Commentary on the book of acts of the apostles by matthew. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on the bible, who published his works in 1706, sixvolume exposition of the old and new testaments 17081710 or complete commentary, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the bible. Passages like this display the completely historical character of the book of acts. Craig keener to discuss the book of acts as history. Home bible commentaries heinrich meyers critical and exegetical commentary on the new testament. Although the author does not name himself, evidence. Luke was the author of two booksthe gospel of luke which tells the story of the life of jesus and the acts of the apostles which tells the story of the early church. Acts is a transitional book in the sense that it gives us the record of the way god moved in the minds and hearts of men to found and establish the church and begin its great work in the world today. Within the writing itself are some clues as to who the author was. This commentary is based upon my personal devotional notes and reflections on the book of acts. There is some overlap between the end of the gospel and the beginning of acts. An overview of the book of acts the life of the early church is recorded and preserved for us in the book of acts and the epistles.
Acts 1 commentary greek testament critical exegetical. The book of acts is read as a historiographical work in which its author rewrites traditions. The author of this book is identical with that of the third gospel, as plainly appears from the circumstance that in its address, to a certain theophilus, reference is made to a former work, on the acts. In the first volume of this fourvolume commentary, craig keener introduces the book of acts and provides detailed exegesis of its opening chapters, including more than 10,000 references from extrabiblical ancient sources. But stephen reminded the jews that god was bigger than any temple. You will also find options for commentaries on acts that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the bible, commentaries that approach the scripture versebyverse, classic christian commentaries, and much more. Craig keener on the historicity of the book of acts. Best acts commentaries updated for 2020 best bible. Summary the book of acts, which continues the narrative that luke began in his gospel, is especially important because it was the first written history of the c. Acts recounts the story of the early church from the time of jesus ascension to pauls arrival as a prisoner in rome.
Commentary on the book of acts of the apostles by matthew henry. Acts free bible commentary on the book of acts in easy. As was stated, acts is the second part of what was originally a twopart, single volume i. The book of acts also describes the work of the two apostles peter and paul. This would indicate it was matthew, mark, luke, or john. A better title would be the acts or the workings of the holy spirit, because he is the real main character of the book. His work blends academic depth with readability, making it a useful tool for. Lukes preoccupation with the christian community as the spiritguided bearer of the word of salvation rules out of his book detailed histories of the activity of most. It will help to keep the whole of the book before you as you work your way through each section.
Tertullus took care to present the action of lysias in an unfavourable light, since he had baulked the violence of the jews. It is filled with all the drama, thrills, adventure and. Keener treats hermeneutical issues and the historical reliability of the text astutely and clearly. Acts overview greek testament critical exegetical commentary. Acts, expository sermons from the executable outlines series by mark a. To understand the early church we must see them as a unit rather than individual members. Exegetical sermon series on the book of acts with a note. Teaming with exegetical insight and well situated historical information to further illuminate. Acts was written by the author of lukes gospel, luke.
Acts was written in greek, presumably by the evangelist luke, whose gospel. In the american standard version of acts there are fiftysix references to the holy spirit. Acts zondervan exegetical commentary on the new testament. The book of acts is the only historical record of the birth and early days following christs establishing his church. Acts and historical narrative, at luther seminarys bible tutor. The following outline is intended to be used while studying the book. As a second volume to lukes gospel, it joins what jesus began to do and to teach 1.
An exegetical and theological exposition of holy scripture the new american commentary polhill, john b. Acts 7 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, originally published in four parts, is a digest of vatious readings and marginal references. Exegetical exercise acts 4 2331 matters of interpretation. The context for this story begins with gods call of abram, when god promised, all of the families of the earth will be blessed in you genesis 12. The acts of the apostles the book of acts acts provides an eyewitness account of the early beginnings of the church and gives an accurate record of the birth and growth of the christian church life application study bible, 1991. The episode begins with a chance meeting between paul and a group said to be in the number of twelve men. The combined sixtyeight chapters of the synoptic gospels contain only thirtyfour references to the holy spirit. His work blends academic depth with readability, making it a useful tool for students, teachers, scholars, and pastors alike. The temple in this book called acts was the third temple. Therefore, it is reasonable to include lukes purpose for acts as falling under his purpose for the book of luke.
Moreover, acts is the connecting link between christs life and. Bible commentaries heinrich meyers critical and exegetical commentary on the new testament acts. The book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. Luke was not jewish, and it appears that he translated rather literally from an aramaic source. Interpretation through the exegesis of acts 1 and 2. This versebyverse bible study and commentary of the acts of the apostles the book of acts or simply acts is indepth but uses plain language that everyone can understand, as well as a format that will engage you. Acts 9 commentary commentary critical and explanatory on. Book of acts overview insight for living ministries. Exploding with popularity, the zondervan exegetical commentary on the new testament series now offers acts as one of its flagship volumes. The presence and working of the holy spirit is the dominating mark of the book of acts.
