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Acts: An Exegetical Commentary: Introduction and 1:1-2:47 Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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In the first volume of this four-volume commentary, Craig Keener introduces the book of Acts and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters, including more than 10,000 references from extrabiblical ancient sources.
"Somewhat surprisingly, a socio-historical approach to Acts still needs to be defended and its value demonstrated. No one does this better--is more informed about ancient literature, parallels, and precedents, and more interactively and fruitfully engaged with contemporary literature and issues--than Craig Keener. In the introduction (a monograph in itself), his treatment of the genre of Acts, especially his judicious discussion of the genre 'novel,' of the character of ancient historiography, and of the historical integrity and value of Acts, is unbeatable in today's market. For anyone wanting to appreciate how Acts 'worked' in its original context and to get into the text at some depth, Keener will be indispensable and 'first off the shelf.'"
--James D. G. Dunn, University of Durham
"Keener takes very seriously the claim of the book of Acts to be historiography. His encyclopedic knowledge of ancient literature and his intelligent skill as an exegete make this a magisterial commentary."
--Richard Bauckham, University of St. Andrews; Ridley Hall, Cambridge
"This first volume promises to be the inaugural component of the most comprehensive commentary on Acts to date. Keener presents a socio-historical reading of the text with meticulous precision, and his knowledge of scholarly research is impressive. The documentation from ancient Jewish literature is exceptionally rich. From now on, any exegesis of Acts will need to take into account this major work."
--Daniel Marguerat, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Early Christianity developed in a complex and multifaceted context, one that Craig Keener masterfully presents in this socially and historically oriented commentary on Acts. As one has come to expect from Keener, there is thorough knowledge and use of the best and most important secondary literature and abundant utilization of a wide range of ancient sources. This is a commentary that will continue to serve as a detailed resource for both scholars and students."
--Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity College
"A monumental exegetical commentary. . . . Scholars and readers of the Acts of the Apostles will find it a precious source for consultation. In addition, Keener's attention to the work of Luke-Acts and the comparison he draws with Paul's letters will greatly profit those who are interested in the Third Gospel and the person of Paul."
--Fr. G. Claudio Bottini, Faculty of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology (Studium Biblicum Franciscanum), Jerusalem
"With a monograph-level introduction and solid, detailed use of background sources, Craig Keener has provided us with a rich gem of a commentary on Acts."
--Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
"Keener shows convincingly how broadly and deeply Acts participates in ancient Hellenistic and Jewish thinking. This meticulous reconstruction fits well with his deep insights on Lukan theology in Acts. I expect this to be a marvelous, impressive, and inspiring commentary!"
--Manfred Lang, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg
About the Author
Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) the F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, and commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.
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Apart from the regular introductory materials, he includes issues such as Israel's story and the place of Judaism within the framework of Acts, the geographic background, Luke's perspective as a physican, women and gender in Luke's writings, and especially a section on Luke's pneumatology. His commentary section refers back to the introductory material. His bibliography is extensive and up to date. this may becomes a standard work of reference when completed.
I am still carefully studying the commentary while re-examining portions of what I've already read and I think that, Lord willing, this examination should last me until the next volume comes out. I have commentaries on my shelf By Bock, Peterson, Schnabel and Marshall to name a few and I've learned a great deal from them all ( I must include Stott's wonderful little commentary), but this is the one-stop book that I've been looking for. I would pick up something from Bock's commentary and wonder how I could dig deeper in that vein, then I would spot something in Peterson's that would send me off on a different tangent. And while most of the commentaries on my shelf supply footnotes, it is not always easy, or possible, to follow up on those notes unless you're willing to spend a lot of cash. Dr. Keener's first volume, while chock full of footnotes, usually supplies any incidental information that might tweak your curiosity.
I cannot wait until the next volume comes out and I cannot give any commentary I've read on the Book of Acts, heck, maybe any commentary period, higher praise and recommendation! May God receive much glory and honor through the study of His wonderful Book of History and may you be transformed and humbled by the Holy Spirit as you submit to Him by studying and applying what you learn...
The first volume had an extensive introduction to which one will occasionally refer. Many may find the commentary 'too wordy'
as he gives supplementary historical material within the commentary section. As the title states this is an exegetical commentary
blending the historical background, with textual and theological insights. One could say this commentary is exhaustive in scope.
He has well documented the text with footnotes and further resources from different theological backgrounds. Regardless your
theological background you will find it insightful and challenging with many golden nuggets.