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Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by [Bock, Darrell L.]
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Respected New Testament scholar Darrell L. Bock provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on "Acts" in this latest addition to the acclaimed "BECNT" series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of Acts - sociological, historical, and theological. His work blends academic depth with readability, making it a useful tool for students, teachers, scholars, and pastors alike. A user-friendly design with shaded text and translations of the Greek text make this commentary engaging and easy to use. The result is a guide that clearly and meaningfully brings this important New Testament book to life for contemporary readers.

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"Darrell Bock's long-anticipated sequel to his fine and detailed work on the Gospel of Luke is now available. Written in a clear and engaging manner that most anyone can grasp, yet without skimping on interaction with scholarly discussion, Bock manages to critically analyze the huge corpus of literature on Acts with grace and finesse and to make his own contributions along the way. This commentary will serve us well for many years to come."--Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary and St. Andrews University
"Acts provides an enormous challenge to commentators, and we must be thankful to Darrell Bock for this fine, accessible commentary on the book. He is particularly strong in giving careful attention to the exegetical payoff of the meanings of words and syntax. He provides judicious and accurate summaries of a wide range of scholarly viewpoints in English, French, and German--particularly valuable for those who read only English--and good critical engagement with these views. The commentary is well organized, and it is easy to navigate to a particular section or point of discussion. It will be of great value to pastors, students, and their professors."--Steve Walton, London School of Theology
"This commentary on Acts is a worthy complement to Darrell Bock's fine commentary on Luke's Gospel. While unfailingly traditional in its interests and scope, Bock remains in touch with today's church by seeking to facilitate a robust conversation between Acts and contemporary readers. I especially appreciate his attention to the theological cast of Acts. Judicious, learned, reverent, as clearly written as it is clear headed in exegetical decisions, Bock's commentary makes a fine contribution to Acts criticism. I recommend its use for the seminary classroom and the pastor's study."--Robert W. Wall, Seattle Pacific University
"Bock has written a superb commentary on this pivotal New Testament document. He has mastered the narrative of Acts as well as contemporary scholarship, and he has done so in a manner that is eminently accessible to the pastor and serious nonspecialist. He draws on the disciplines of theology, history, and sociology to bring the text to life. I recommend this book with enthusiasm."--W. Ward Gasque, Pacific Association for Theological Studies, author of "A History of the Interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles"

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  • Publisher: Baker Academic (1 Oct. 2007)
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This is a volume in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. In common with all the commentaries in this series, it is well-presented and has an attractive hardcover binding featuring an image from a classic work of art.

This is in many respects a follow-up to Bock's magisterial two-volume work on Luke's Gospel, and Bock brings the same careful scholarship and high level of readability to this volume. It is scholarly without being dry. Bock's prose is easy to read, and he brings out the meaning of the text with reference to the Greek, though without assuming the reader has a full knowledge of the language. he engages with other writers on the book, showing knowledge of a broad range of literature. This volume is highly recommended for those studying the book of Acts, especially for pastors and preachers.
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I have been trying to get this book in digital format for some months, but opted in the end to buy the book. The advantage of a book of course, is that one needs neither electricity nor internet connection to enjoy!!
Darrell Bock has majored in the writings of Luke for mant years now and his 2 volumes on the Gospel of Luke and this accompanying volume on Acts are essential for anyone wanting an in-depth evangelical yet scholarly approach to these important books of the Bible. The end product (all 3 volumes) are God-honouring and Christ exalting, which is what any guide to these important books ought to be.
I am delighted to get this and would recommend it unreservedly to any serious student of the Bible
My copy came from "The Book Depository" here in the UK and the parcel arrived in good time and in excellent condition.
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HASH(0x90768d5c) out of 5 stars Best Commentary Available on Acts 18 Oct. 2007
By From North Dakota - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have used a number of commentaries on Acts over the years. Previously my favorites were Haenchen and Fitzmyer. Both had the most exegetical material available until the recent publication of Bock's wonderful commentary. Bock is thoroughly Evangelical and this will be helpful for those who previously had so few options for a good Evangelical commentary on Acts. Bock also does an excellent job of summarizing the findings of previous works. He is highly readable and has much to offer both laity and pastors. I am currently preaching through the book of Acts, and even though I was on chapter 9 when Bock's commentary was finally available, it has quickly become the first commentary I turn to each week!
73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90768db0) out of 5 stars Good, but not the best for the non-professional. 3 Feb. 2008
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
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The `Baker Exegetical Commentary On The New Testament' for `Acts' or `Acts of the Apostles' by Darrell L. Bock, the research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary is a generally good commentary on one of the less well appreciated books of the New Testament. In the spectrum of commentaries which range from very pastoral - friendly such as the `New Interpreters' Bible' to the heavily scholarly volumes which are practically worthless for pastoral use, such as those in the `Word Biblical Commentary' series, Bock's volume falls about two - thirds of the way toward the scholarly side. The book's greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness, is that it seeks to be a scholarly study of all the latest commentaries on `Acts', most especially the Anchor Bible contribution from Joseph Fitzmyer, the Sacra Pagina contribution from Luke Timothy Johnson, The New International Commentary on the New Testament volume by F. F. Bruce, and `The Acts of the Apostles, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary' by Ben Witherington. In fact, Bock refers so often to Fitzmyer and Witherington that I seriously wonder what I'm doing reading Bock, when I can be getting the goods from the horse's mouth. Surveys of the best (and worst) of scholarly opinions are great, but such books become books about the research rather than books about the scripture. As I read Bock, I often find myself vainly seeking to find what Bock himself thinks about a passage. And, there are times when I find Bock expressing an original opinion, only to find other experts disagreeing with him, and I agree with the other writers.
One of the better reasons for picking Bock is that he also did a commentary on the Gospel of Luke, the first of the Luke - Acts combination, written by the same author. I have not used Bock's commentary on Luke, because those by Fitzmyer, Johnson, and Joel Green are so good, and, Fitzmyer and Johnson have also done commentaries on both works.
A `simple' reason for picking Bock is that his book is quite new, so it covers all the major works written in the last fifteen years. Another simple reason for picking Bock is that in addition to pointing out the good stuff, he gives us what we need to know to avoid the bad commentaries. But, both of these reasons are a bit weak. If you happen to read this review and go with Fitzmyer, Johnson, Witherington, or Bruce, you really don't need Bock at all.
Since I always find it best to work with at least two commentaries on scripture for my lay Bible study teaching, I strongly recommend Robert W. Wall's commentary in volume X of the New Interpreter's Bible plus either Fitzmyer or Witherington. If Johnson has a point, Fitzmyer will have it in spades. Wall is especially good for lay study, and Fitzmyer is a good partner, as Fitzmyer (or the 'Word Biblical Commentary' volume) will have all the study critical material Wall avoids.
Last but not least, I found the Baker style of presentation just a bit difficult to follow; however, I must commend them on excellent typefaces for their readability. Otherwise, this is a book almost exclusively for scholars and teachers of courses on `Acts'.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9067d0a8) out of 5 stars A Great Evangelical Commentary on Acts 19 Mar. 2009
By John P. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This commentary is one of the best commentaries available on the book of Acts. There are not many questions that Darrell Bock overlooks. He interacts with the secondary literature, informing his readers of the various positions, then carefully explains the rationale for his own conclusions.

