The Hope of Israel highlights the sustained focus in Acts on the resurrection of Christ, bringing clarity to the theology of Acts and its purpose. Brandon Crowe explores the historical, theological, and canonical implications of Jesus’s resurrection in early Christianity and helps readers more clearly understand the purpose of Acts in the context of the New Testament canon. He also shows how the resurrection is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures.
The first half of the book demonstrates the centrality of the resurrection in Acts. The second half teases out its implications in more detail, including how the resurrection is the turning point of redemptive history, how it relates to early Christian readings of the Old Testament, and how the resurrection emphasis of Acts coheres in the New Testament canon. This first major book-length study on the theological significance of Jesus's resurrection in Acts will appeal to professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament.
In The Hope of Israel, a most stimulating read, Brandon Crowe puts his finger on one of the most salient themes in Acts, if not the entire New Testament. The book of Acts richly demonstrates how a great deal of the history of redemption hangs on Christ’s resurrection and subsequent enthronement as cosmic Lord. This volume picks up where his previous, The Last Adam, leaves off. This crisply written project is theologically informed, exegetically sensitive, and canonically aware. No doubt Crowe’s work will serve students, pastors, and scholars for years to come. Excellent work!
—Benjamin Gladd, Reformed Theological Seminary
The Hope of Israel breaks significant new ground with the comprehensive treatment it provides of the central place of Christ’s resurrection in Acts. Especially valuable, marked by numerous important insights, is Crowe’s substantial discussion of the theological significance of the resurrection. All told, this book, carefully researched and clearly written, is an impressive achievement. I commend it most highly.
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
Brandon Crowe offers an approach to the resurrection of Christ in Acts that provides a hermeneutic guide for untangling a number of knotty issues in the book. First, he shows how the resurrection is ‘a major artery connecting various events and passages in Acts.’ Second, he explores the implications of Luke’s narrative presentation of this theme for biblical and systematic theology. Crowe’s book makes a distinctive contribution in this second area with its integrative conclusions based on the careful exegesis in his earlier chapters. This is a remarkably helpful resource for reflection on the theology of Acts and its connection with the rest of Scripture.
—Sean Adams, senior lecturer in New Testament and ancient culture, University of Glasgow
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Brandon D. Crowe (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has written or edited several books, including The Last Adam, and is the book review editor for Westminster Theological Journal.