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Featured Commentary on Acts

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  1. rlvaughn

    rlvaughn Well-Known Member
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    I probably should post this on the Books & Publications Forum. However, since very few of you venture down there, I post here instead.

    I am looking for your input, recommendations on a commentary on the Book of Acts. I am interested in a single-volume commentary, and something possibly written in the last twenty years. (I have older commentaries, so am interested in something newer). If you have a recommendation or recommendations, tell me what and why.

    I appreciate it. Thanks!
     
  2. Yeshua1

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    Even though Pentecostal, Gordon fee wrote a well regarded one!
     
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    I only have one volume of Baker’s Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Matthew) but was very impressed by its scope, presentation and suggestions for application.
    It is a pricey set that I plan on purchasing one volume at a time as I teach.
    I’d love to get Darrell Bock’s commentaries on Luke and Acts.
    I don’t know your proclivity toward Reformed Theology; Bock is a dispensationalist from DTS.

    Another commentary that I’d recommend is Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary on Acts by Eckhard Schnabel, which earned the Christian book Award for the best Bible Reference book some years back.
    I’ve only used it for reference at this time, not having taught through the book of Acts yet.

    Rob
     
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    Thanks. I am vaguely familiar with Bock, having read some things he has written, posted at Bible.org.
     
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    A progressive dispensationalist from DTS.
     
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    @rlvaughn our textbook at Liberty was the New American Commentary volume on Acts.
     
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    What are your thoughts on it?
     
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    Get best of both worlds, use his and say a reformed author like a Hodge or Calvin!
     
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    Just hold your nose when you get to parts about baptism.
     
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    I actually enjoy the NAC as a whole and have the whole collection. It is one of my go-to commentaries. I also like the Expositor's commentary.
     
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    Holy Spirit baptism, or water baptism?
     
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    Oh, well, Matthew Henry has Philip and the eunuch wade out into the water so he could sprinkle him. :confused:
    No need to hold the nose, however. We shan't being going under, I assume. Wait, isn't Polhill a Baptist? Or no?
    I generally liked what I saw in Polhill's book in the "look inside" feature at Amazon. Maybe I can spring for a second book.
     
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    I was referring to Infant Baptism with people like Calvin.
     
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    It depends on what you are looking for and trying to accomplish.

    For my class on Acts, I request students to read:

    Baptism of Disciples Aone by Fred Malone
    A small book on Tongues and Miracles writtenin the 1970s from Grace Seminary in Winona Lake IN
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    They can choose 1 of 3 small commentaries that are about 200+ or so pages

    Personally, its sad for me, I really like the William Hendricksen and Simon Kistemaker commentaries on the NT. Prob to a fault, but again they are Presby; however, they are more advanced but not overly techical
     
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    Thanks. Looking for a more or less complete commentary, written in recent years, with well presented thoughts. I have a number of older ones, and some that I can access online (I prefer paper and ink, though).
     
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    Good commentaries on Acts seem to be few and far between.
    The best one I know of is Acts: Witnesses to Him by Bruce Milne (Christian Focus, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84550-507-3).
    Milne is a former Baptist pastor.
    Simon Kistemaker's commentary is also good and a little more technical, but Kistemaker, as has been pointed out, was a Presbyterian, though that does not affect 95% of the commentary.
     
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    How would you differentiate between a dispensationalist and a progressive dispensationalist?

    Thanks.
     
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    Two characteristics of dispensational theology are
    (1) the distinctive roles of Israel and the Church in God’s plan
    (2) how these roles are expressed in the future fulfillment of OT promises
    Sooooo, you're hijacking your own thread!

    Rob​
     
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    Thanks. I don't see the first as different from dispensational theology, so apparently the distinction is really in the details of No. 2?
    Maybe. Certainly the potential there. Maybe not. My question goes back to your recommendation of Bock and David's comment about his dispensationalism. Really whacky dispensational theology would be a dealbreaker for me in an Acts commentary, though I don't expect progressive dispensationalism to be down that line. I guess I haven't kept up with the changes in dispensationalism in recent years.
     
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    A Progressive Dispensationalist tries to flatten out classical Dispensationalism. He also has a more soteriological view of Dispensationalism. However, they both separate Israel and the Church, believe in a pre-wrath rapture of the Church, and a literal millennial reign of Christ. And at @Deacon is right. You hijacked your own thread! LOL
     
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