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The Geeky Calvinist
5 Stars Out Of 5
The Best Commetnary on Acts
May 26, 2017
The Geeky Calvinist
The Acts of the Apostles, is an Old Testament commentary, written by David G. Peterson published by Eerdmans. This commentary is one of the finest volumes in the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series with famed editor D.A. Carson, a series which is synonymous with superior exegesis and excellent application, this volume continues this legacy. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the book of Acts. While Peterson is no stranger to Biblical commentaries this is his first foray into this renowned commentary series.
The Acts of the Apostles, has three main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by an group of insightful treaties on the theology of the book of Acts, followed by an exegetical commentary on Acts. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book of Acts while demonstrating its place within scripture as a whole. The introduction is neither long nor relatively short at fifty pages, Peterson interacts with modern, older, and critical works. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different mythological approaches to study this book, a needed aspect when studying the book of Acts.
In reference to the commentary section on the text of this historical narrative, Peterson takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his the TNIV as a translation, something this whole series does, but also interacts with other translations and inserts his own translation when he differs with all other translations, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself.
With regard of recommending in, Acts of the Apostles, to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and to some extent Laymen, there is enough scholarly weight to this work to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the laymen that is looking for a devotional commentary this is not a devotional type of commentary and it would be hard to use it as such. There are many commentaries about the book of Acts available at this moment but Acts of the Apostles of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series is one of the greatest treatments on the Biblical book that has ever been.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Acts of the Apostles: Pillar New Testament Commentary
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.
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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!
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.