Ramsay wrote this book to tell the story of
Paul's life as it was documented in the Book of Acts.
Before Ramsay begins his study of Paul's life, he
discusses the date, composition, and authorship of Acts.
"The first and the essential quality of the great
historian is truth," says Ramsay. Of the four types of
historical writing, namely, romance, legend, second rate
history, and first rate history, Ramsay classifies the
Book of Acts as first rate historical writing. The
characterization of Paul found in Acts contains such
individualized detail that the author could not have
gathered this information by any means other than personal acquaintances
and original sources. As such, Ramsay believes that the author of Acts
has attained a superior mark of historical accuracy and literary
trustworthiness. St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen
an excellent study of the Book of Acts as well as of Paul's life and
travels in first century Asia, Greece, and Rome.