This extract from the Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible provides Squires’ introduction to and concise commentary on Acts. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible presents, in nontechnical language, the best of modern scholarship on each book of the Bible, including the Apocrypha. Reader-friendly commentary complements succinct summaries of each section of the text and will be valuable to scholars, students, and general readers
Rather than attempt a verse-by-verse analysis, these volumes work from larger sense units, highlighting the place of each passage within the overarching biblical story. Commentators focus on the genre of each text—parable, prophetic oracle, legal code, and so on—interpreting within the historical and literary context.
The volumes also address major issues within each biblical book—including the range of possible interpretations—and refer readers to the best resources for further discussions.
“An international team of 67 biblical scholars offers this judicious and solid introduction to the varieties of biblical literature.” — Publishers Weekly
“The commentaries and articles in this collection will be a valuable resource for scholars, students, ministers, and others for many years to come.” — Journal for the Study of the New Testament
“A veritable treasure chest of sound biblical scholarship. . . . The commentary is easily accessible to the scholar, student, pastor, and general reader and should surely be among the essential resources for any high school, college, or seminary library.” — Catholic Library World
“There are many gems here, and the ECB will meet the needs of much of its intended readership: ‘scholars, students, pastors, and general readers.’” — Times Literary Supplement
“A reader-friendly commentary on biblical history and biblical texts with wide-ranging foundational articles. The solid, up-to-date scholarship points the serious student of the Bible in the direction of problematic areas that require more in-depth reading for more than a cursory understanding.” — American Reference Books Annual
“A magisterial one-volume commentary. . . . Of immense value.” — Church Times
“Will take its place among the most helpful of the one-volume Bible commentaries.” — The Bible Today
“The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible contains scholarship that is both international and ecumenical, including contributions from Catholics as well as Protestants. Most of the contributors have well-established international reputations, and several are at the top of their field. Especially welcome is the inclusion of the Apocrypha, two essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls, an introduction to the Pseudepigrapha, and even a commentary on 1 Enoch, which may be unique to a Bible commentary of this kind. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible is a very useful resource for college and seminary students and those who teach them.” — John J. Collins Yale Divinity School
“Utilizing the considerable talents of scholars representing a broad theological spectrum, the Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible provides readers with a concise, stimulating, sometimes provocative reading of the biblical text. I commend this volume to all who want a handy scholarly resource as they grapple with the meaning of the text.” — Tremper Longman III Westmont College
“The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible will be a rich and enduring resource for all who seek to understand the Bible in its literary, historical, and theological dimensions. The essays on biblical books are written by highly respected scholars and present the best fruits of recent research in ways that are engaging and persuasive. Moreover, the wide-ranging introductory articles will serve everyone from beginning students of Scripture to scholars wanting to refresh their knowledge. Recommended for churches, students, pastors, and scholars.” — Susan R. Garrett Louisville Seminary
“Comprehensive in scope and reader-friendly in format, the Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible provides students, pastors, and interested lay folk with a series of reliable commentaries on every book of the Bible, including the Old Testament Apocrypha and 1 Enoch. For those seeking a single volume that will provide them with reliable commentary on Scripture and for teachers looking for a one-volume commentary to put into the hands of their students, the Eerdmans Commentary is just the right work.” — Frank J. Matera author of New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity
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