Acts, Volume 1: An Exegetical Commentary Introduction and 1:1-2:47  -     By: Craig S. Keener
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Prolific and unequally detailed New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, may be the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentary available. Useful not only for the study of Acts but also early Christianity, this work sets Acts in its first-century context.

In this volume, the first of four, Keener introduces the book of Acts, particularly historical questions related to it, and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters. He utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and offers a wealth of fresh insights. This magisterial commentary will be a valuable resource for New Testament professors and students, pastors, Acts scholars, and libraries.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 896
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.25 X 7.25 X 2.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801048362
ISBN-13: 9780801048364
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Highly respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, may be the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentary available. Useful not only for the study of Acts but also early Christianity, this work sets Acts in its first-century context.

In this volume, the first of four, Keener introduces the book of Acts, particularly historical questions related to it, and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters. He utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and offers a wealth of fresh insights. This magisterial commentary will be a valuable resource for New Testament professors and students, pastors, Acts scholars, and libraries.

Author Bio

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.

Endorsements

Craig Keener's academic commentaries are among the most important in print, because they not only summarize former scholarship but also add so many new insights from primary literature of the time.
David Instone-Brewer,
Tyndale House, Cambridge

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. One can use it and get a real sense of what this key work is all about.
Darrell L. Bock,
research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

This book is a monumental exegetical commentary thanks to the amount of literary and social-historical information in it. 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,
professor of introduction and exegesis of the New Testament and emeritus dean, Faculty of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology (Studium Biblicum Franciscanum), Jerusalem

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.' Bring on volumes 2-4!
James D. G. Dunn,
Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham

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 in the areas of concern 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 wishing to explore these crucial dimensions of the book of Acts.
Stanley E. Porter,
president, dean, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College

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 book of Acts is read as a historiographical work in which its author rewrites traditions; the documentation from ancient Jewish literature is exceptionally rich. Keener treats hermeneutical issues and the historical reliability of the text astutely and clearly. From now on, any exegesis of Acts will need to take into account this major work.
Daniel Marguerat,
professor of New Testament, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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,
professor emeritus of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews; senior scholar, Ridley Hall, Cambridge

This commentary sets Acts in its ancient social and historical setting with so many parallels that Johann Jakob Wettstein would have congratulated Keener even on this first volume of four! 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. Keener's wide reading of scholarly discussion is stupendous and his introduction a monograph in itself. I expect this to be a marvelous, impressive, and inspiring commentary!
Manfred Lang,
associate professor of New Testament, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg

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    I must confess I debated to buy this because of the price and massive work that it is. It is going to be somewhat expensive to get all four volumes. However, I did invest in it because I am writing on Acts. As I am working through this volume, I observe:

    (1) Keener is a serious and superlative scholar of the highest rank.

    (2) It is a massive and detailed work. It is not a book for one who does not have some academic training. The depth and width of research numbs the mind. Commentaries come in different levels and are written for different audiences. It is clearly he is writing to an academic audience. It is one of the most academic works I have seen in some time.

    (3) His approach is social-historical more than exegetical. The term exegetical is almost a misnomer, which he seems to admit (p.6). He certainly emphasizes social-historical, rhetorical and cultural connections of Acts over grammatical and lexical details. This is an important to know in considering this work.

    (4) This surely will be the most comprehensive documented work on Acts to date.

    In this massive work over 60% of this volume takes up introducing the book of Acts. The introduction is detailed, comprehensive and extensive, leaving hardly a stone un-turned. He gives all sides of major introductory issues, and completely document (many of the pages are filled half way with footnotes). I found much of the material as interesting. The parts of the introduction that I found helpful are on Paul and Acts, and the dating of Acts (although his conclusion is not the same as mine). However, the introduction may be too academic for many.

    The heart of the work is the commentary. I find it very worthwhile. He takes a little different approach in that he centers his comments on verses by subject, rather than phrase by phrase. For example in Acts 1:9-11 his breakdown is:

    Signs of Glory: Cloud, angels, Heaven and Return (1:9-11)

    The Cloud (1:9)

    The Angels (1:10)

    Heaven (1:11)

    Returning the Same Way He Left (1:11)

    His comments are helpful and insightful. He has charts throughout his commentary. Along with a number of Excursus scattered throughout the commentary. His comments are loaded with background and thought in the first century. He aims to bring out the meaning and thinking of the original readers. In these areas he is unsurpassed. He is fair in the consideration and presentation of other views. There are others that are stronger in grammatical and lexical details (i.e. Schnabel, Peterson). However, he excels in his social-historical approach. He is reader friendly. Interestingly there is no printed index, but is on a CD that comes with the book, which I find cumbersome in using. There is no quick way to look things up. But again it is another 400 pages.

    Overall, this is a top ranked commentary which will last the test of time. It may well become the best academic work on Acts and may be overwhelming for average readers or Pastor. It will become a necessity to use for any academic work and research. I urge caution before you decide to buy. I am glad I decided to invest in this work.
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    It is gives a comprehensive and an in depth research on the book of Acts.A great work.
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