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About the Author

David G. Peterson is senior research fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. His previous books include Engaging with God and (with I. Howard Marshall) Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Pillar New Testament Commentary
  • Hardcover: 846 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 1st edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080283731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802837318
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ferrie on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have been using Peterson on Acts for several weeks now. It was not available when I first started preaching through Acts and I was relying heavily upon Bock and Stott and others. The others are good but Peterson is outstanding. He does not get bogged down. He keeps working through the material in the most helpful way. He not only accurately and succinctly explains the text, but he is also not afraid to say what it means. It is very inspiring and helpful to one who wants to apply as well as understand God's Word. Especially helpful is his explanation of the early church as the "new Israel". I highly recommend this valuable new commentary.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Hart on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Worth its weight in gold! This is a serious commentary of over 700 pages, but the information is accessible and readable. High quality scholarship of one who believes what he writes and ideal for writing expository styles sermons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir David Mbelu on April 12, 2014
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This book is reach for Acts commentaries. It touches every part of the book of Acts. Very good for inquisitive students.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam on October 2, 2014
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For an Acts Bible study I am doing I picked up these commentaries:

-C.K. Barrett's two volume work in the ICC series
-Luke Timothy Johnson's work in the Sacra Pagina series
-William Willimon's book in the Interpretation series
-I. Howard Marshall's volume in the Tyndale series
-The Venerable Bede's Acts commentary published by Cistercian Publications
-Jaroslav Pelikan's book in the Brazos Theological Commentary series
-this one, by Peterson in the Pillar series

Peterson's commentary is not bad, but it in a couple respects it leaves much to be desired. Peterson does not go into nearly enough detail about the Greek text. The Greek text is also transliterated, which is not helpful for me. He also does not seem to have the practical and theological insights of either Willimon or L.T. Johnson. It seems as if most of the time Peterson is quoting other authors rather than interacting with them and producing his own conclusions. He quotes Barrett, Bock, and Witherington frequently. Why not just go to Barrett himself than read Peterson's quotations of Barrett? I have found that when I need to figure out a difficult passage, these other commentators are almost always more helpful and insightful than Peterson.

I do not care for this commentary, but many evangelical Christians who do not wish to get lost in technical details and need a comprehensive Acts commentary probably will like it. I give it three stars instead of two because it can still be a useful commentary for some, but it has not been very useful for me. It is a step above many of the devotional/pastoral commentaries that exist, but it is a significant step below C.K. Barrett's technical commentary in the ICC series.
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