- Series: Biblical Studies Library
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic (April 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080102496X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801024962
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus (Biblical Studies Library) Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"David Pao's richly detailed and persuasive analysis admirably demonstrates the centrality of Isaianic New Exodus themes for the soteriology and ecclesiology of Acts, and thereby also illuminates, in an original manner, other important themes in Luke's work." -Max Turner, London Bible College "Enriches and enlivens every thoughtful reading of Acts. No one who teaches or preaches through Acts will want to be without this volume." -D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "Contemporary scholarship increasingly recognizes the importance of the Old Testament in the New. Earlier scholars established the significance of Isaiah's theme of the New Exodus for the early Christians; now David Pao argues for its central role in Acts and helps us to read Luke's work from a fresh angle." -I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen "Pao moves the conversation forward in a welcome way by highlighting the pervasiveness of the Scriptures' influence in Luke's narrative, emphasizing Luke's deployment of the Scriptures in the service of ecclesiology and demonstrating how Luke has appropriated the scriptural tradition in profoundly constructive ways." -Joel B. Green, Asbury Theological Seminary "Persuasively shows the wide and deep influence of the Isaianic New Exodus motif on Luke's presentation of the early church and the purposes of God in Acts. This careful and detailed work deserves to be read widely. I commend it most warmly to all who wish to increase their understanding of Acts." -Steve Walton, London Bible College "The book is a valuable contribution, for a comprehensive biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments and for a better evaluation of Luke as a theologian of salvationhistory." -Martin Hengel, University of Tubingen David W. Pao (Ph.D., Harvard University) is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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David W. Pao (Ph.D., Harvard University) is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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Pao uses a literary-critical methodology in his approach. This focuses on the assumption that the author is not merely a "collator of sources but also a skilled writer" (pg. 17).
The writing style is not terribly difficult but it is a re-worked dissertation. It would be great to see a layman's version of this book by the same author. The book includes some Greek and some Hebrew, most of which is translated for the reader.
Timothy Porter has a relatively neutral and brief review of this book in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) vol 45 pg. 364-5.
Here are some positions and assumptions that Pao takes (they are generally conservative):
1. Luke contains midrash techniques but does not fall under that generic genre (pg. 9).
2. He does not use first-, second-, third- Isaiah designations (pg. 19).
3. The unity of Luke-Acts is assumed and affirmed (pg. 19).
4. The "we" passages are inclusive of the author himself and Paul (pg 22).
5. Acts was written "towards AD 70" (pg 29).
6. Quotations from Isaiah by Luke do justice to the context (pg. 31).
7. He acknowledges the possibility of Q (pg. 38).