The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary [SRC]   -     By: Ben Witherington III
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The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary [SRC]

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1997 / Paperback

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The Acts of the Apostles breaks fresh ground in providing a detailed social and rhetorical analysis of the book of Acts. This commentary interacts with the scholarly discussion found in the various excursuses in the book , draws on the best new insights from a number of disciplines (narratological studies of Luke-Acts, archaeological and social scientific study of the New Testament, rhetorical analysis of Acts, comparative studies in ancient historiography) to provide the reader with the benefits of recent innovative ways of analyzing the text of Acts. In addition there is detailed attention to major theological and historical issues, including the question of the relationship of Acts to the Pauline letters, the question of early Christian history and how the church grew and developed, the relationship between early Judaism and early Christianity, and the relationship between Christianity and the officials of the Roman Empire. Acts is seen as a historical monograph with affinities with the approaches of serious Greek historians such as Thucydides and Polybius in terms of methodology, and affinities with some forms of Jewish historiography (including Old Testament history) in terms of content or subject matter.The book is illustrated with various pictures and charts, which help to bring to light the character and setting of these narratives.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 874
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802845010
ISBN-13: 9780802845016
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Series: Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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  1. Sacramento, CA
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    October 29, 2010
    Fr Timothy
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    I purchased this commentary to help me prepare for an adult Bible Study, and I have never taught through Acts before. I was immediately attracted to this book by Dr. Ben Witherington because I have bought and used his works before, and I had confidence that he would produce a very fine and helpful book. I am very pleased. He has dealt well with the myriad of issues in the book of Acts, genre, chronology, etc. His clear thinking and focus on the socio-rhetorical setting is especially illuminating in Acts. I am grateful for his hard work on this very fine commentary.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 21, 2009
    Rob McMichael
    A must have! Witherington sifts through tremendous information--as his bibliography would suggest--in a very readable style. Background information here is quite useful and he allows the reader to 'enter in' to the 1st century in a manner that most academic commentaries do not permit. I have this commentary in addition to Barrett's (ICC); the two are quite different; however, Witherington produces a friendlier version than Barrett. One can plainly see, however, that Barrett was the shoulder upon which Witherington stood to formulate some of the ideas in his book. Witherington has written a good & unique commentary on Acts: a NT book that is somewhat devoid of estimable or creditable works.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 17, 2001
    Buddy Boone
    Ben Witherington is simply one of the finest Christian scholars of our day. This work on Acts is another of his colossal achievements. The introduction covers all the ground one would expect (authorship, date, audience, structure, theology, purpose, etc), as well as a tremendous amount of detailed background information regarding Luke's use of rhetoric and the sociological situation of the day. The huge treatment of the question of whether Luke-Acts is biographical or historical monograph is extremely helpful. The detail of this work is immense. The thing I like about Ben Witherington's work is that it is obvious that he is not merely reshaping the work of other writers. He seems to have combed through the text with careful thought and emerged with provocative insights in some areas, and helpful reiteration of historic viewpoints in others. His sections, A CLOSER LOOK, provide detailed information not found in other commentaries. Another great benefit of this work is that Witherington has surely plumbed the depths of the difficult work of C.K. Barrett, which likely influenced his research at times along the way. Barrett's work (ICC) is too difficult for most of us, but we can enjoy some of it through Witherington's work. This commentary is a treasure that will yield great riches to the pastor/teacher in a study through Acts. Use it along with Bruce and Marshall (and, perhaps, Fitzmyer), for an exhaustive study of Acts.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 6, 2000
    Steven R. Taylor
    This commentary is excellent. It is especially helpful for the study of Paul, his missions, and his letters. For a paperback it is a bit expensive, but it is well worth the price.
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