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The Acts of the Apostles (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) Hardcover – April 15, 2009
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-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.Read more ›
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I have preached through chapter 2 and have to say the first 150 pages are great. I am using Peterson and Polhill as my commentaries and would go with Polhill for readability but... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brent G. Williams