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The Acts of the Apostles (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) Hardcover – April 15, 2009
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— Palmer Theological Seminary
"David Peterson interacts with Acts scholarship fairly and in an up-to-date way; his literary and historical conclusions are well informed and sound. His introduction airs issues thoroughly, yet the entire work is easy to follow. Peterson consistently engages the cohesive, larger picture and the theological message of the book."
I. Howard Marshall
— University of Aberdeen
"Here in one convenient volume is the basic introductory information and verse-by-verse exegesis that New Testament students and preachers need in order to understand the second part of Luke's account of Christian beginnings. This commentary is noteworthy for its incorporation of a full essay on the theology of Acts and its careful attention to theological issues in the course of the exposition; at the same time it does not neglect historical and literary matters. I warmly commend this useful tool for study."
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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. If you are looking for a work that leaves no stone unturned in the Book of Acts, check out Barrett's. If you are looking for an engaging read, check out Willimon's. If you are looking for a reliable, mid-level commentary, check out Marshall's or Johnson's.