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The book of Acts was written by the same person who wrote Luke’s Gospel, and it traces the activities of Jesus’s followers from around the year 30 to around the year 60 of the 1st century. The book itself was written some decades later, after the events it describes. The writer looks back to that early formative period with the perspective of hindsight. In this lecture, we’ll consider the first 11 chapters of Acts, focusing in particular on three topics: the early Christian community’s formation, internal and external conflicts that shaped the community’s identity, and the community’s expansion to include people from various ethnic groups.