Acts for Everyone

Acts for Everyone

by N. T. Wright

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Overview

Writing in an accessable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright helps us to approach the rich and many-sided story of the book of Acts. Wright shows how the book builds on Luke's Gospel, laying out the continuing work and teaching of the now risen and ascended Jesus in the power of the Spirit. His writing captures the vivid way in which Luke's work draws us all into he story, while leaving the ending open and challenging, inviting Christians today to pick up and carry on the story as we in turn live our lives in the service of Jesus.

Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664227951
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 02/14/2008
Series: New Testament for Everyone Series
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 223,791
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

N. T. Wright is the Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and is a prolific author and noted New Testament scholar. His books include Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, and Evil and the Justice of God.

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Map of the Eastern Mediterranean in the First Century AD     x
Here Comes the Sequel!     1
When, What and How?     5
Ascension!     10
Restoring the Twelve     15
Here Comes the Power     20
New Words for New News     25
It's All Coming True at Last!     30
David Speaks of Jesus' Resurrection     35
God's Rescue Plan     39
The New Family     43
More than He Bargained for     47
An Explanation is Called for     52
Restoration and Refreshment     56
Resurrection Plus the Name of Jesus Equals Trouble     61
The Clash of Loyalties     65
Look upon Their Threats     69
Signs of the New Covenant     73
Disaster     78
Healed by Peter's Shadow     82
The Words of This Life     86
Human Inventions and Divine Instructions     90
Problems of Family Living     96
Stephen Becomes a Target     101
Stephen Tells the Story     106
Stephen and Moses     111
Handmade Shrines     115
The Stoning of Stephen     120
Samaria, the Spirit and Simon Magus     124
Philip and the Ethiopian     130
The Conversion of Saul     136
Ananias and Saul     142
'He is God's Son'     146
Back to Peter     151
Peter's Vision     155
Peter Goes to Cornelius     160
Telling the Gentiles about Jesus     165
Controversy and Vindication     170
Taking Root - and a Name! - in Antioch     175
Herod Kills James     181
Peter's Rescue and Rhoda's Mistake     184
Herod's Vanity and Death     189
Glossary     194

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