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Acts
Holladay, Carl R.

Lousiville: Westminster John Knox, 2016 pp. xiv + 608. $75.00

Series Information
New Testament Library


Description: Highly respected scholar Carl R. Holladay offers an in-depth critical commentary on the book of Acts in this new work from the acclaimed New Testament Library series. Holladay offers a theological, contextual, and literary interpretation, paying attention to Acts as a rich narrative that accounts for the development of the early Christian church. He sees Lukes literary style as an expression of its theological purpose. Holladay writes, ""Convinced that Jesus life and death and the emergence of the early Christian movement occurred under divine guidance and continued the biblical story by fulfilling Gods ancient promises, Luke decided to incorporate them into a grandly conceived narrative told in a dignified yet dramatic style. Acts reflects the close relationship between medium and message, yet it also illustrates how the medium is the message."" Holladay's commentary is theologically rich and steeped in narrative analysis that understands the high level of literary style as an expression of the theological content and the telling of the Christian origin.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature

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Review by Kenneth D. Litwak
Published 8/30/2018
Citation: Kenneth D. Litwak, review of Carl R. Holladay, Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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