Acts of the Apostles

The name of the book in the New Testament which follows the Gospels. It narrates some the important acts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and mentions more briefly acts of Saint John, Saint James the Less, Saint James the Greater, and Saint Barnabas. Of the 28 chapters, 12 mainly concern Saint Peter, and the others Saint Paul. The author is Saint Luke, who was a physician, artist, and competent historian. As an eyewitness, he wrote an authentic account of the origins of Christianity. The Ascension of Christ into Heaven, the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles, Peter‘s first sermon and conversions, Paul‘s converions, missions, and journeyings are all told as historical events. The Acts were written about 63 in Greek, and very likely when the writer was in Rome, Italy.