The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology - eBook
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|Title: The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology - eBook|
By: Osvaldo Padilla
Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
|Publication Date: 2016|
Stock No: WW82320EB
St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London
It is rare to find a work that blends epistemological, hermeneutical and historiographic sophistication with mature handling of the extensive primary and secondary literature, but this is such a work. Padilla's introduction to questions of the authorship and genre of Acts and the character of its speeches is a superbly informed and trustworthy guide.
F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
This study of the book of Acts presents Luke not only as author but also as exemplary historian, storyteller and theologian. Luke's three-stranded cord of authorial discourse is on conspicuous display in his composition of Peter's, Stephen's, Philip's and Paul's speeches. Where other textbooks often focus on the narratives in Acts (e.g., Pentecost) and the practices of the early church, Padilla highlights the speeches in Acts and their continuing significance, going beyond the call of New Testament duty by dialoguing with postliberal theologians and asking whether they can do justice to the speeches in Acts and in particular their truth claims. The result is an introductory text that not only illumines the book of Acts, but also encourages Christians today to 'act out the acts of the apostles' (John Donne), to speak out their speech acts.
-Kevin J. Vanhoozer,
research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"The book proves to be well-researched and engaging."
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