The Bible book of Acts was written by Luke, in Rome and was completed c. 61 C.E., Time covered 33- c.61 C.E. In the 42nd book called of the inspired Scriptures,Luke gives an account covering the life, activity, and ministry of Jesus and his followers up to the time of Jesus’ ascension.
The historical record of 44th book of the bible called Acts, of the Scriptures, Acts of Apostles, continues the history of early Christianity by describing the founding of the congregation as a result of the operation of the holy spirit. The greater part of the material in the first 12 Chapters covers the activities of Peter, and the remaining 16 chapters, the activities of Paul.
Luke had an intimate association with Paul, accompanying him on many of his travels. The book is addressed to Theophilus. Since he is referred to as “most excellent,” it is possible that he occupied some official position, or it may simply be an expression of high esteem.(Luke 1:3). The account provides an accurate historical record of the establishment and growth of the Christian congregation. It commences with Jesus’ appearances to his records important events of the period from 33 to about 61 C.E covering approximately 28 years in all.
Luke’s writing in the book of Acts reflects the same remarkable accuracy as we have already noted Marks his Gospel. Sir William M. Ramsay rates the writer of Acts “among the historians of the first rank,”and he explained whats this means by saying; “The first and the essential quality of the great historian is truth. What he says must be trustworthy.”
Very little is known of the personal life of Luke. Luke himself was not an apostle but was associated with those who were. ( Luke 1:1-4) In three instances the apostle Paul mentions Luke by name. (Col. 4:10,14; 2 Tim. 4 :11; Philem.24) For some years he was the constant companion of Paul, who called him ” the beloved physician physician.”
There is a shifting back and forth in the account between “they ” and we,” indicating that Luke was with Paul at Troas during Paul’s second missionary tour, that he may have remained behind at Philipi until Paul returned some years later, and he then rejoined Paul and accompanied him on his trip to Rome for Trial.