A Theology of Luke and Acts: God's Promised Program, Realized for All Nations [Biblical Theology of the New Testament] (Hardbac

A Theology of Luke and Acts: God's Promised Program, Realized for All Nations [Biblical Theology of the New Testament] (Hardbac
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Bock, Darrell L.


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Zondervan's Biblical Theology of the New Testament series has for years provided pastors, students, and readers with valuable analyses of New Testament books and their contents. In this latest installment, Darrell L. Bock examines Luke and Acts, drawing from his years of experience in biblical theory and interpretation to write an informative resource sure to prove invaluable for seekers of holistic biblical understanding.

A Theology of Luke and Acts identifies and evaluates the contribution of Luke, both to the New Testament and to the Bible as a whole text. Bock aims to demonstrate Luke's significance and his influence in the development of theological discourse.

Features include:

  • Lukan themes and thematic relevance
  • Interpretation and significance of language and vocabulary
  • Contextual importance of Luke's placement in the Bible Continuing the valuable tradition of the Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series, Bock's theories regarding Luke and Acts will prove a lasting resource for pastors and aspiring biblical scholars alike.

496 Pages
Published May 2012

About the Author

Darrell L. Bock is Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He also serves as Professor for Spiritual Development and Culture for the Seminary's Center for Christian Leadership, where his special focus has been on serving as a theological consultant to the spiritual formation program at the seminary. He has led spiritual formation groups at the Seminary since the program's inception. His special fields of study involve hermeneutics, the use of the Old Testament in the New, Luke-Acts, the historical Jesus, gospel studies and the integration of theology and culture. He is a graduate of the University of Texas (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and the University of Aberdeen (PhD).

About the Editor: Andreas Köstenberger is Director of Ph.D. Studies and Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous works on John, including his commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, 'John' in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and 'John' in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.

Book Details

496 Pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: May 2012
ISBN 10: 0310270898
ISBN 13: 9780310270898

“Darrell Bock has gathered together the fruits of his lifetime labors on Luke’s works in a comprehensive account of his theology that combines lucidity and simplicity with much scholarly detail on controversial issues. This is a remarkable achievement that should become the first port of call for students in this central area of New Testament theology.”
— I. Howard Marshall, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of Aberdeen

“Lukan theology has often been neglected today, with scholars sometimes simply recycling the inadequacies of older works like Conzelmann’s. Bock’s excellent exploration of Luke’s theological approach and themes meets an important need in Lukan theology. A different scholar might want to give more attention to this or that theme, but Bock’s approach to Luke’s themes is consistently balanced and repeatedly shaped by Luke’s own emphases.”
— Craig Keener, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

“With over thirty years invested in the topic, Darrell Bock knows Luke–Acts. He knows the literature, the issues, and what is really important. Unlike more abstract approaches, Darrell focuses on a detailed treatment of the biblical text, the narrative of Luke–Acts. He allows the major themes of Luke–Acts to control his approach, and he explains convincingly how these themes are developed and what their significance is. The result is an informative and practical guide for the church and anyone who cares about these major two New Testament books. This is a ‘must have’ for pastors, students, and church libraries.”
— Klyne Snodgrass, Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies, North Park Seminary

“No one in the evangelical world is better qualified than Darrell Bock to write a biblical theology of Luke and Acts. Having written major commentaries on both volumes and a monograph on Luke’s Old Testament Christology, Bock brings to the task a wealth of knowledge and insight into Luke’s theology and narrative purpose. Students of God’s Word will find no better introduction to the major themes of the Lukan corpus. Highly recommended.”
- Mark L. Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary, San Diego

“This is an indispensable, comprehensive, yet readable work on the biblical world and thought behind Luke’s writings. It provides a critical resource for scholars, pastors, and Bible study teachers who want to understand the theological threads woven together by Luke into the tapestry of Luke–Acts. I highly recommend it to all serious Bible students. Bock provides us all with the rich, underlying theological depth of Luke’s masterworks, and I have not seen such thorough and yet clear coverage on this extremely important topic.”
— Grant Osborne, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“This comprehensive and competent—indeed commanding—treatment of the theology of Luke’s two-volume work provides readers with a concise yet detailed survey of essentially all areas of theology: the work and character of God, the work and person of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, Israel, Jews and Gentiles, the church, ethics, opposition and persecution, social questions, the law, the Old Testament Scriptures, and eschatology. Darrell Bock’s focus on the text rather than on scholarly debates ensures that readers learn what Luke wanted his readers to comprehend: the fulfillment of God’s promises in and through Jesus, Israel’s Messiah and the Savior of the world.”
— Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“After several decades of reflection on the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles—reflection evidenced in his doctoral studies, numerous articles, several monographs, and no less than four stand-alone commentaries—one of the world’s foremost Lukan scholars offers us here his matured scholarship on the theology of this ancient Christian corpus that comprises one fourth of the New Testament. Academics cannot fancy themselves Lukan scholars without knowing this author’s name, and no one working in Lukan theology will attempt to do so without interacting with his work. Fifty years ago this could be said of Hans Conzelmann; for the next few decades of Luke–Acts studies this will be said of Darrell Bock.”
— Douglas S. Huffman, Professor and Chair of Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“After a flurry of interest in the theology of Luke in the 1970s and 1980s, it has been quite awhile since a detailed, reasonably comprehensive work on the major themes in Lukan thought in both his Gospel and Acts has appeared. Here, finally, is one that is up-to-date, thorough, evangelical, and, as an added bonus, largely based on the narrative sequence of Luke's material in his two volumes. Bock adds to his repertoire as the premier recent commentator on Luke and Acts separately. This book is a worthy successor to Andreas Köstenberger's inaugural volume on John in Zondervan's emerging Biblical Theology of the New Testament series.”
— Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary