The Acts of the Apostles: Pillar New Testament Commentary [PNTC]
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The Acts of the Apostles [PNTC] offers a thorough exegesis of the Book of Acts, drawing on recent scholarship in the field of narrative criticism and theological analysis, incorporating insights about historical and social context, and seeking to investigate why Luke presents his material in the way that he does. Providing not only extensive engagement with hermeneutical issues and incorporation of insights on Greco-Roman background, but also guidelines for contemporary application of LukeB's material, The Acts of the Apostles will prove extremely relevant for any preacher or teacher of Luke-Acts.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 848
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080283731X
ISBN-13: 9780802837318
Series: Pillar NT Commentary

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A new landmark in evangelical scholarship on the book of Acts.

Fifteen years in the making, this comprehensive commentary by David Peterson offers thorough exegesis and exposition of the Acts of the Apostles, drawing on recent scholarship in the fields of narrative criticism and theological analysis, incorporating insights into historical-social background, and investigating why Luke presents his material in the way he does. 

In view of how long the book of Acts is -- over a thousand verses -- Peterson's commentary is admirably economical yet meaty. His judgments, according to Don Carson, are always "sane, evenhanded, and judicious." Even while unpacking exegetical details, Peterson constantly scans the horizon, keeping the larger picture in mind. With its solid exegesis, astute theological analysis, and practical contemporary application, Peterson's Acts of the Apostles is a commentary that preachers, teachers, and students everywhere will want and need.

Author Bio

Principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London,England.

Endorsements

Craig S. Keener
-Palmer Theological Seminary
David Peterson interacts with Acts scholarship fairly and in an up-to-date way; his literary and historical conclusions are well informed and sound. His introduction airs issues thoroughly, yet the entire work is easy to follow. Peterson consistently engages the cohesive, larger picture and the theological message of the book.

I. Howard Marshall
-University of Aberdeen
Here in one convenient volume is the basic introductory information and verse-by-verse exegesis that New Testament students and preachers need in order to understand the second part of Luke’s account of Christian beginnings. This commentary is noteworthy for its incorporation of a full essay on the theology of Acts and its careful attention to theological issues in the course of the exposition; at the same time it does not neglect historical and literary matters. I warmly commend this useful tool for study.

Author Bio

David Peterson is senior research fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney. His previous books include Hebrews and Perfection, Possessed by God, and (edited with Howard Marshall) Witness to the Gospel.

Publisher Description

This volume in the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series offers a thorough exegesis of the Book of Acts, drawing on recent scholarship in the field of narrative criticism and theological analysis, incorporating insights about historical and social context, and seeking to investigate why Luke presents his material in the way that he does.

If Acts was written primarily for the edification of believes and the encouragement of gospel ministry beyond the apostolic period, as many argue, how did Luke use his sources to achieve that purpose? David Peterson here seeks to answer that question. He focuses especially on the way narrative and speeches are employed to express theology and appeal to readers. A lengthy introduction summarizes and interacts with a range of scholarly views on Luke’s work. Peterson also provides a thematic study of some of the main theological emphases of Luke-Acts.

Providing not only extensive engagement with hermeneutical issues and incorporation of insights on Greco-Roman background, but also guidelines for contemporary application of Luke’s material, The Acts of the Apostles will prove extremely relevant for any preacher or teacher of Luke-Acts.

Editorial Reviews

Craig S. Keener
— Palmer Theological Seminary
"David Peterson interacts with Acts scholarship fairly and in an up-to-date way; his literary and historical conclusions are well informed and sound. His introduction airs issues thoroughly, yet the entire work is easy to follow. Peterson consistently engages the cohesive, larger picture and the theological message of the book."

I. Howard Marshall
— University of Aberdeen
"Here in one convenient volume is the basic introductory information and verse-by-verse exegesis that New Testament students and preachers need in order to understand the second part of Luke's account of Christian beginnings. This commentary is noteworthy for its incorporation of a full essay on the theology of Acts and its careful attention to theological issues in the course of the exposition; at the same time it does not neglect historical and literary matters. I warmly commend this useful tool for study."

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the Best!
    March 30, 2017
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    David Peterson has produced one of the most outstanding commentaries we have on the book of Acts today. If you judge this commentary on the basis of its Introduction, its theology, and its commentary on the text, you will see that it is a winner across the board. To my mind, it is one of two in the exegetical commentary category that could be labeled must have today. Mr. Peterson has outdone himself in giving us a conservative, quality commentary on this critically important book of the Bible. This commentary stands high in the revered Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

    His Introduction is ideal and one of the best Ive seen on any New Testament book of the Bible. It covers all the usual topics with surprising depth. After a lengthy select bibliography, Mr. Peterson begins his Introduction discussing authorship and date. He explains well why Luke should be accepted as the author and finds a date in the 60-70s as sensible. In his discussion of genre, he looks at the unity of Luke and Acts and surveys the ancient literary models for this book. When he discusses sources, he emphasizes Lukes eyewitness material. He is adept at explaining rhetoric and historical reliability as well.

    Next, he provides a section on character, structure, and purpose. He sees the book of Acts as a theological history and says, the narrative of Acts unfolds geographically and focuses on the ministry of key individuals within each context. As you would expect, he draws in how the narrative is dominated by speeches and what he calls a narrative of fulfillment. As for structure, he sees the Word of God progressing through the book. In the section on interpretive issues he points out many of the editorial techniques that you will find in this book, as well as patterns of repetition. His section on textual matters is brief.

    Next, he provides a large, warm, and outstanding section on the theology of Acts. He discusses God and His plan, Jesus as Messiah and Lord, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Gospel, the atoning work of Jesus, witness and mission, miracles, the demonic, and the church. This section is impressively done and is the best Ive seen on this book.

    The commentary proper is full at over 600 pages and Mr. Peterson continues the quality of writing that we found in the theology section of the Introduction. You will not be disappointed.

    Again, this is one of the two best exegetical commentaries on the book of Acts that Ive encountered. This book will be a heavyweight acquisition for your library and I highly recommend it.

    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.
  2. David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent volume on Acts!
    January 5, 2011
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    David Peterson's commentary of the Book of Acts is a welcome addition to the Pillar New Testament Commentary series. Having relied on Bruce's work in the NICNT series for many years, I am delighted to find that Peterson offers a fresh perspective of this often misunderstood book of Scripture. His introduction of nearly 100 pages is worth reading before entering his exposition of the book that serves as a bridge between the foundational and doctrinal sections of the New Testament. His Greek exegesis is sound but not overwhelming. The Pillar series seems destined to become the standard, rivaling--if not replacing--the NICNT in the near future. Highly recommended!
  3. Padunkiaet
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 6, 2010
    Padunkiaet
    I have been using John Stott's, Acts New International Biblical Commentary, and some other one volume commentaries. They are lacking of some details esp in exegesis about the texts. But this one is outstanding and worth its weight in gold!!!. I think it is even better than Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Darrell Bock.
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