Knowledge of Greek is not required for this commentary, but helpful. Greek words and phrases are rendered in Greek, but are also transliterated with the meaning close at hand in the immediate context. On occasion, however, a previous understanding of Greek grammar is sometimes assumed. For example, he may incidentally mention such things as "epexegetical infinitives," "datives of purpose," and "ingressive aorists" without explanation. When a grammatical observation is particularly significant, however, he does give a thorough explanation.

If you could only have one evangelical commentary on the book of Acts, it should either be this one by Darrell Bock or the one by Ben Witherington. Together, they form a dynamic duo. If you are looking for a brief commentary, check out Richard Longnecker or I H Marshall.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9067d5d0) out of 5 stars Well-Rounded and Informative Reading- Highly Recommended 26 Oct. 2013
By Christine Abraham - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was required reading for my class at seminary school and I found it to be well-rounded and informative. With almost 900 pages, the book is certainly worth the investment! I appreciate how the author presents supporting historical documents for the verses in Acts, as well as the detailed historical background. In addition to the factual information, he then presents varying opinions from different commentaries. For example, in explaining Acts 11:15-18, the author references different scripture translations, and then commentary authors Bruce, Marshall, Jervell, Stott and Barrett...comparing their agreements and differenes to the related passage. So rather than give one opinion to the meaning of the passage, the author is giving several meanings to the passage and allowing the reader to determine what is intended by the passage. In some instances he will state his own opinion and why he agrees or disagrees with the other authors, and Darrell Brok clearly defines this as his opinion. I also like how the book is organized by theme, exegesis and exposition, then summary. Since reading this book I have recommended it to several friends and I look forward to reading other books in the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90768e70) out of 5 stars An Excelleng Exegetical Commentary 1 Feb. 2015
By Joel E. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm just wrapping up a sermon series on the book of Acts, and this commentary was very helpful throughout. It provides a good blend of exegesis, historical background, and application.

I appreciated that the analysis of Greek words never fell into the trap of reading into individual vocabulary choices, verb tenses, etc. more meaning than they could legitimately support. Since this is primarily an exegetical commentary the applications are more of the "this is the basic point Luke was making" variety than the "this is how this principle applies to 21st century Christian living" variety.

One strand of the commentary that I found superfluous was the author's constant attempt to establish Luke's source for each section. In my opinion, this is, at best, educated guesswork and contributes little or nothing to how the text should be understood. Similarly, some of his interactions with other commentaries whose authors regard parts of Acts as historically implausible definitely had academic and apologetic value, but were not terribly relevant to the sermon preparation of someone who accepts biblical inerrancy.

Overall: an excellent, helpful exegetical commentary from an Evangelical point of view.
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