Of this commentary, the author writes: "While composing the commentary on Acts, I kept in mind the needs of the pastor and the teacher of Scripture. Throughout this volume I have attempted to give an adequate description of the historical times, the cultural influences, and the geographic features mentioned by the writer of Acts. Limitations of space often forced me to restrict discussions on historical, cultural, and linguistic problems. These issues, then, I have left for further treatment in scholarly journals. My aim has been to stay with the text and to explain it as clearly as possible."
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“The context, however, seems to suggest that it refers to a celebration of the Lord’s Supper.” (Page 111)
“We hear them speaking in our own tongues the mighty deeds of God’” (Page 78)
“By implication he says that in Acts Jesus continues his work. The emphasis, then, falls not so much on the Holy Spirit but rather on what Jesus is doing in developing the church in Jerusalem, Samaria, Asia Minor, Greece, and Italy.” (Page 3)
“The Greek text indicates that the filling with the Spirit occurred once for all. That is, the Spirit did not come and go but stayed, as is evident from Luke’s account.” (Page 77)
“However, each group had its own synagogue before these people became Christians, and when they became disciples the Greek-speaking and the Aramaic-speaking believers continued to have their own assemblies. Furthermore, each group used its own Bible; the Greek-speaking Jews were accustomed to the Septuagint (a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) and the Hebraic Jews read the Old Testament in the original Hebrew. Here, then, is the beginning of a division brought about by linguistic and cultural differences.” (Page 220)
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