Acts (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament)
Parsons, Mikeal C.
“Mikeal Parsons has been on the forefront of reading the Lukan writings with strategies that combine the best of ancient literary criticism with social-world analyses and socio-rhetorical expertise with biblical-theological acumen. His Acts Paideia commentary is his most recent integrative tour de force!”See All
David P. Moessner
professor of biblical theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and faculty associate, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria
“Mikeal Parsons's commentary on Acts takes an overt rhetorical approach to the text, while not losing sight of its important theological implications. I commend him for focusing his commentary on the final form of the text as it was read by the first readers and recognizing the author as a theologian in his own right. Parsons also provides useful supplemental comments to aid those unfamiliar with the terminology of ancient rhetoric. A number of Parsons's assumptions and conclusions will no doubt prompt significant further discussion.”See All
Stanley E. Porter
president and dean, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
“Mikeal Parsons deftly shepherds the reader through Acts of the Apostles in this rich and illuminating commentary. Along the "Way," he lifts up a treasure-trove of ancient rhetorical techniques employed by the author of Acts to persuade the narrative's original audience(s) to his theological vision of Christianity's beginnings. At the same time, Parsons is mindful of the need for contemporary Christians to discover the theological and moral implications of Acts for the twenty-first century. This book will be an ideal companion for students navigating Acts for the first time and a helpful resource for seasoned Acts scholars.”See All
William Sanger Campbell
The College of St. Scholastica
“Parsons presents a masterful exposition both of the myriad strategies whereby the author of Acts attempted to persuade his original audience, and of the ways in which this ancient book continues to speak powerfully to Christian faith in our own day. Readers will find here a treasure trove of insights into Hellenistic rhetorical conventions and their usage in Acts.”See All
John A. Darr
Theology Department, Boston College
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In Acts, the third of eighteen volumes in the Paideia commentary series, leading biblical scholar Mikeal Parsons gleans fresh theological insight into Acts by attending carefully to the cultural and educational context from which it emerges. Parsons see Acts as a charter document explaining and legitimating Christian identity for a general audience of early Christians living in the ancient Mediterranean world. Pastors, graduate and seminary students, and professors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries.