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AGTS News: First of alum Craig Keener's 4-volume commentary on Acts released by Baker Academic

keenerThe first volume of my Craig Keener's ('85,'87) four-volume Acts: An Exegetical Commentary has been released by Baker Academic. This 1038-page work covers the first two chapters of Acts and includes a CD for references and indexes. An introductory chapters includes a defense of miracles.

The four-volume set promises to be the most detailed commentary on Acts available (around three million words).

A brilliant scholar and passionate evangelist, Dr. Craig S. Keener (M.Div. 1987; 2006 AGTS Alumnus of the Year) is one of the most prolific New Testament scholars today. Keener has authored 19 other books and over 170 articles for journals and religious/general interest publications.

Keener is a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is an alumnus of Central Bible College (B.A.), the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and he earned his Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University in 1991.

Endorsements on this first volume include:

  • Keener Commentary on Act Book CoverDaniel Marguerat (University of Lausanne, Switzerland): "the most comprehensive commentary on Acts to date. … From now on, any exegesis of Acts will need to take into account this major work."
  • James D. G. Dunn (University of Durham): "No one … is more informed about ancient literature, parallels, and precedents, and more interactively and fruitfully engaged with contemporary literature and issues—than Craig Keener. … For anyone wanting to appreciate how Acts 'worked' in its original context and to get into the text at some depth, Keener will be indispensable and 'first off the shelf.'"
  • Richard Bauckham (St. Andrews University; Cambridge): "Keener takes very seriously the claim of the book of Acts to be historiography. His encyclopedic knowledge of ancient literature and his intelligent skill as an exegete make this a magisterial commentary."
  • G. Claudio Bottini (Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem): "a monumental exegetical commentary thanks to the amount of literary and social-historical information in it"
  • Manfred Lang (Halle-Wittenberg, Germany): "This highly academic commentary sets Luke-Acts in its ancient social and historical setting with so many parallels that Johann Jakob Wettstein would have congratulated Keener even on this first volume of four!"

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Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 11:29 AM

 
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