Acts of the Apostles (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)

Acts of the Apostles (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)

Acts of the Apostles (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)

Acts of the Apostles (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)


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What message was the author of Acts seeking to convey, and what would the original audience have understood? How is God speaking to believers today through Acts as it has been used by the church throughout the centuries? In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, respected New Testament scholar William Kurz offers a close reading and explanation of the entire narrative of Acts, grounded in the original Greek but keyed to the NABRE for liturgical use. This volume, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801036330
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 544,364
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William S. Kurz, SJ (PhD, Yale University), is professor of New Testament at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has taught for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of numerous books, including Reading Luke-Acts: Dynamics of Biblical Narrative.

Table of Contents

Illustrations 7

Editors' Preface 8

Abbreviations 11

Introduction 13

Outline of Acts 21

Luke's Introduction to Acts (Acts 1:1-11) 25

Prayer in the Upper Room (Acts 1:12-26) 37

The Coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birth of the Church (Acts 2) 43

Healing Spurs the Growth of the Church (Acts 3:1-4:4) 66

Bold Testimony and a New Outpouring of the Spirit (Acts 4:5-31) 78

Sharing of Goods: Two Contrary Examples (Acts 4:32-5:11) 89

Signs and Wonders and Trials (Acts 5:12-42) 97

The Ordination of the Seven and the Preaching of Stephen (Acts 6:1-15) 109

Stephen's Overview of Biblical History (Acts 7:1-53) 117

Martyrdom, Persecution, and Mission (Acts 7:54-8:40) 132

Paul's Conversion and Baptism (Acts 9:1-22) 150

Saul's Escape; Peter's Healing of Aeneas and Tabitha (Acts 9:23-43) 159

The Conversion of Cornelius (Acts 10:1-11:18) 167

Church Growth at Antioch; Peter's Escape (Acts 11:19-12:24) 186

The Mission of Barnabas and Saul (Acts 12:25-13:52) 201

Paul in Asia Minor: Iconium, Lystra, Derbe (Acts 14:1-28) 222

The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1-35) 232

The Separation of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-16:15) 246

Imprisonment and Release at Philippi (Acts 16:16-40) 254

Paul in Thessalonica, Beroea, and Athens (Acts 17:1-34) 261

Paul's Mission in Corinth (Acts 18:1-28) 278

Ephesus (Acts 19:1-41) 290

Paul the Itinerant Pastor (Acts 20:1-16) 303

Paul's Farewell Speech (Acts 20:17-38) 309

Paul's Journey to Jerusalem (Acts 21:1-26) 317

Paul's Arrest and Defense (Acts 21:27-23:35) 324

Trials before Roman Governors (Acts 24:1-25:12) 342

Paul before Agrippa (Acts 25:13-26:32) 351

Shipwreck en Route to Rome (Acts 27:1-44) 363

From Malta to Rome (Acts 28:1-16) 374

Testimony in Rome (Acts 28:17-31) 380

Suggested Resources 387

Glossary 390

Index of Pastoral Topics 393

Index of Sidebars 396

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