Witness To The Gospel / Edition 1

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A distinguished group of scholars here provides a comprehensive survey of the theology of the early church as it is presented by the author of Acts. These twenty-five essays, designed to show the current state of scholarship in ways accessible to students of the New Testament, discuss the main themes in the theology of Acts: God's plan of salvation, the call of God and the spreading of the Word, the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, the relationship of Jews and Gentiles in the church, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
This book provides us with valuable examinations of numerous themes in Acts.
IZBG: Issues in Law & Medicine
The encyclopaedic nature of the book, the high standard of the papers, the copious notes, the long bibliography, and the indexes all contribute to making this a standard manual on the book of Acts.
Bibliotheca Sacra
Although the literature base for Luke-Acts studies has grown impressively during the last decade, this volume surely merits careful consideration for its unique goal and composition.... For serious readers of Acts this book will prove helpful in identifying thematic streams running through the narrative and in developing an understanding of how various approaches to creating a theology of the Book of Acts lead to differing, yet complementary, conclusions.
Calvin Theological Journal
A very valuable work. There is a wealth of insightful theological material here. It will be very enriching to anyone pursuing the study of Acts.
Journal of Theological Studies
The book makes an important contribution to the specialist study of Acts at the same time as providing a foundation teaching tool.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844354
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/22/1998
  • Series: Theology, Biblical Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 925,686
  • Product dimensions: 1.39 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 How Does One Write On The Theology of Acts?
Pt. I The Salvation of God 17
2 The Plan of God 19
3 Scripture and The Realisation of God's Promises 41
4 Salvation-History and Eschatology 63
5 Salvation to The End of The Earth: God as the Saviour in the Acts of the Apostles 83
6 The Divine Saviour 107
7 The Need for Salvation 125
8 Salvation and Health in Christian Antiquity: The Soteriology of Luke-Acts in its First Century Setting 145
Pt. II The Call of God 167
9 The Role of The Apostles 169
10 Mission and Witness 191
11 The Progress of The Word 215
12 Opposition to The Plan of God and Persecution 235
13 The Preaching of Peter in Acts 257
14 The Speech of Stephen 275
15 The Preaching and Defence of Paul 295
Pt. III The Renewing Work of God 325
16 The 'Spirit of Prophecy' as the Power of Israel's Resoration and Witness 327
17 The New People of God 349
18 The Worship of the New Community 373
19 The Christian and The Law of Moses 397
20 Mission Practice and Theology under Construction (Acts 18-20) 417
21 Israel and The Gentile Mission in Acts and Paul: A Canonical Approach 437
22 Sociology and Theology 459
23 The Influence of Jewish Worship on Luke's Presentation of the Early Church 473
24 Reciprocity and The Ethic of Acts 499
Conclusion 519
25 Luke's Theological Enterprise: Integration and Intent 521
Bibliography 545
Indexes 577
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