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In a magnificent retelling of Luke's account of the continuation of the life-transforming events of Jesus, Lord and Christ, into the development of the early Christian church comes Carl R. Holladay's Acts: A Commentary. Holladay's commentary is theologically rich and steeped in narrative analysis that understands the high level of literary style as an expression of the theological content and the telling of the Christian origin. This volume from the New Testament Library offers pastors, scholars, and people of faith with a theological, contextual, and literary interpretation and in-depth critical commentary on the book of Acts.
About the Series
The New Testament Library offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, as well as classic volumes of scholarship. The commentaries in this series provide fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, offer critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, pay careful attention to their literary design, and present a theologically perceptive exposition of the text. The editorial board consists of C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary; M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School; and John T. Carroll, Union Presbyterian Seminary.
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Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2016
Series: New Testament Library
Highly respected scholar Carl R. Holladay offers an in-depth critical commentary on the book of Acts in this new work from the acclaimed New Testament Library series. Holladay offers a theological, contextual, and literary interpretation, paying attention to Acts as a rich narrative that accounts for the development of the early Christian church. He sees Luke's literary style as an expression of its theological purpose. Holladay writes, "Convinced that Jesus' life and death and the emergence of the early Christian movement occurred under divine guidance and continued the biblical story by fulfilling God's ancient promises, Luke decided to incorporate them into a grandly conceived narrative told in a dignified yet dramatic style. Acts reflects the close relationship between medium and message, yet it also illustrates how the medium is the message." Holladay's commentary is theologically rich and steeped in narrative analysis that understands the high level of literary style as an expression of the theological content and the telling of the Christian origin.
The New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text. The contributors are scholars of international standing. The editorial board consists of C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary; M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School; and John T. Carroll, Union Presbyterian Seminary.
The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful CommentaryApril 18, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Acts: A Commentary is written by Carl R. Holliday and published by Westminster John Knox Press is one of the well written modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. Acts: A Commentary is the most recent volume of The New Testament Library, a scholarly series renounced for its thoroughness, this volume continues this legacy. While Holliday is no stranger to commentaries, yet this is his first volume in this series on scripture. This volume is one of the most through without being too dense. It is relatively short for a commentary one Acts yet Holidays commendable scholarship makes up for any perceived lack with regard to size. Furthermore while I disagree with some of the conclusions that Holliday draws yet he is consistent in his presuppositions and his arguments.
Acts: A Commentary begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work does dive into history and recent scholarship, which Acts: A Commentary does a phenomenal job of rather; it is the thoroughness that Holiday takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Holiday though has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, without losing the forest in the trees.
In reference to the commentary on the text of this book of history, Holiday takes painstaking care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. Yet while this commentary can be technical it is not so overtly technical that it obscures the helpfulness of the commentary.
With regard of recommending Acts: A Commentary, to others I would recommend this commentary to scholarly students of scripture. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Scholars, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough academic weight to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. For a Pastor who is more on the conservative side I would recommend this commentary in tandem with a commentary which examines the book of Acts from said point of view.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Westminster John Knox Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Acts: A Commentary: The New Testament Library
2016 by Carl R. Holiday
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Page Count: 608 Pages
Paul Smith4 Stars Out Of 5A Mixed BagFebruary 27, 2017Paul SmithQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Acts: A Commentary" is definitely a mixed bag of goodies. The introductory material is by far the best part of the commentary. Holladay has prepared a serious work on the book of Acts, and his scholarship is evident. Also, not often mentioned by scholars is the love they have for their subject. Holladay lets the reader know that this is no esoteric journey through exegetical minutiae. There is genuine affection in this work.
However, I was just slightly disappointed in the commentary itself. I do appreciate the author's own translation and his text-critical notes. I believe this is a major weakness of many commentaries - if the author cannot prepare his/her own translation of the text, why is he/she offering his/her expertise of the subject? So, this is a definite strong point of the commentary. On the other hand, many sections of the text are dealt with in a superficial manner, or not at all. Just one case in point (although, admittedly a minor one.) I was looking forward to the author's take on the stoning of Paul in ch. 14 - but the episode is passed over with hardly any notice. The same can be said of many points where the reader wishes there was much more detail in the treatment of thorny or simply curious accounts.
Another small issue I have is Holladay's willingness to attribute everything to Luke. I understand that Luke, following convention, more than likely framed some of the speeches in Acts in a certain way. But to state that Luke *created* the speeches is to go too far. Luke himself was careful to record that he researched his subject carefully, and while I do not believe he provided the speeches as verbatim accounts of what was spoken, I have no doubts but that Stephen and Peter and Paul spoke, and Luke transmitted. I guess my quibble is more with the suggestion that Luke was the creator of the speeches, and perhaps that is not what Dr. Holladay is saying.
Definitely a commentary worth owning, particularly in regard to the introductory section, and in the translation and text-critical comments. The actual "comments" are a mixed bag, however.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting New Commentary on Acts!February 24, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Carl Holladay has produced the latest volume in the New Testament Library series. The Book of Acts has had several major commentaries in the last few years, but this one shoots more at being a midsized commentary. Theres a little over 500 pages for the entire Book of Acts. Though NTL is known for being more from the critical camp, I found it more conservative than I expected. In addition, I found it helpful.
Though the commentary as a whole is midsized, he provided a major introduction in 70 pages. Frankly, it was a joy to read. Even if I didnt agree on every point, I appreciated the clear writing. He is not antagonistic to Luke being the author and he can accept a more conservative date though he would only be nailed down to a rather large range of dates. For sure, I was more confident of the historical trustworthiness of the history Luke provided than Mr. Holladay was.
Scholars will love his detailed description of the textual history of Acts that covered several pages, though that will be the least interesting part of the Introduction to most pastors. I became very interested again when he discussed the literary structure. His discussion of the speeches in the Book of Acts was outstanding including theology and purpose of the speeches. His explanation of the use of witness and use of the Old Testament was helpful. The final section of the narrative unity of Luke-Acts was thought-provoking. Again, I found much food for thought about what the Book of Acts seeks to accomplish.
The commentary proper was briefer than some of the other major commentaries I use, but still included several creative thoughts and every passage I reviewed.
This book might not be the first commentary I turn to when studying Acts, but it is one I will be checking in future studies. I predict this may become one of the more respected volumes in the series.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.