Of the New Testament books, Acts contains the most obvious ties to its cultural and historical context. But until very recently, most twentieth-century authors have bypassed discussion of the relation of Acts to the world and history around it. In this book, Colin Hemer examines various strands of interlocking historical data—ranging from the epistles of Paul to records of the corn fleet that sailed from Alexandria. The wealth of new literary, epigraphic, and papyrological data brings fresh light to numerous details as well as to the central question of Luke’s conception of Paul’s visit to Jerusalem. The result is a broader understanding of the Hellenistic world in general and a greater appreciation for Acts as a coherent and consistent product of its day.
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Readers who relish solid historical inquiry . . . will find much to appreciate in the extraordinary detail and close argumentation in this book.
Henceforth, no serious commentator on Acts will be able to deal adequately with the book without this work constantly at his or her side . . .
—The Bible Today
The book is truly a magnum opus and arguably the most important work on Acts since that of Martin Dibelius at the mid-century.
—Southwestern Journal of Theology
Colin J. Hemer (d. 1987) was a research fellow at Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. He is the author of The Letters of the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting.