The Book of Acts: Witnesses to the World - Twenty-first Century Biblical Commentary
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WE EASILY IDENTIFY WITH THE PEOPLE IN ACTS because Luke never allows us to forget their humanity. It's impossible to confuse Peter or Paul with fictional characters. No ancient novelist would ever have created men whose lives were characterized by such dramatic contradictions: the brash and blustering everyman who blossoms overnight into an elder statesman; a movement's most infamous persecutor who develops into its most prominent advocate. Luke has drawn two millennial's worth of readers into the overlapping apostolic "adventures of these two first-century Jewish men who, while so dissimilar, shared a common vision and served the same Messiah.
In a series of vignettes, or "postcards", some historical, some biographical, still others theological. Acts reveals the successes and defeats, the conquest and tragedies of the original band of Jesus'followers. In Acts we are able to share in the joy, the loss, the frustration, the passionate debate and the ultimate triumph of these pioneers of Christianity. These are ordinary people who, through the power and enablement of the Holy Spirit, accomplish extraordinary tings in the name of their messiah. In less than one generation this initial cohort of Christians boldly "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6) !
Steven Ger is a "Hebrew of Hebrews", a fourth-generation Jewish believer, whose Jewish-Christian perspective will bring new life to your understanding of the book of Acts.
STEVEN GER is the founder and director of Sojourner Ministries, an organization dedicated to exploring the Jewish of Christianity. Steven's life is dedicated to helping people see their messiah more clearly through Hebrew eyes.
Steven was brought up in both church and synagogue due to his distinctive heritage as a Jewish Christian. he later earned a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steven has lectured at Dallas Theological Seminary and at Tyndale Seminary, and has led eleven tours to Israel, with extensions to Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Turkey, and Germany. he also served for seven years as Director of Worship/Education at providence Church in Rowlett, Texas. Steven lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Adria and their son Jonathan Gabriel,
"The godly men involved in the Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary Series are dedicated to the inspiration of Scripture and to the blessed hope of the return of the Lord. Without hesitation, I commend the work for Sunday school teachers, pastors, and all interested students of the Bible".
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Steve Laughman5 Stars Out Of 5February 18, 2009Steve LaughmanI just finished leading a year long men's Bible study through the books of Acts. This commentary was extremely helpful. It gives enough information without loading you down with facts. The Jewish perspective brought a new understanding of the mindset of the apostles and early church leaders. I have used several commentaries from this series and they have all been great.
Delcena Scott5 Stars Out Of 5April 3, 2008Delcena ScottI have read many commentaries, but this is the best by far. A Jewish Christian perspective that allows one to see the rituals, laws, etc. that influenced the developing church. By all means, read this one.
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