Oct 15, 2009

Shillington on Acts 15 and the Jerusalem Council

"The book of Acts falls essentially into two principal parts: (1) narrated activities of the Apostles up to the crucial Jerusalem conference of chapter 15; and (2) narrated activities of Paul and companions from chapter 15 to Paul’s preaching under house arrest in Rome. Chapter 15 marks the turning point in the development of the story of the church. Historically, the decision coming out of the Jerusalem conference (c.49 CE) was pivotal for the success – or failure – of the mission to bring non-Jewish people to faith in Jesus Christ."

V. George Shillington, The New Testament in Context: A Literary and Theological Textbook (London: T & T Clark, 2008), 133.

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