History Literature / ActsOfTheApostles

28th Nov '16 7:23:00 PM Timjames98
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* HaveAGayOldTime: Stephen gets stoned. That's actually a pretty cruel way to die, but may have evoked snickers from more recent generations of Sunday School kids.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: Stephen gets stoned. stoned (meaning people threw rocks at him until he was dead). That's actually a pretty cruel way to die, but because "stoned" is also slang for bring under the influence of a drug this line may have evoked snickers from more recent generations of Sunday School kids.
28th Nov '16 5:30:44 AM Mhazard
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* KangarooCourt: The Sanhedrin (high court of ancient Judea) that tries Jesus. Not only do the judges violate every single Jewish law governing trials, but they put on clearly perjured witnesses to convict him. The conduct of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who approves his death sentence (the Romans required it) also counts, as even he acknowledges that no Roman (or Jewish) laws were broken by Jesus. Roman magistrates had the power to have non-Romans crucified at will, however, making the whole Roman "justice" system essentially this for them. Even trials of Roman citizens often went this way, as the magistrate was free to admit or ignore any evidence they pleased. Later on Paul, a Roman citizen, was given a trial, but the outcome was never in doubt. The only real privilege they had was that citizens could not be crucified. Thus in Acts Paul is beheaded, while Peter gets crucified (upside down, as he doesn't want it to resemble Jesus' death).
17th Nov '16 6:36:44 PM DustSnitch
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* AncientGrome
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The issue of how Jewish a new convert to The Way needs to be is something that the early Church struggled with.



* DeusExMachina: God shows up for some pretty spectacular miracles, starting with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

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* DeusExMachina: God shows up for some pretty spectacular miracles, starting with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.Pentecost, allowing the Apostles to be preach without fear and to be understood by everyone, regardless of language.



* MultinationalTeam: Beginning with Pentecost, the book of Acts describes the Christian message spreading "to the uttermost ends of the earth."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The reaction of many Jews to realizing that they had murdered the Messiah. Unlike Judas, however, they beg for mercy and join the fledgling Church.

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* MultinationalTeam: Beginning with Pentecost, the book of Acts describes the Christian message spreading "to the uttermost ends of the earth."
earth," thanks to the multi-language sermon they could give at Pentecost.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The reaction of many Jews to realizing that they had murdered the Messiah.Messiah was extreme regret. Unlike Judas, however, they beg for mercy and join the fledgling Church.



* NoEnding: Ends rather abruptly, with Paul under house arrest in Rome, awaiting trial.

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* NoEnding: Ends This book ends rather abruptly, with Paul under house arrest in Rome, awaiting trial.



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Apostles still have elements of this, though they've matured a lot since the Gospels.

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Apostles still have elements of this, immaturity and disunity, though they've matured a lot since back in the Gospels.Gospels when they saw [[spoiler:the death of Jesus]].



* {{Sequel}}: To the Gospel of Luke directly and the Gospels as a whole.

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* {{Sequel}}: To The Acts of the Apostles follows the Gospel of Luke directly and the Gospels as a whole.whole, showing how the Christian community goes on from the drama at the end of Literature/TheGospels.



** Paul (Saul) of Tarsus, complete starting as an antagonist and getting more development than many of the 12 Apostles.

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** Paul (Saul) of Tarsus, complete starting as an antagonist antagonist, joins the Apostle after seeing Christ and ends up getting more development than many of the 12 twelve Apostles.



* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon: Many times.



* WhamEpisode: While James wasn't the first to be martyred in the Book of Acts (Stephen has that honor), he's the first of the Twelve to be killed for his faith.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Israel?]]: On Pentecost, Peter berates his fellow Israelites for killing the Messiah. 3,000 were converted that day as a result, and many more in the following days.

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* WhamEpisode: While James wasn't the first to be martyred in the Book of Acts (Stephen has that honor), he's the first of the Twelve to be killed for his faith.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What
faith, and the Hell, Israel?]]: second to die after Judas's suicide.
* WhatTheHellHero:
On Pentecost, Peter berates his fellow Israelites for killing the Messiah. 3,000 were converted that day as a result, and many more in the following days.
17th Nov '16 6:27:00 PM DustSnitch
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The last historical work of the New Testament and Literature/TheBible, Acts tells the story of the early church spreading out of Judea and the challenges it encounters.

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The last historical work of the New Testament and Literature/TheBible, the Acts of the Apostles (often abbreviated as "Acts") tells the story of the early church spreading out of Judea and the challenges it encounters.



* TheCameo: Jesus! He appears to Saul on the road to Damascus.

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* TheCameo: Jesus! He appears to Saul on the road to Damascus.Damascus and won't make a major appearance until the GrandFinale, the Literature/BookOfRevelation.
5th Nov '16 8:12:37 PM Jeduthun
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* BlasphemousPraise: When Herod gives a speech, the admiring crowd says, "The voice of a god and not a man!" Herod promptly gets struck down by God for refusing to deny it.
31st Oct '16 10:34:06 AM longWriter
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* EmergencyCargoDump: a ship on which St. Paul is travelling encounters an extremely rough storm, and one of the measures the crew takes to try to survive is to dump the cargo overboard.
17th Jul '16 9:03:12 PM Orome
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* PowerOfTrust: Barnabas accepts Paul after his HeelFaceTurn when no one else in Jerusalem will, at first. He also gives John Mark a second chance after the latter had previously abandoned Barnabas and Paul on a missionary journey. "Barnabas" was actually his InSeriesNickname; it means "son of encouragement". (His real name was Joseph.)
19th May '16 11:44:34 AM Jeduthun
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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Israel?]]: On Pentecost, Peter berates his fellow Israelites for killing the Messiah. 3,000 were converted that day as a result, and many more in the following days.

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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Israel?]]: On Pentecost, Peter berates his fellow Israelites for killing the Messiah. 3,000 were converted that day as a result, and many more in the following days.days.
* YouBastard: From Peter's sermon on Pentecost: "God has made this Jesus, ''whom you crucified,'' to be both Lord and Messiah!" This results in a MassOhCrap moment from his hearers, but it's also strongly implied that the readers are meant to apply this to themselves as well; ''your'' sins caused Jesus' death, so [[HeelFaithTurn you'd better repent]].
19th May '16 4:21:38 AM Jeduthun
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* BookBurning: Some former magicians in Ephesus burn their [[SpellBook occult books]] after converting to Christianity. Different from many other instances of this trope, though, since it's their own property they are destroying voluntarily to make a break with their past life.
27th Apr '16 7:54:01 AM dotchan
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* MistakenForJunkie: The gift of tongues on the Pentecost is dismissed by some of those who witness it as nothing but [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken rambling]], but Peter preaches a sermon that proves otherwise. Peter starts off the sermon with something like, "Seriously, guys. It's only nine o'clock in the morning."

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* MistakenForJunkie: The gift of tongues on the Pentecost is dismissed by some of those who witness it as nothing but [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken rambling]], but Peter preaches a sermon that proves otherwise. Peter starts off the sermon with something like, "Seriously, guys. It's only nine o'clock in the morning.morning[[note]]this is especially significant because the previous day was a Sabbath[[/note]]."
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