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The Acts of the Apostles (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Paperback – December 2, 1998
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Original Language: Greek --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Since Acts was most likely written by the same person who composed the Gospel of Luke, it is only fitting that the Anchor Bible Commentaries on these New Testament books should be written by the same author. With "The Acts of the Apostles, Fitzmyer gives readers the long-awaited companion to his two-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke.
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I was quite surprised to discover that this work was but one volume long, since `Acts' is almost as long as the Gospel. The reason is as mundane as an editorial judgment by senior editors at Doubleday, the publisher of the Anchor Bible series. Oddly enough, the foreshortened perspective this forced on the author may actually have been a very good thing for non-professional readers. That is, pastoral and lay readers, who may be using the book as part of a Bible study series. Fitzmyer left out much discussion on the wide range of opinions on many issues which, for the non-scholarly user is largely a waste of time.
In spite of this loss, Fitzmyer still provides one of the most valuable resources, the detailed bibliographies after each pericope, giving sources of opinions in interpreting the text. Fitzmyer also includes several features which one does not find very often, and which are revealing, even if you do not read them in depth. The first is the complete text of his own translation of `Acts'. This is an excellent feature, as one suggestion all advisors on Bible reading agree on is that it is wise to read the entire book through before digging into the details of individual verses and pericopes. It is unusual for him to do this, as he did not do it in his two volume treatment of `Luke'.Read more ›
The only drawback that I found to be with the commentary was that it felt like Fitzmeyer could have put more of his own voice into it. He does an amazing job of gathering resources and interacting with almost everything that he mentions, but it felt, at times, he could have expanded upon his own thoughts a bit more. Please do not get me wrong, this is an excellent commentary. Especially if you are looking for a commentary that is going to give you all of the facts without an exegete trying at every turn to force their own specialized understanding of the text upon you.
If you are looking for a solid, approachable, and scholarly commentary on Acts you cannot go wrong with Fitzmeyer's Anchor Commentary. If you want something that has as much information but may be slightly less conservative in regard to the author sharing their own views on some of the more ticklish verses in the book, I would suggest taking a look at Bock's Baker Commentary. Or, you could always purchase both.
Overall, probably the most accessible of the higher level commentaries that will show you the standard approach to the Book of Acts. A perfect starting point.
As a result I have learned to better appreciate and actually love the Lucan perspective and I am sure that you would to
I was surprised to discover that in this book all Greek text is printed only in a Roman lettering transcription, when one really would have expected the Greek alphabet to be used for a book of this standing. In amazing contrast to this, a Norwegian source is quoted in the original language and without a translation. With theological works of a certain academic level (which this book presumably purports to be), quotations from German are often not translated, on the (arrogant? unreasonable?) assumption that any serious theologian will be able to read German - but no Norwegian would be offended if his words were translated for speakers of other languages - especially in a book where Greek quotations are always translated into English (except for re-quotations of words and phrases from a verse that has been translated at the beginning of the same section).
Fitzmyer deals with textual and theological problems, instead of pretending (as do some commentaries) that such problems do not exist. An example of this is his discussion of the circumcision of Timothy as recorded in Acts 16:3 (cf. Fitzmyer pp 573-575). However, the best treatment of this is - as is often the case - in F.F. Bruce's book on Acts.Read more ›
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The whole Commentary on Luke (Gospel and Acts) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer is an outstanding exegetic work.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nearly as useful as his "Gospel of Luke" in the same series. But I suspect he has depended on our reading other, more deeply exegetical volumes by other authors as well.Published 14 months ago by Raymond N. Armstrong