- 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: #2,850,617 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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About the Author
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).