Acts: An Exegetical Commentary : Volume 1: Introduction and 1:1-247, Volume 1

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Baker Books, Sep 1, 2012 - Religion - 1088 pages
Highly respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, may be the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentary available. Useful not only for the study of Acts but also early Christianity, this work sets Acts in its first-century context.

In this volume, the first of four, Keener introduces the book of Acts, particularly historical questions related to it, and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters. He utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and offers a wealth of fresh insights. This magisterial commentary will be a valuable resource for New Testament professors and students, pastors, Acts scholars, and libraries.

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Social History and Social Science
Questions of Historical Reliability
The Question of Sources
Approaching Acts as a Historical Source
Acts and Paul
Speeches in Acts
Background for Lukes View of the Spirit
Geographic Background
Lukes Perspective on Women and Gender
Women in Antiquity
The First Outpouring of the Spirit 11247
Gods Kingdom in Early Jewish and Christian Teaching
Awaiting the Promise 11226

Ancient Miracle Accounts outside Early Christianity
Antisupernaturalism as an Authenticity Criterion?
compatibility problems required the deletion of some of the Hebrew He clearly
a Theophilus and Marks of Status
Israels Story
Some Lukan Emphases
a Lukes Emphasis on the Gentile Mission
Lukes Eschatology
Wine and Excessive Drinking
Works Cited
Craig S Keener
Index of Select Subjects
Index of Scripture
Index of Other Ancient Sources

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Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) the F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, and commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

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