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The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History, and Theology
Padilla, Osvaldo

Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016 pp. 264. $26.00


Description: 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Kenneth D. Litwak
Published 2/1/2018
Citation: Kenneth D. Litwak, review of Osvaldo Padilla, The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History, and Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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