Acts 1:1
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English Standard Version
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,

King James Bible
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

American Standard Version
The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach,

Douay-Rheims Bible
THE former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach,

English Revised Version
The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach,

Webster's Bible Translation
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

Weymouth New Testament
My former narrative, Theophilus, dealt with all that Jesus did and taught as a beginning, down to the day on which,

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Vincent's Word Studies

The former (τὸν πρῶτον)

Lit., the first. Luke refers to his Gospel.

Treatise (λόγον)

Or narrative.

Began (ἤρξατο)

This is interpreted in two ways. Either, (1), as a simple historical statement equivalent to "all that Jesus did and taught." In favor of this is the fact that the synoptists often record that which is done or said according to its moment of commencement, thus giving vividness to the account. See Matthew 11:20; Matthew 26:22, Matthew 26:37; Mark 6:7; Mark 14:19; Luke 7:38, etc. According to this explanation the word serves "to recall to the recollection from the Gospel all the several incidents and events, up to the ascension, in which Jesus had appeared as doer and teacher" (Meyer). Or, (2), as indicating that the Gospel contains the beginning, and the Acts of the Apostles the continuation, of the doings and teachings of Jesus. "The earthly life of Jesus, concluded with the ascension, has its fruit and continued efficacy; and his heavenly life, commencing with the ascension, has its manifestation and proof in the acts and experiences of the apostles and first churches. The history of the Church was under the immediate control of the exalted Redeemer, and may justly be considered as the continuation in heaven of the work which he had begun on earth" (Baumgarten and Gloag). While the truth and importance of this statement are admitted, it is objected that such an intention on Luke's part would have been more clearly intimated, and not left to be inferred from a single doubtful phrase. As regards Luke's intention, I think the first explanation is more likely to be correct. The second, however, states a truth, the value and importance of which cannot be overestimated, and which should be kept in mind constantly in the study of the book of Acts. This is well put by Bernard ("Progress of Doctrine in the New Testament," Lect. IV.): "Thus the history which follows is linked to, or (may I not rather say) welded with the past; and the founding of the Church in the earth is presented as one continuous work, begun by the Lord in person, and perfected by the same Lord through the ministry of men.... 'The former treatise' delivered to us, not all that Jesus did and taught, but 'all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day when he was taken up.' The following writings appear intended to give us, and do, in fact, profess to give us, that which Jesus continued to do and teach after the day in which he was taken up."

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former.

Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

O Theophilus.

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you in order...

of.

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs...

Matthew 4:23,24 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom...

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up...

Luke 7:21-23 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and to many that were blind he gave sight...

Luke 24:19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth...

John 10:32-38 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me...

John 18:19-21 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine...

1 Peter 2:21-23 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps...

Cross References
Luke 1:3
it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

Luke 3:23
Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,

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