The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary [SRC]Ben Witherington IIIWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1997 / Trade Paperback$45.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Fr TimothySacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Buy this commentary on the book of ActsOctober 29, 2010Fr TimothySacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I purchased this commentary to help me prepare for an adult Bible Study, and I have never taught through Acts before. I was immediately attracted to this book by Dr. Ben Witherington because I have bought and used his works before, and I had confidence that he would produce a very fine and helpful book. I am very pleased. He has dealt well with the myriad of issues in the book of Acts, genre, chronology, etc. His clear thinking and focus on the socio-rhetorical setting is especially illuminating in Acts. I am grateful for his hard work on this very fine commentary.
Rob McMichael5 Stars Out Of 5March 21, 2009Rob McMichaelA must have! Witherington sifts through tremendous information--as his bibliography would suggest--in a very readable style. Background information here is quite useful and he allows the reader to 'enter in' to the 1st century in a manner that most academic commentaries do not permit. I have this commentary in addition to Barrett's (ICC); the two are quite different; however, Witherington produces a friendlier version than Barrett. One can plainly see, however, that Barrett was the shoulder upon which Witherington stood to formulate some of the ideas in his book. Witherington has written a good & unique commentary on Acts: a NT book that is somewhat devoid of estimable or creditable works.
Buddy Boone5 Stars Out Of 5October 17, 2001Buddy BooneBen Witherington is simply one of the finest Christian scholars of our day. This work on Acts is another of his colossal achievements. The introduction covers all the ground one would expect (authorship, date, audience, structure, theology, purpose, etc), as well as a tremendous amount of detailed background information regarding Luke's use of rhetoric and the sociological situation of the day. The huge treatment of the question of whether Luke-Acts is biographical or historical monograph is extremely helpful. The detail of this work is immense. The thing I like about Ben Witherington's work is that it is obvious that he is not merely reshaping the work of other writers. He seems to have combed through the text with careful thought and emerged with provocative insights in some areas, and helpful reiteration of historic viewpoints in others. His sections, A CLOSER LOOK, provide detailed information not found in other commentaries. Another great benefit of this work is that Witherington has surely plumbed the depths of the difficult work of C.K. Barrett, which likely influenced his research at times along the way. Barrett's work (ICC) is too difficult for most of us, but we can enjoy some of it through Witherington's work. This commentary is a treasure that will yield great riches to the pastor/teacher in a study through Acts. Use it along with Bruce and Marshall (and, perhaps, Fitzmyer), for an exhaustive study of Acts.
Steven R. Taylor5 Stars Out Of 5May 6, 2000Steven R. TaylorThis commentary is excellent. It is especially helpful for the study of Paul, his missions, and his letters. For a paperback it is a bit expensive, but it is well worth the price.
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