Acts: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament [ZECNT]Eckhard J. SchnabelZondervan / 2012 / Hardcover$38.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Massive Commentary on ActsJune 16, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are looking through and evangelical commentary on the Greek of Acts, Acts, by Eckhard J. Schnabel published by Zondervan Academic is what you are searching for. This commentary is a recent volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series edited by Clinton E. Arnold, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume continues the long legacy. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles. While Schnabel is no stranger to Biblical commentaries this is his first foray into this first-rate commentary series.
Acts begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, this is common place in Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament. This works dives into history and recent scholarship, of the book of Acts of the Apostles which always helpful to Pastors, Teachers, and Scholars. This introductory section is one of the longest I have had the privilege of reading and it ranks as one of the best interaction with critical scholarship while giving evangelical conclusions.
In reference to the commentary sections on the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Schnabel, takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his own translation of the Greek text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself. The outlines that he provides are also of great use for a pastor looking to preach though the Acts of the Apostles exegetically.
With regard of recommending John 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 a limited extent educated Laymen looking to teach a Sunday school class, 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. There are many commentaries about the Acts of the Apostles available at this moment but Acts of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is a giant leap above all other commentaries on this book of the Bible.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Acts: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
2012 by Eckhard J. Schnabel
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Page Count: 1168 Pages
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Top Notch!March 28, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Eckhard Schnabels commentary on Acts in the ZECNT series beautifully lives up to the high standard of this emerging series. Coming in at over 1100 pages, this volume is a major commentary on the book of Acts that ranks near the top of commentaries available today on that book.
The Introduction including the outline is only a little over 50 pages. Though that is briefer than in some other major commentaries, it doesnt strike me that anything important was missed. He begins his discussion on describing Luke and his readers. He argues against the silly fad of seeing anonymity in Acts or any other book of the New Testament. He finds accepting Luke as the author as totally legitimate. He further discussed the language Luke used, his origins, and the fact that he was a physician. As you might imagine, he discusses the fact that Luke has written two books of the New Testament and he reaches conservative conclusions about the date of those writings.
Many scholars today debate if Luke should be considered a historian, and Mr. Schnabel feels he is a fine one who is actually the first historian of Christianity. He reviews the positions of genre, lists the speeches in Acts, and gives a fine discussion of the purpose of Acts. After discussing the Greek text of Acts, he provides an in-depth chronology of early Christian history that will be a tremendous help in studying the book of Acts. Structure, though, is barely mentioned in the Introduction as he gets plenty of coverage in the commentary itself.
If you are familiar with the design of ZECNT, you will find that this commentary uses it to great advantage. Any Greek that is used has its English counterpart nearby making this commentary accessible to any user. I found his commentary probing, helpful, and better than Ive seen in many other major commentaries on the book of Acts. I reviewed several passages, and found material that was very helpful to me in every case. This is an outstanding commentary and I highly recommend it.
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ChuckB5 Stars Out Of 5Incredibly useful commentaryMarch 4, 2015ChuckBQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely love this commentary. The depth of research, the clarity of writing, and the Christ-honoring content is all beyond anything I have seen before. It includes some analysis of content that includes language (the original Greek for each passage is included), literary context, and theology in application, as well as verse-by-verse exegesis. I can't imagine a more thorough treatment of the Book of Acts, and Eckhard Schnabel writes in a very accessible manner. Not for the casual reader, but definitely for those who really want to delve into the particulars of Scripture.
Pastor JimMaricopa, AZAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Valuable helpDecember 31, 2012Pastor JimMaricopa, AZAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is very good addition to any Pastor's or Bible students library. It is a solid exegesis and gives good insights into the text of Acts. Layout is excellent and analysis is helpful. Reader friendly. Very usable and useful.
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