Acts vol. 2

For introductory information, see vol. 1
Endorsements include:
  •  “This is the most expansive treatment of Acts in modern scholarship"--Gregory Sterling (Yale Divinity School)
  • Craig Keener, a master of primary and secondary sources, has crafted another meticulous commentary that is a joy to read … full of information that shows Keener’s unusual industriousness and precision”--James H. Charlesworth (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • "A magnificent achievement ... Without any shadow of a doubt, an indispensable reference work for all students of Acts and early Christianity"--Christopher Tuckett (Pembroke College, Oxford University)
  • a tour de force, another Beginnings of Christianity ... this commentary may be all that you will ever need on Acts. It is not only exhaustive in its historical detail, it is rich in inspiring interpretation”--David E. Garland (Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University)
  • one of the greatest living commentators on the New Testament. This second volume on Acts—packed with an incredible amount of contextual information as well as wisdom about the text itself—is bound to become a standard reference work for many years to come”--Ben Witherington III (Asbury Theological Seminary)
  • “so thorough and comprehensive that it can truly be said to 'leave no stone unturned.' ... an encyclopedic work... the first commentary to which scholars, students, and pastors will turn with any question on the text of Acts.”--Seyoon Kim (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Reviews of vol. 2 so far include:
  • To describe this as 'monumental' is an understatement. In size alone it will certainly be the most extensive commentary on Acts ever penned. ... More important than its size, however, is the quality of Keener's scholarship and his interpretation of this key New Testament book.--The Bible Today (Nov. 2013)
  • perhaps the largest commentary on any single biblical writing ... It will be consulted frequently in coming years to draw upon his commendable dedication to providing the results of his extensive acquaintance with the historical context of the NT.”--Larry Hurtado 
Reviews of vol. 1 include:

  • Acts has now taken a new step forward with the exhaustive (and exhausting) commentary by Craig S. Keener. . . . the starting point for all Acts scholarship from now on!”--Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed blog
  • To my knowledge ... by far the largest single-author work on Acts to date ... Anyone concerned with Acts is best advised to take account of this extensive study from a widely read and dedicated scholar”--Larry Hurtados blog
  • “Keener’s finished commentary will dwarf other modern commentaries, if measured by the quantity of either in spilled or of citations of Greco-Roman texts. … the result of the careful, balanced work of a senior scholar. Any serious scholar will want to have this valuable commentary ready-to-hand.”--Daniel L. Smith in RBL
  • “a remarkable achievement. … a deep and extensive acquaintance with ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish literature, and the result is a rich, detailed commentary packed with abundant and useful information.”--Joseph Tyson in RBL
  • “a very valuable resource work that will surely be a point of reference for all future discussions about Acts”--Donald Senior in Bible Today 
  • a prolific and established commentator on the NT ...has authored what may prove to be the lengthiest and most thorough commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in the English language”--Guy Prentiss Waters in Themelios 
At slightly greater length:
  • Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed blog): “Acts has now taken a new step forward with the exhaustive (and exhausting) commentary by Craig S. Keener. . . . This will be the starting point for all Acts scholarship from now on!” 
  • Larry Hurtado’s blog: “To my knowledge … by far the largest single-author work on Acts to date. . . . Keener’s strong suit has always been his impressive acquaintance with the literary environment of the New Testament. … He is also remarkably thorough in citing other scholars … Anyone concerned with Acts is best advised to take account of this extensive study from a widely read and dedicated scholar 
  • Daniel L. Smith in RBL: “Keener’s finished commentary will dwarf other modern commentaries, if measured by the quantity of either in spilled or of citations of Greco-Roman texts. Beyond such metrics, Keener’s magnum opus is a rich resource that will serve Acts scholars for years to come … This volume is the result of the careful, balanced work of a senior scholar. Any serious scholar will want to have this valuable commentary ready-to-hand.”
  • Joseph Tyson in RBL: “By almost any measure, Craig Keener’s commentary on Acts is a remarkable achievement. … he is thoroughly engaged with a wide range of critical studies of Acts and related writings. Keener also brings to the study of Acts a deep and extensive acquaintance with ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish literature, and the result is a rich, detailed commentary packed with abundant and useful information. … I am unable to agree with many of his convictions about Acts but am compelled to admire his well-conceived and well-documented arguments and interpretations.”
  • “At a time when some scholars raise serious questions about the historical value and sources of Acts and tend to date it later into the second century, Keener's prodigious work offers a closely reasoned and thoroughly documented argument for the historical worth of Acts, that is, "historical" judged by the canons of history prevalent in the ancient world. This is a very valuable resource work that will surely be a point of reference for all future discussions about Acts”--Donald Senior in Bible Today
  • a prolific and established commentator on the NT ...has authored what may prove to be the lengthiest and most thorough commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in the English language ...many of his introductory discussions are encyclopedic in scope and will enrich one's understanding not only of Acts but also of the world of the first century”--Guy Prentiss Waters in Themelios 
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