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With attention to issues that continue to surface in today’s church, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading, teaching, and preaching the book of Acts. This volume won the Christian Book Award for best Bible Reference of 2012 for its valuable insights and thorough commentary.
Acts highlights the work of God through Jesus as he grants the presence of the holy spirit, the significance of Jesus as Messiah and savior of the world, the work of the Holy Spirit as a transforming power present in the lives of followers of Jesus, the church as the community of God, the mission of the church, and the historical events and people who played a role in the expansion of early Christianity. Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel is the highest caliber of modern scholarly studies on Acts.
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“Jesus remains central for the life of the church, foundational for the teaching in the church, and crucial for the missionary outreach of the church.” (Acts 1:1–14)
“The main focus of his narrative in two volumes is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (gospel of Luke), and the growth of the church and the expansion of Christians communities through the work of the early missionaries, particularly Peter and Paul (Acts).79 Thus, a second major emphasis of Acts is the mission of the church whose leaders are obedient to the divine commission charging them to take the gospel to cities and to regions in which the name of Jesus, Messiah and Savior, has not yet been proclaimed.” (source)
“An authentic church is a church whose priorities are set by the gospel.” (Acts 2:42–47)
“The church has a twofold responsibility concerning the proclamation of the word of God: teaching believers in local congregations and preaching to unbelievers in unreached areas.” (Acts 15:35–16:10)
“Jesus’ ascension to the throne at God’s right hand concludes his earthly ministry and inaugurates his ‘new covenant’ ministry which is carried out by the apostles.” (Acts 1:1–14)
Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old and New Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. With careful discourse analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew and Greek text, the authors trace the flow of argument in each Bible book, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.
The aim of the series is not to review and critique every possible interpretation of a passage, but rather to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting with attention to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. These texts are written primarily for pastors and Bible teachers, but the attention to contemporary issues in the church makes it a focused resource for anyone teaching, preaching, or studying these passages.
Each volume offers a set of distinctive features, including: the main idea of the passage, its literary context, the author’s original translation and exegetical outline, its structure and literary form, an explanation of the text, and its canonical and practical significance. The diagram of each passage enables readers to grasp quickly and accurately the main idea of the text, its development, and supporting ideas; and allows them to understand how the commentator arrived at this depiction and interpretation of the passage. The commentary places a special emphasis on identifying and discussing the main thrust of each passage and showing how it contributes to the development of the whole composition. Each unit concludes with a discussion of the canonical and practical significance of the passage, synthesizing its theology and message for readers today. There are many exegetical commentaries, but none accomplish what this series has achieved.
Eckhard J. Schnabel received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and is the Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books, commentaries, and essays, including Early Christian Mission, Paul the Missionary, and Der Erste Brief an Die Korinther in the Historisch-Theologische Auslegung commentary series. He also spoke at Pastorum Live 2012.
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