Acts of the Apostles—Study Aids

Holy Scriptures — Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles covers the Resurrection, Assension, Pentacost, Miracles of the Apostles, First Martyrs, First Decaons, Council of Jerusalem, and Paul's Missionary Journeys.

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Recommended Reading

Many introductory questions for the Acts of the Apostles unit can be answered by referring to a good Children's Bible. The Bible histories listed below are in the public domain and are available in electronic form online or as an ebook.

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Children's Bible — New Testament  by Sherman and Kent

This Children's Bible was a favorite in many American homes for decades. The authors were renowned scholars of biblical literature and every section is rendered with care to preserve Biblical accuracy while retelling the most important stories in common language. This second volume of the Children's Bible covers the New Testament, from the Birth of Christ, to the Acts of the Apostles, ending with Stories from the Epistles of Paul, James, and John.

Reading Recommendation: Chapters 26-40
(26) Wonders of Pentecost to (40) Paul's Last Words

Bible History for Catholics   by R. Gilmour

The first two thirds of this book summarize most of the important Bible stories in both the Old and New Testaments at a level of detail appropriate for older elementary students. The final third includes a short history of the major events in Church history from the Missionary Journeys of Paul to the French Revolution.

Advanced questions for the Acts of the Apostles unit require familiarity with the New Testament. The Douai Rheims and Revised Standard Version are both reliable and can be Read Online or found in many bookstores.

The Holy Bible: Douai-Rheims Version

The Douay-Rheims Version of the Holy Bible, translated between the years 1582 and 1610 and revised by Bishop Richard Challoner from 1749-1752, is the most accurate English translation of the Bible available today. It was the only Catholic translation of Scripture commonly in use for over 200 years.

Reading Recommendation: (links to online version)
    Acts of the Apostles: Chapters 1-28

Online Videos of Interest

There are several very worthwhile video series related to Acts of the Apostles.

The "Read Scripture" series from the Bible Project has commentary on all of the Books of the New Testament at a level appropriate to Middle or High School Students. The videos are cleverly illustrated and each lasts between 7 and 10 minutes. The two vidoes related to the Acts of the Apostles are:

The Perfect Peace Online Curriculum also produces short videos with Biblical commentary. Their short video on Paul's Missionary Journey gives and illustrated narrative of his travels.

In addition to the commentaries listed above there a several humorous or narrative videos that are appropriate for younger children, or for general entertainment. I few noteworhty examples are as follows:

  • Book of Acts in Three Minutes (3 minutes). This is a short and somewhat irreverant look at the Acts of the Apostles, but it is highly amusing and surprisignly informative.
  • The Book of Acts [4 of 20] (10 minutes). This ten minute segment is just a short clip from a two hour dramatization that recounts the entire Book of Acts. It is a well done production, and broken up into short segments. Only one of twenty segments is given here.
  • Mondo Worlds — Acts of the Apostles (26 minutes). This is a half hour cartoon that tells the story of the Apostles at a grammar school level. Older students may find it corny, but younger students will enjoy it.

There are many more videos covering various Bible topics at interest levels appropriate for both younger and older students.