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Acts Introduction and 1:1-2:47 (Volume 1) (#01 in Acts: An Exegetical Commentary Series)

Craig S Keener
Acts Introduction and 1:1-2:47 (Volume 1) (#01 in Acts: An Exegetical Commentary Series)
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Acts Introduction and 1:1-2:47 (Volume 1) (#01 in Acts: An Exegetical Commentary Series)

Craig S Keener

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Highly respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, may be the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentary available. Useful not only for the study of Acts but also early Christianity, this work sets Acts in its first-century context.

In this volume, the first of four, Keener introduces the book of Acts, particularly historical questions related to it, and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters. He utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and offers a wealth of fresh insights. This magisterial commentary will be a valuable resource for New Testament professors and students, pastors, Acts scholars, and libraries.

"With a monograph-level introduction and solid, detailed use of background sources, Craig Keener has provided us with a rich gem of a commentary on Acts. One can use it and get a real sense of what this key work is all about."
- Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Somewhat surprisingly, a socio-historical approach to Acts still needs to be defended and its value demonstrated. No one does this better--is more informed about ancient literature, parallels, and precedents, and more interactively and fruitfully engaged with contemporary literature and issues--than Craig Keener. In the introduction (a monograph in itself), his treatment of the genre of Acts, especially his judicious discussion of the genre 'novel,' of the character of ancient historiography, and of the historical integrity and value of Acts, is unbeatable in today's market. For anyone wanting to appreciate how Acts 'worked' in its original context and to get into the text at some depth, Keener will be indispensable and 'first off the shelf.' Bring on volumes 2-4!"
- James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham

"Early Christianity developed in a complex and multifaceted context, one that Craig Keener masterfully presents in this socially and historically oriented commentary on Acts. As one has come to expect from Keener, there is thorough knowledge and use of the best and most important secondary literature in the areas of concern and abundant utilization of a wide range of ancient sources. This is a commentary that will continue to serve as a detailed resource for both scholars and students wishing to explore these crucial dimensions of the book of Acts."
- Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College

"Keener takes very seriously the claim of the book of Acts to be historiography. His encyclopedic knowledge of ancient literature and his intelligent skill as an exegete make this a magisterial commentary."
- Richard Bauckham, professor emeritus of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews; senior scholar, Ridley Hall, Cambridge

- Publisher This insightful commentary, the first of four volumes on Acts, utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and features Keener's meticulous research.

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Highly respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, may be the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentary available. Useful not only for the study of Acts but also early Christianity, this work sets Acts in its first-century context.

In this volume, the first of four, Keener introduces the book of Acts, particularly historical questions related to it, and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters. He utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and offers a wealth of fresh insights. This magisterial commentary will be a valuable resource for New Testament professors and students, pastors, Acts scholars, and libraries.

"With a monograph-level introduction and solid, detailed use of background sources, Craig Keener has provided us with a rich gem of a commentary on Acts. One can use it and get a real sense of what this key work is all about."
- Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Somewhat surprisingly, a socio-historical approach to Acts still needs to be defended and its value demonstrated. No one does this better--is more informed about ancient literature, parallels, and precedents, and more interactively and fruitfully engaged with contemporary literature and issues--than Craig Keener. In the introduction (a monograph in itself), his treatment of the genre of Acts, especially his judicious discussion of the genre 'novel,' of the character of ancient historiography, and of the historical integrity and value of Acts, is unbeatable in today's market. For anyone wanting to appreciate how Acts 'worked' in its original context and to get into the text at some depth, Keener will be indispensable and 'first off the shelf.' Bring on volumes 2-4!"
- James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham

"Early Christianity developed in a complex and multifaceted context, one that Craig Keener masterfully presents in this socially and historically oriented commentary on Acts. As one has come to expect from Keener, there is thorough knowledge and use of the best and most important secondary literature in the areas of concern and abundant utilization of a wide range of ancient sources. This is a commentary that will continue to serve as a detailed resource for both scholars and students wishing to explore these crucial dimensions of the book of Acts."
- Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College

"Keener takes very seriously the claim of the book of Acts to be historiography. His encyclopedic knowledge of ancient literature and his intelligent skill as an exegete make this a magisterial commentary."
- Richard Bauckham, professor emeritus of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews; senior scholar, Ridley Hall, Cambridge

- Publisher

This insightful commentary, the first of four volumes on Acts, utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and features Keener's meticulous research.
- Publisher

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Craig S Keener

Craig S. Keener (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary, Eastern University. He is also the author of many books, including commentaries on Matthew; John; Revelation (New International Version Application Commentary); The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts: Divine Purity and Power; Paul, Women, and Wives: Marriage and Womens Ministry in the Letters of Paul and And Marries Another: Divorce and Remarriage in the Teaching of the New Testament.
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Massively detailed
4 stars By Ian Thomason, Jan 01 2013
Recent years have witnessed the arrival of several larger-than-usual exegetical commentaries on the book of Acts (e.g. Dr Darrell Bock's in the BECNT series, and Dr David Peterson's in the PNTC series). It almost seems that there is a concerted effort on the part of NT exegetes to out-comment each other! Enter Professor Craig Keener, a man well known (and well regarded) for producing exhaustive commentaries on NT books and themes (e.g. note his definitive, two volume work on the Gospel According to John; and his very recent two volume work on the subject of miracles). Professor Keener's current commentary is the first of four slated for publication by Baker Academic. As is usual for this author he has mined the primary literature of the ANE and Greco-Roman worlds, drawing and noting parallels to the events detailed in Acts where such are warranted. This is definitely a strength of the commentary. Two weaknesses will suffice: First, the massive volume of detail presented in the pages of the commentary often conceals the forest for the trees. Second, upon occasion Professor Keener's exegeses appear to owe more to received theological traditions and influences than they do to a strictly grammatical and historical review of the Greek text (I note, particularly, his handling of the Pentecost theophany). To conclude: 1,038 pages of tightly argued writing on simply the first two chapters of Acts is probably more commentary than the average Christian reader or preacher could likely digest! Such would doubtless gain greater value, more quickly, from either Marshall (TNTC) or Bruce (NICNT). The specialist and scholar, however, will find this work to be a boon.
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