Acts: An Exegetical Commentary


by Craig S. Keener (Author)CRAIG KEENER (Author)
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In the final volume of this four-volume commentary, Craig Keener completes his detailed exegesis of Acts, offering a wealth of fresh insights. The four-volume set cites more than 45,000 extrabiblical ancient references.

"With this enormous commentary, Craig Keener deploys his breathtaking knowledge of the classical world to shine a bright light on both the big picture of Acts and ten thousand small details. Students of Acts will be in his debt for generations to come."
--N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews

"No wise and patient scholar will tackle a passage in Acts without engaging Keener. He reads Acts as strictly historical in aim and detail and does so with a lack of rancor and polemic that invites all to ponder his conclusions. If for no other reason, the richness of detail and depth of immersion in primary sources guarantee a long and honored life for these volumes."
--Richard I. Pervo, author of Acts: A Commentary (Hermeneia)

"For serious students of Acts, here is a commentary that takes its place at once alongside those of Sir William Ramsay and F. F. Bruce. Its particular strength is its amassing of texts from the ancient world. Keener's work is essential for its survey of and detailed interaction with Acts scholarship. This is a remarkable scholarly achievement that will be eagerly used by a wide range of readers."
--I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen

"This final volume on Acts is full of the meticulous scholarship and original insight we've come to expect of Keener. Despite the abundance of ancient sources and unparalleled discussion of secondary literature, the prose is beautifully clear and the commentary is a delight to use. Keener has already established himself as the premier commentator on Acts for academics and ministers alike."
--Helen K. Bond, Centre for Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh

"Keener has put us all in his debt by writing a magisterial commentary on Acts in four volumes. No stone is left unturned in what is undoubtedly the largest work on Acts ever written. With meticulous scholarship and calling on an amazing breadth of sources, he sheds fresh historical, literary, and theological light on Acts and on the history of early Christianity. This will be the standard full-scale commentary on Acts for years to come!"
--Paul Trebilco, University of Otago, New Zealand

"The genre-busting commentary concluded in this volume has already attracted well-deserved admiration for the sheer ambition and energy of its execution. For all its door-stopping heft, this work constitutes a definitive and yet surprisingly accessible go-to reference for this biblical book. Professor Keener here supplies an entire library on Acts in commentary form, a landmark compendium characterized throughout by a lively critical sympathy for its text."
--Markus Bockmuehl, Keble College, University of Oxford

"Keener caps off the most exhaustive--in the best sense of the word--commentary on Acts available today. A colossal achievement. Throughout his investigation of Paul's trials at the end of Acts, Keener maintains his meticulous engagement with Luke's text in light of a stunning array of ancient sources and contemporary scholarship. Although teachers and preachers have typically neglected these concluding chapters of Acts in favor of more familiar sections, we have no more excuses! Keener provides a gold mine of insights and information to stimulate the mind and heart."
--F. Scott Spencer, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond


Craig S. Keener, Author

Craig S. Keener (Ph.D., Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is author of 25 books, 5 of which have won awards in Christianity Today. More than a million copies of his books are in circulation; the most popular is The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, which provides cultural background on each passage of the New Testament. Craig is also the New Testament editor for the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, which won the International Book Award for Christianity and Bible of the year in the Christian Book Awards. Craig is editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research and in 2018 is vice-president of the Evangelical Theological Society. Craig's wife, Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, was a refugee in her home country of Congo; their story appears in Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles, and Hope against All Odds (Chosen, 2016). His blog site is

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