Analysis Of The Book ' Ananias And Sapphira ' And '

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The story of Ananias and Sapphira and indeed, the book of Acts are of great importance because it informs the reader on the history of the primitive church at Jerusalem. Fee and Stuart point out that the author, Luke, is a Gentile whose narrative could be seen as a source of Hellenistic historiography, which is a type of history writing that has its roots in Thucydides (ca 460-400BC) . Such history was not written just for the sake of keeping records of the past, but it was written to encourage, inform, moralise and offer an apologetic to its readers. Equally, it is noted that Luke had been greatly influenced by his reading of the Old Testament narratives, and living with the Old Testament principles. Fee and Stuart point out that Luke believes that there is a divine activity going on in the Book of Acts, and he is especially concerned that his readers understand this. For him, the divine activity that began with Jesus and continues through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the early church is a continuation of God’s story that began in the Old Testament . Therefore, with this in mind, this essay aims to critically analyse Luke’s theological interest which is of importance in the story of Ananias and Sapphira. This essay also critically analyses and examines the history of the primitive church at Jerusalem as told in the story of Ananias and Sapphira. The earlier chapters of the Acts of the Apostles (1-5) could be seen as a narrative of the primitive church in Jerusalem,

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