in Acts to make a certain claim regarding the place of the church with relation to Judaism. What was this claim?
  7. Who were the Samaritans? Briefly describe the relationship between Jews and Samaritans.
  8. What are the three categories of Gentiles vis-à-vis Judaism that we encounter in Acts?
  9. What is the significance of Acts 10–11, according to the chapter?
  10. Compare the success of the mission to the Jews to that of the Gentiles, as presented in Acts.