Sacra Pagina - The Acts of the Apostles
AUTHOR: Luke Timothy JohnsonThe Acts of the Apostles is the second volume in the two-part writing scholars call Luke-Acts. It continues the story begun in the Gospel of Luke, showing how the Good News offered by Jesus was eventually extended "to the ends of the earth," so that the Gentiles as well as Jews came to share in the blessings of God.
The commentary treats Luke-Acts as an apologetic history. It takes with equal seriousness Luke's literary artistry and his historical interests, fitting his methods comfortably within the ancient standards of historiography. This perspective illustrates in particular that Luke's historical narrative serves a definite religious intent. Tracing the intent through the specific contours of Luke's story is the special contribution of this commentary.
The goal of The Sacra Pagina series is to provide sound, critical analysis without any loss of sensitivity to religious meaning.
Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.