Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)
Bock, Darrell L.
“An excellent comprehensive analysis of the Lukan corpus. . . . Bock’s interpretation is consistently clear, balanced, and well informed on contemporary scholarship. This commentary will no doubt become a standard on Acts.”See All
Mark L. Strauss
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
“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.”See All
W. Ward Gasque
author of A History of the Interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles, president emeritus, Pacific Association for Theological Studies
“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.”See All
senior lecturer in Greek and New Testament studies, London School of Theology
“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.”See All
Robert W. Wall
Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Seattle Pacific University
“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.”See All
Ben Witherington III
professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, doctoral faculty, St. Andrews University
Following his authoritative two-volume commentary on Luke in the acclaimed BECNT series, Darrell Bock now provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on Acts in this latest addition to the 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—to help them better understand and explain this key New Testament book.
As with all BECNT volumes, Acts features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series—academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility—making it a useful tool for students, professors, and pastors. The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
About the Series:
The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological relevance.:
- All volumes feature the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and are specifically designed with students and pastors in mind.
- The biblical author's central themes are developed throughout with each exegetical unit being related to the overall development of the biblical book.
- The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
- Chapter outlines and overviews allow easy entry into the discussion and aid comprehension and recall.
- Additional notes comment on unique aspects of a book, problem passages, textual variants, and other critical issues.
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