This week we started a new section of Acts where Luke turns our attention away what was going on in the Temple courts to the inevitable challenges of exponential growth and diversity.
We evaluated internal evidence that Luke was possibly using a new source(s) for this section including the introduction of previously unused terms which are common in his Gospel and throughout the rest of Acts.
Fast Growth Leads to Logistical Issues
As the group of Christ followers experienced exponential growth, it was only a matter of time before logistical issues arose which could potentially derail the unity they were experiencing.
We discussed the difference between “Hebrews” and “Hellenists” in this passage, comparing various translations to the original Greek, and we discussed how this distinction is evidence of a new source for our historian author.
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Acts 6:1-7 ~ Organic Growth of the Early Church
Evidence for a new source; Expanded narrative; Growth problems & solutions
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