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41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.(A)

Communal Life.[a] 42 (B)They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.(C) 43 Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.(D)

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  1. 2:42–47 The first of three summary passages (along with Acts 4:32–37; 5:12–16) that outline, somewhat idyllically, the chief characteristics of the Jerusalem community: adherence to the teachings of the Twelve and the centering of its religious life in the eucharistic liturgy (Acts 2:42); a system of distribution of goods that led wealthier Christians to sell their possessions when the needs of the community’s poor required it (Acts 2:44 and the note on Acts 4:32–37); and continued attendance at the temple, since in this initial stage there was little or no thought of any dividing line between Christianity and Judaism (Acts 2:46).

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