Between the Evangelists and the Apologists
Richard I. Pervo
Amazon: Dating Acts
When was the Acts of the Apostles written? In Dating Acts, Richard Pervo subjects the scholarly consensus that Acts was written about 80–85 C.E. to a rigorous scholarly examination. Analyzing the author’s sources, methods, theology, familiarity with ecclesiastical developments and vocabulary, Pervo discovers that the author of Acts is familiar with the later writings of Josephus (c. 100 C.E.) and that the theological perspectives of Acts have much in common with elements found in the Pastoral Epistles and Polycarp (c. 125–130). He also situates the book of Acts in terms of its place in the development of early Christianity and its social and ideological context, and he shows how a second-century date helps to interpret it.
Richard I. Pervo earned a Th.D. at Harvard University and taught religion at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A specialist in Luke-Acts, he is the author of The Gospel of Luke (Scholars Bible, 2014), The Mystery of Acts (2008), Acts. A Commentary (Hermeneia, 2009), The Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity (2010), and The Acts of Paul: A New Translation and Commentary (forthcoming, 2014).