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The Acts of the Apostles (Pillar New Testament Commentary) [Hardcover]

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Pages   790
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.97"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Eerdmans Pub Co
ISBN  080283731X  
EAN  9780802837318  

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The Acts of the Apostles [PNTC] offers a thorough exegesis of the Book of Acts, drawing on recent scholarship in the field of narrative criticism and theological analysis, incorporating insights about historical and social context, and seeking to investigate why Luke presents his material in the way that he does. Providing not only extensive engagement with hermeneutical issues and incorporation of insights on Greco-Roman background, but also guidelines for contemporary application of LukeB's material, The Acts of the Apostles will prove extremely relevant for any preacher or teacher of Luke-Acts.

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Fifteen years in the making, this comprehensive commentary by David Peterson offers thorough exegesis and exposition of the Acts of the Apostles, drawing on recent scholarship in the fields of narrative criticism and theological analysis, incorporating insights into historical-social background, and investigating why Luke presents his material the way he does. / In view of how long the book of Acts is over a thousand verses Petersons commentary is admirably economical yet meaty. As D. A. Carson notes in his editors preface, Petersons judgments are always sane, evenhanded, and judicious. Even while exploring exegetical details, Peterson constantly scans the horizon, keeping the larger picture in mind. With its solid exegesis, astute theological analysis, and practical contemporary application, Petersons Acts of the Apostles is a commentary that preachers, teachers, and students everywhere will want and need. / Here in one convenient volume is the basic introductory information and verse-by-verse exegesis that New Testament students and preachers need in order to understand the second part of Lukes account of Christian beginnings. This commentary is noteworthy for its incorporation of a full essay on the theology of Acts and its careful attention to theological issues in the course of the exposition; at the same time it does not neglect historical and literary matters. I warmly commend this useful tool for study. I. Howard Marshall / University of Aberdeen / David Peterson interacts with Acts scholarship fairly and in an up-to-date way; his literary and historical conclusions are well informed and sound. His introduction airs issues thoroughly, yet the entire work is easy to follow. Peterson consistently engages the cohesive, larger picture and the theological message of the book. Craig S. Keener / Palmer Theological Seminary

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David G. Peterson (Ph.D. University of Manchester) is Emeritus Faculty Member at Moore Theological College in Sydney. Previously, he served as principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 1996 to 2007. He is an ordained minister of the Anglican Church of Australia, and has served in churches in the dioceses of Sydney, Chester, and London. His many books include Engaging with God (IVP, 1992), Possessed by God in New Studies in Biblical Theology (IVP, 2001), The Acts of the Apostles in the Pillar New Testament Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009), and Transformed by God (IVP, 2012).

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  1. Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation

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Christ With Us  Oct 26, 2009
On p 141 Peterson moves to argue that 'the last days' began with the advent of Christ, and not Pentecost. But this alternative evacuates Pentecost of its redemptive-historical significance as it stands experienced from the human perspective, and negates an important aspect of eschatological expectation created by the OT. My point is this: the Jews had forever been divided over the incessant pretenders to the Messiah's throne. But they could not mistake the fulfillment of prophecy when the Holy Spirit was poured out as the sign and confirmation of God's promise; hence so many Jews coming to the faith at Pentecost. Peterson prefers to attach ecclesiological worth to the coming of the Spirit which is inclined to call in doubt the absence or variation of eschatological fulfilment. 'The promise is most obviously the promise of the Spirit about which Jesus spoke during His earthly ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4).' p 156 The gift of the Holy Spirit was bound up with the fulfillment which was inaugurated in the power of the Spirit, which is shed abroad on all peoples ('all flesh' Joel 2:28) and should allow for a universal application. (Weren't there 15 languages spoken at Pentecost?) Peterson's weak teleological interpretation of the pentecostal promise 'to those afar off' has the inherent danger of presenting a two-tier gospel - one for Jews and another for gentiles.

'The Spirit's activity at Pentecost is claimed to be a direct fulfilment of OT prophecy. The quotation from Joel 2:28-32 in Acts 2:17-21 refers to 'the last days' and to the inauguration of 'the great and manifest day of the Lord'. The way in which Peter grasps the significance of the fulfilment of this prophecy, and indeed his bold manner in proclaiming it, are evidence of the Spirit's activity.' Donald Guthrie, New Testament Theology p 539

Another point I beg to differ on, although I humbly submit I am not qualified to do so: within the narrative of the Jerusalem Council, Peterson insists that 'Luke has not claimed anywhere in the account so far that any of the speakers was particularly directed by or filled with the Holy Spirit.' p 438 He misreads their acknowledgement that 'it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us' to mean that only illumination occurred. But when we look at the analogous text where Luke also omitted to say beforehand that the Holy Spirit was present, e.g. Ananias lying to Peter (Acts 5), we read that Peter specifically charged him 'Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? You have not lied to men but to God.' Clearly in both chapters 5 & 15 Luke acknowledges not only the accord of, but the principle of the Holy Spirit, here at work through the apostles of the Lord, even revealing the satanic origin of Anananias's words. Was their application of the cited OT texts to their specific salvation-historical situation not inspired by the Holy Spirit? We may confidently answer Yes! Therefore, their words too.

I aver that the author of this excellent commentary is clearly more Reformed in approach, and not Arminian. See, for example, his treatment of Acts 2:23; 4:28; 13:48; and 16:14. One could argue that he does the Reformed community a service in not pressing a Calvinistic interpretation with an abundance of quotes from John Calvin; instead he sticks to the close exegesis of the text to establish what he believes is the right conclusion: Acts has that high view of God's sovereign plan of salvation that was later characteristic of the theology of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, etc. (I mention Cranmer because Peterson stands very much in the evangelical Anglican tradition.) He has a high doctrine of Scripture. One of the best aspects of the commentary is its redemptive-historical approach to interpretation. I hope many will buy this good book and make much use of it.
Outstanding and extremely helpful  Sep 24, 2009
I have been using Peterson on Acts for several weeks now. It was not available when I first started preaching through Acts and I was relying heavily upon Bock and Stott and others. The others are good but Peterson is outstanding. He does not get bogged down. He keeps working through the material in the most helpful way. He not only accurately and succinctly explains the text, but he is also not afraid to say what it means. It is very inspiring and helpful to one who wants to apply as well as understand God's Word. Especially helpful is his explanation of the early church as the "new Israel". I highly recommend this valuable new commentary.
The Acts of the Apostles (PNTC)  Sep 17, 2009
Worth its weight in gold! This is a serious commentary of over 700 pages, but the information is accessible and readable. High quality scholarship of one who believes what he writes and ideal for writing expository styles sermons.

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