Acts of the Apostles (genre)

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Saint Luke the Evangelist by Toros Roslin

The Acts of the Apostles is a genre of Early Christian literature, recounting the lives and works of the apostles of Jesus. The Acts are important for many reasons, one of them being the concept of apostolic succession.[1] They also provide insight into the valuation of "missionary activities among the exotic races," since some of them feature missionary work done among, for instance, the Cynocephaly.[2]

One work in this genre is included in the New Testament canon, entitled simply Acts of the Apostles or Acts, and primarily concerns the activities of Saint Peter, John the Apostle, and Paul the Apostle, a convert. It is presumably the second part of a two-part work, the Canonical Gospel of Luke being the first part, with both works being addressed to Theophilus, and sharing a similar style.

List of acts[edit]

The following list is not exhaustive.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ehrman(2003), p. 167
  2. ^ Friedman(2000) p. 59
  3. ^ Friedman (2000), p. 70


  • Friedman, John Block (2000). The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2826-2. 
  • Ehrman, Bart D. (2003). Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514182-2. 

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