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School of Religion


Religion: Pastoral Ministries


Acts, crowd, ochlos


Biblical Studies | Christianity


The book of Acts is an entity of its own. While it is a part of the canonical Bible as one of the sixty-six books, it is unique in that it presents the continuation of God’s plan from Jesus Christ to the growth of the early Christian church. More than that, in the book of Acts God further develops his plan of restoration to include not only the Jews but also the Gentiles. With Acts being a unique work of literature, each component of the work uniquely moves the story along. One component is that of the crowd, specifically the Greek word ochlos. This study will trace and examine the development of the ochlos from Luke’s authorship of his gospel through the book of Acts.