Travelogue in Acts

Today’s readings for Morning Prayer include a few paragraphs from Acts describing where Paul and Silas went, how they were chased out, or slipped out, of a city to avoid arrest. How those left behind were dragged before the authorities, how believers from one city went to another city to stir things up. How the authorities staged “false flag” events to justify arresting believers. It seems like a central question the reader should ask is: Why was this so important to record for posterity?

The reading also carefully outlines that there were believers of many nationalities, and that there were believers who were women. And “not a few.” Again, you have to ask, why does the author take pains to point this out?

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