Acts of the Apostles

Acts is essentially a Jewish Christian work meant to belittle the Apostle Paul and support their view point.

While at first glance Acts seems to revere Paul, it really tries to smear him.

It is thought that Acts dates to the second century about the time of the heretic Marcion, and seeks to deprive him his most importance source of authority. Marcion believed that Paul's teachings had been handed down to him through a disciple of Paul's named Theuyer.

Marcion only recognized a version of the Gospel of Luke which began with the Baptism of Christ, like Mark's Gospel and some of Paul's letters.

So let's look at Acts in this light.

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