The Acts of the Apostles, is an Old Testament commentary, written by David G. Peterson published by Eerdmans. This commentary is one of the finest volumes in the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series with famed editor D.A. Carson, a series which is synonymous with superior exegesis and excellent application, this volume continues this legacy. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the book of Acts. While Peterson is no stranger to Biblical commentaries this is his first foray into this renowned commentary series.
The Acts of the Apostles, has three main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by an group of insightful treaties on the theology of the book of Acts, followed by an exegetical commentary on Acts. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book of Acts while demonstrating its place within scripture as a whole. The introduction is neither long nor relatively short at fifty pages, Peterson interacts with modern, older, and critical works. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different mythological approaches to study this book, a needed aspect when studying the book of Acts.
In reference to the commentary section on the text of this historical narrative, Peterson takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his the TNIV as a translation, something this whole series does, but also interacts with other translations and inserts his own translation when he differs with all other translations, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself.
With regard of recommending in, Acts of the Apostles, to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and to some extent Laymen, there is enough scholarly weight to this work to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the laymen that is looking for a devotional commentary this is not a devotional type of commentary and it would be hard to use it as such. There are many commentaries about the book of Acts available at this moment but Acts of the Apostles of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series is one of the greatest treatments on the Biblical book that has ever been.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Acts of the Apostles: Pillar New Testament Commentary
© 2009 by David G. Patterson
Page Count: 846 Pages