The author of the Book of Acts is generally considered to have been Luke. It is addressed to Theophilus, the same as the Book of Luke. “Theophilus” translates to “friend of God” and because of Luke’s manner of address “the most excellent” Theophilus is thought to have been a Roman of some stature, perhaps an military officer or a high official.
Jesus has been crucified and resurrected and at the end of the four Gospels has ascended back to His home in Heaven. The Apostles, disciples, believers, observers, and religious leaders are now left to sort out what has happened and what it means.
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