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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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The Acts of the Apostles, has three main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by an group of insightful treaties on the theology of the book of Acts, followed by an exegetical commentary on Acts. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book of Acts while demonstrating its place within scripture as a whole. The introduction is neither long nor relatively short at fifty pages, Peterson interacts with modern, older, and critical works. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different mythological approaches to study this book, a needed aspect when studying the book of Acts.
In reference to the commentary section on the text of this historical narrative, Peterson takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his the TNIV as a translation, something this whole series does, but also interacts with other translations and inserts his own translation when he differs with all other translations, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself.
With regard of recommending in, Acts of the Apostles, to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and to some extent Laymen, there is enough scholarly weight to this work to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the laymen that is looking for a devotional commentary this is not a devotional type of commentary and it would be hard to use it as such. There are many commentaries about the book of Acts available at this moment but Acts of the Apostles of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series is one of the greatest treatments on the Biblical book that has ever been.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Acts of the Apostles: Pillar New Testament Commentary
© 2009 by David G. Patterson
Page Count: 846 Pages
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