The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's Account of God's Unfolding Plan, Vol. 27 (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
Thompson, Alan J.
We can be grateful to Thompson for a profound, convincing, and delightful work on the theology of Acts. It is a much needed work, for there are few theologies of Acts written, and I can't think of one that is more accessible and faithful.See All
Thomas R. Schreiner
Themelios (thegospelcolaition.org), 36.3, 2011
A firstclass discussion and explanation of the theology of the Acts that is thoroughly biblical, abreast of the latest scholarship and written in a way that is accessible to those who teach and preach the Bible.See All
New Life, December 2011
A richly informed, biblically faithful, and eye-opening contribution.See All
Evangelicals Now, April 2012.
The overall exegetical and biblical-theological method is sound. The book will help readers further appreciate the organic and progressive nature of revelation and understand the narrative flow and canonical function of the book of Acts. The connections made with previous revelation (the OT and the Gospel of Luke) are very illuminating and will stimulate much thought whether one agrees or disagrees with Thompsons conclusions. I recommend the book highly.See All
Richard C. Barcellos
Reformed Baptist Theological Review, VIII.1, 2011
While not intended to be a fullblown theology of the Acts of the Apostles, this little volume intriguingly and successfully uncovers the main contours of Acts so as to outline for the reader Lukes driving concerns . no one should teach or preach from the Acts of the Apostles again without first reading this book.See All
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56.1, 2013
An accessible, lucidly written, biblically faithful treatment of the theology of Acts Thompson establishes a unifying theological framework for Acts and clearly ties each chapter in to this framework . this is perhaps the most accessible book-length treatment of the theology of Acts, relevant to a broad academic and church readership.See All
Bulletin for Biblical Research, 23.1, 2013
My favourite book of 2012-13See All
James M. Hamilton
Southern Seminary: Towers Summer Reading Issue, Vol 11, 2013
From the Preface: The strength of Thompson's book is that “it uncovers the main theological emphases of the book of Acts on the book's own terms. Moreover, although this volume focuses on Acts, Dr. Thompson wisely keeps an eye peeled for theological connections with Luke's Gospel. This volume will be a treasure trove for all who seek to understand Acts better, not least those who teach and preach the book.”See All
D. A. Carson
Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
When the book of Acts is mentioned, a cluster of issues spring to mind, including speaking in tongues and baptism with the Holy Spirit, church government and practice, and missionary methods and strategies. At the popular level, Acts is more often mined for answers to contemporary debates than heard for its natural inflections.
Instead of using Acts as a prooftext, Alan Thompson brings a biblical-theological framework to the account to expose Luke's major themes as they relate to the book as a whole. With this framework in place, Thompson argues that Acts is an account of the 'continuing story' of God's saving purposes. Consequently we find that Luke wants to be read in light of the Old Testament promises and the continuing reign of Christ in the inaugurated kingdom. Read in this way as a snapshot of God's dynamic, unfolding kingdom, the book of Acts begins to regain the deep relevance it had in the first century.