In Acts, 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. Graduate and seminary students, professors, and pastors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries.
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- Examines cultural context and theological meaning
- Discusses theological issues raised by the text
- Provides notes, outlines, images, and tables
Praise for the Print Edition
Parsons draws on his extensive studies of Greco-Roman literature and ancient concepts of physiognomy to provide a useful and illuminating commentary.
—Joseph B. Tyson, professor emeritus of religious studies, Southern Methodist University
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.
—John A. Darr, associate professor, theology department, Boston College
- Title: Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: Acts
- Author: Mikeal C. Parsons
- Publisher: Baker
- Publication Date: 2008
- Pages: 464
About Mikeal C. Parsons
Mikeal C. Parsons (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Kidd L. and Buna Hitchcock Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of Body and Character in Luke and Acts, and coauthor of Illuminating Luke, Acts: A Handbook on the Greek Text and Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts.