Highly respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, is one of the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentaries available. This work sets Acts in its first-century context making it useful for the study of early Christianity as well as biblical text. This collection includes the first two volumes of Keener’s multivolume commentary on Acts; the remaining volumes have yet to be released. This magisterial work is a valuable resource for New Testament professors and students, pastors, Acts scholars, and libraries.
The Logos Bible Software edition of this collection is designed to stimulate your study and understanding of Acts. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred English translation and original language texts; important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic to find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the apostles and the ancient church.
Keener takes very seriously the claim of the book of Acts to be historiography. His encyclopedic knowledge of ancient literature and his intelligent skill as an exegete make this a magisterial commentary.
—Richard Bauckham, professor emeritus of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews
Somewhat surprisingly, a socio-historical approach to Acts still needs to be defended and its value demonstrated. No one does this better—is more informed about ancient literature, parallels, and precedents, and more interactively and fruitfully engaged with contemporary literature and issues—than Craig Keener. For anyone wanting to appreciate how Acts ‘worked’ in its original context and to get into the text at some depth, Keener will be indispensable and ‘first off the shelf.’
—James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham
With a monograph-level introduction and solid, detailed use of background sources, Craig Keener has provided us with a rich gem of a commentary on Acts. One can use it and get a real sense of what this key work is all about.
—Darrell L. Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
This is the most expansive treatment of Acts in modern scholarship. Keener offers the reader a sweeping tour of the relevant ancient material and modern scholarship on Acts. He takes Acts seriously as a work of ancient history; at the same time, he is aware of the literary and rhetorical dimensions of the text.
—Gregory E. Sterling, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School
Widely known for his studies in the New Testament, Craig S. Keener, PhD, is a theologian, biblical scholar, and prolific author. Some of his other works include The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, The Gospel of John: A Commentary (2 vols.), IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, and Gift & Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today. Keener is a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and program chair for the Institute for Biblical Research.