The book of Acts is a remarkable fusion of the historical and theological, and its account of the early church has fascinated theologians and biblical scholars for centuries. Just who was the author of this work? And what kind of book did he write? How do we classify its genre?
The Acts of the Apostles provides an advanced introduction to the study of Acts, covering important questions about authorship, genre, history and theology. Osvaldo Padilla explores fresh avenues of understanding by examining the text in light of the most recent research on the book of Acts itself, philosophical hermeneutics, genre theory and historiography. In addition, Padilla opens a conversation between the text of Acts and postliberal theology, seeking a fully-orbed engagement with Acts that is equally attuned to questions of interpretation, history and theology.
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About the Author
Osvaldo Padilla (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is associate professor of New Testament at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of The Speeches of Outsiders in Acts: Poetics, Theology, and Historiography and he has written articles and reviews for Themelios, Bulletin for Biblical Research, New Testament Studies and Ex Auditu. Previously, he taught New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served as pastor of Jesus el Buen Pastor, a Hispanic congregation in the Chicago area. He is married to Kristen, and they have one son.
Table of Contents
1. Who Wrote Acts?
Who Was Luke?
How Important Is the Identity of the Author to Interpret Acts?
2. The Genre of Acts
A Brief History of Genre Theory
Proposals on the Genre of Acts
ConclusionActs as Historical Monograph: How Does It Help?
3. How Luke Writes History
Luke the Theological Historian
Luke the Storyteller
Luke the Historian
4. The Speeches in Acts (Part One): The Speeches in Their Ancient Context
The Reporting of Speeches in Ancient History
Luke as a Conservative Reporter of Speeches
Conclusion: Believing the Speeches
5. The Speeches in Acts (Part Two): The Theology of the Speeches
The Speech of Peter at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41)
The Speech of Stephen (Acts 7:1-53)
The Speech at the Home of Cornelius (Acts 10:34-48)
The Speech at Athens (Acts 17:16-31)
The Speech Before Agrippa (Acts 26:1-32)
Summary and Conclusions
6. The Justification of Truth-Claims in Acts: A Conversation with Postliberalism
Postliberalism: A Sketch
Postliberalism and the Question of Truth-Claims
The Justification of Truth-Claims in Acts