Following his authoritative twovolume commentary on luke in the acclaimed becnt series, darrell bock now provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on acts in this latest addition to the series. The book of acts was written to show us they were not this but rather something entirely new. August 20, 2018 josephrgreene a busy summer that included teaching biblical greek at tyndale theological seminary in the netherlands meant no time for blog posting. Commentary on the book of acts bible study lessons. With attention to issues that continue to surface in todays 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. Keener has digested the extant literature on acts, brought to bear his own exegetical acumen and his deep immersion in the grecoroman world and its literature including, of course, the literature of hellenistic and romanperiod judaism, and created what i consider to be a onestop resource on the book of acts and the hundreds of issuesquestions that have been raised in its interpretation. The acts of the apostles often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. Exegetical analysis of the book of acts xavier becerra using an aspect of exegetical sociorhetorical criticism, this paper identifies four principles of empowerment found within the book of acts in chapters 1, 2, 4, 6 and 15 that are very different. Book of acts explained the acts of the apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the new testament. An exegetical and theological exposition of holy scripture the new american commentary. While the old testament relates the story of israel as gods. Introduction to the book of acts study resources blue letter bible. Acts baker exegetical commentary on the new testament. A commentary on the acts of the apostles by pastor galen l.
Because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that peter stood before the gate. The emphatic yet is intended to note the remarkable fact, that up to this moment his blind persecuting rage against the disciples of the lord burned as fiercely as ever. Acts is a fastmoving historical account of the first three decades of the church. It alone presents an extensive picture of early church life and history. Somewhat surprisingly, a sociohistorical approach to acts still needs to be defended and its value demonstrated. The authors primary purpose was to give a detailed account of how men and women were converted to. From now on, any exegesis of acts will need to take into account this major work. The world never understands any genuine work of god. The acts of the apostles, fifth book of the new testament, a valuable history of. Acts 7 commentary greek testament critical exegetical. The book of acts tells the story of both the glorious and tumultuous early years of the church. The book of acts informs us that they were generous, sacrificial, considerate and loving. Rhoda is so excited to hear from peter that she leaves him out at the gate.
Copeland hundreds of free sermon outlines and bible study materials available for online browsing and downloading. With extensive research and thoughtful chapterbychapter exegesis, bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of acts sociological, historical, and theological. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of the document. Research paper on exegesis of the book of acts chapter assignment would cite it, he wins over a splinter of the church or a representation of the incorporation of a fringe group into mainstream christianity. With extensive research and thoughtful chapterbychapter exegesis, bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of acts sociological, historical, and theologicalto help them.
The text is from early in the book of acts, extension of the gospel of luke, 8090 ce. Scholars speculate that luke the author of the book of acts was using an aramaic source aramaic is a semitic language used by jewish people in new testament times. Doughty southside christian church january 2014 introduction. Acts of the apostles, the second part of the work that begins with the gospel according to luke, is the story of the early church after jesuss. Stephen said some words from the book by the prophet isaiah isaiah 66. Acts overview meyers critical and exegetical commentary. With extensive research and thoughtful chapterbychapter exegesis, bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of actssociological, historical, and theological. Distinguished scholar eckhard schnabel brings a lifetime of lukan scholarship full circle with this intricately detailed exegetical commentary on the book of acts. By comparison to other portions of the new testament the special significance of the holy spirit in the book of acts can be demonstrated. Exegetical sermon series on the book of acts with a note on scope. Bock provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on acts in this latest addition to the acclaimed becnt series. In the description of the happenings in acts, certain passages make. Exegetical commentaries books that seek to grapple with various aspects of interpretation. Zondervan exegetical commentary on the new testament.
Suncoast bible fellowship sunday school exegesis of the book of acts. An exegetical commentary baker academic, 2012, we sat down to with dr. General resources for the book of acts check the scripture index for links and study resources pertaining to specific pericopes. Acts intro to acts biblica the international bible society. Acts 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, originally published in four parts, is a digest of vatious readings and marginal references. Study basics about bible books, people, dates, places, and content, and take webbased selftests. Without this historical record, little would be known about the expansion of the church. The new international commentary on the new testament. The book of acts was intended to be a sequel to a plurality of gospels, which luke refers to as many. Acts with book summary versebyverse bible commentary.
Thus, to read acts for all its worth, it is necessary to attend to the connections not only with lukes gospel, but also with those other narratives that recount the story of jesus echoed in acts. An ancient prologue to lukes gospel indicates that luke was first a follower of the apostles and then became close with paul. The importance of the book of acts the importance of this second of lukes twovolume work can. The holy spirit in the book of acts preaching source. The author of the acts of the apostles is the same author of the gospel of luke.1075 21 799 669 744 1249 452 812 1376 1578 518 1624 916 288 244 79 877 1396 1410 18 357 775 565 180 121 653 450 752 1397 1143