Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary On The New Testament Series)
Combining academic depth with an easy-to-read style, brilliant Bible scholar Darrell Bock provides a comprehensive guide through every aspect of the book of Acts - sociological, theological, and historical - in a highly user-friendly format. Ideal for pastors, scholars, Bible...
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Combining academic depth with an easy-to-read style, brilliant Bible scholar Darrell Bock provides a comprehensive guide through every aspect of the book of Acts - sociological, theological, and historical - in a highly user-friendly format. Ideal for pastors, scholars, Bible teachers, and students! 832 pages, from Baker.
Respected New Testament scholar Darrell L. Bock provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on Acts in this latest addition to the acclaimed BECNT series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of Acts???sociological, historical, and theological. His work blends academic depth with readability, making it a useful tool for students, teachers, scholars, and pastors alike. A user-friendly design with shaded text and translations of the Greek text make this commentary engaging and easy to use. The result is a guide that clearly and meaningfully brings this important New Testament book to life for contemporary readers.
"Darrell Bock's long-anticipated sequel to his fine and detailed work on the Gospel of Luke is now available--a 760-page commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. Written in a clear and engaging manner that most anyone can grasp, yet without skimping on interaction with scholarly discussion, Bock manages to critically analyze the huge corpus of literature on Acts with grace and finesse and to make his own contributions along the way. This commentary will serve us well for many years to come. Bock is back, and better than ever."--Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, doctoral faculty, St. Andrews University"This commentary on Acts is a worthy complement to Darrell Bock's fine commentary on Luke's Gospel. While unfailingly traditional in its interests and scope, Bock remains in touch with today's church by seeking to facilitate a robust conversation between Acts and contemporary readers. I especially appreciate his attention to the theological cast of Acts, rightly identifying God as the story's central character and the text's most essential referent. Judicious, learned, reverent, as clearly written as it is clear headed in exegetical decisions, Bock's commentary makes a fine contribution to Acts criticism. I recommend its use for the seminary classroom and the pastor's study."--Robert W. Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Seattle Pacific University"Acts provides an enormous challenge to commentators, and we must be thankful to Darrell Bock for this fine, accessible commentary on the book. Bock convincingly maintains that Acts is a book focused on God and what God is doing, rather than a merely human-focused view, and repeatedly shows how the story of Acts is a story of God's actions to save and redeem people. He is particularly strong in giving careful attention to the exegetical payoff of the meanings of words and syntax. He provides judicious and accurate summaries of a wide range of scholarly viewpoints in English, French, and German--particularly valuable for those who read only English--and good critical engagement with these views. The commentary is well organized, and it is easy to navigate to a particular section or point of discussion. It will be of great value to pastors, students, and their professors."--Steve Walton, senior lecturer in Greek and New Testament studies, London School of Theology"Bock has written a superb commentary on this pivotal New Testament document. He has mastered the narrative of Acts as well as contemporary scholarship, and he has done so in a manner that is eminently accessible to the pastor and serious nonspecialist. He draws on the disciplines of theology, history, and sociology to bring the text to life for those who wish to study the second volume in Luke's story of the three earliest decades of the Christian movement. I recommend this book with enthusiasm."--W. Ward Gasque, author of A History of the Interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles, president emeritus, Pacific Association for Theological StudiesPraise for the series:"This series has set a new standard in reader-friendliness with its attractive presentation that combines detailed exegetical comment on the Greek text with accessibility for those who have little or no knowledge of the original language of the New Testament."--I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
Darrell L.Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture (CCL) at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Bock has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany).He is the author or editor of many books, including the two-volume commentary on Luke and the volume on Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series), Jesus according to Scripture, The Missing Gospels, Jesus in Context, and Studying the Historical Jesus.