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The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke’s Account of God’s Unfolding Plan (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

, 2011
ISBN: 9780830826285
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When the book of Acts is mentioned, a cluster of issues spring to mind, including speaking in tongues and baptism with the Holy Spirit, church government and practice, and missionary methods and strategies. At the popular level, Acts is more often mined for answers to contemporary debates than heard for its natural inflections.

Alan Thompson argues that Acts is an account of the “continuing story” of God's saving purposes. Instead of using Acts as a proof-text, he brings a biblical-theological framework to the account to expose Luke’s major themes as they relate to the book as a whole. Consequently, we find that Luke wants to be read in light of the Old Testament promises and the continuing reign of Christ in the inaugurated kingdom. Read in this way as a snapshot of God’s dynamic, unfolding kingdom, the book of Acts begins to regain the deep relevance it had in the first century.

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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology


  • Living between the Times: The Kingdom of God
  • The Hope of Israel: The Resurrection and the Arrival of the Last Days
  • Israel and the Gentiles: The Kingdom and God's Promises of Restoration
  • The Promise of the Father: The Gift of the Holy Spirit
  • The End of an Era: The Temple System and Its Leaders
  • The End of an Era: The Law is No Longer the Direct Authority for God's People

Top Highlights

“This book will especially highlight Acts as an account of the ‘continuing story’ of God’s saving purposes. Luke intends his work to be read in the light of OT promises and the continuing reign of Christ. Acts is best understood, therefore, in this ‘biblical-theological’ framework that highlights the move from the OT to what the kingdom of God looks like now that Christ has come, died, risen and ascended to the right hand of the Father.” (Page 17)

“Thus ‘the author is continuing the story of Israel where it left off. That is to say, he is intending to write biblical narrative.” (Page 21)

“Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom of God is best understood along the lines of ‘inaugurated eschatology’, or, in the words of George Ladd, ‘fulfilment without consummation’.” (Page 40)

“Luke is drawing attention to the continued outworking of God’s saving purposes specifically in the inaugurated kingdom of God through the reign of the Lord Jesus.” (Page 29)

“‘the Acts of the Lord Jesus, through his people, by the Holy Spirit, for the accomplishment of God’s purposes’” (Page 49)

Praise for the Print Edition

No one should teach or preach from the Acts of the Apostles again without first reading this book.

—Douglas S. Huffman, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

This is a very helpful book which I have read with great appreciation. Thompson provides exactly what he sets out to do: a clear framework for reading Acts which takes careful account of many major themes and issues, and a framework which equips his readers to explore further themselves.

—Steve Walton, Evangelical Quarterly

This book will help readers further appreciate the organic and progressive nature of revelation and understand the narrative flow and canonical function of the book of Acts. The connections made with previous revelation . . . are very illuminating and will stimulate much thought whether one agrees or disagrees with Thompson’s conclusions. I recommend the book highly.

—Richard C. Barcellos, Reformed Baptist Theological Review

Alan J. Thompson is the Head of the New Testament Department at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Australia. He is the author of One Lord, One People: The Unity of the Church in Acts (LNTS), The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus (NSBT), Luke (EGGNT), and Colossians and Philemon (TNTC).

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  1. Jonathan Wong

    Jonathan Wong


    I am privileged to have been able to sit in Alan's classes on Acts at the Sydney Missionary & Bible College and wholly recommend this book. Alan has been able to open my eyes to so many things that I would have missed in the book of Acts were it not for his expert insights on Acts in this magnificent book.
  2. Danie van Zijl
    Absolutely fantastic! Someone mentioned in a podcast that this book is a "must read" for anyone wanting to teach or preach from Acts, and I agree. This is obviously not a commentary even though it deals quite thoroughly with chapters 1-7. But it is a great overview of Acts and provides a framework for us to understand all the other finer details. It certainly seems that understanding this framework will save us from misinterpreting verses or even sections as well as misunderstanding the purpose of the book as a whole. One of my favourite things about the book is how much is made of Jesus! Acts, from my little experience, is often used to push lots of other things and Jesus is left by the wayside. Not so with this book, praise God!
  3. Philemon Schott
  4. Andrew Kerr

    Andrew Kerr


    This is a great read that takes you on the journey of Acts. A definite must if you want to study or preach from Acts. Alan's writes in a clear manner providing some great insights to the structure of Acts.


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