"For the twists and turns of Lukes narrative, here is a reliable guide for the journey. Beverly Gaventas commentary on Acts elegantly combines two attributes not often found together: it is both erudite and widely accessible! Her emphasis on Acts as a story of divine activity provides a welcome and stimulating, theological reading of this important book."
Joel B. Green, Asbury Theological Seminary
"Gaventa does not permit the forward movement of her reproduction of a stirring account to be stalled in snowdrifts of speculations about details that were of limited interest to Luke. Skilled she is in ferreting Luke's intentions where many modern readers anachronistically impose their own structural preferences. Gaventa's strength is in knowing what Luke wants us to know. Such awareness is nourished by the modesty of knowing what one cannot know."
Frederick William Danker, Emeritus ,Christ Seminary-Seminex/Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
"This commentary is a valuable guide to Acts as a theological narrative. It will be highly informative for those in need of basic orientation, while providing fresh perspectives for mature scholars. Gaventa consistently stresses God's role as the central actor in the Acts narrative and highlights two points of dramatic climax: the Cornelius episode in the first half of Acts and Paul's speech before King Agrippa in the second half."
Robert C. Tannehill, Emeritus, Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Beverly Gaventa is a superb guide for the journey from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth as depicted in the Acts of the Apostles. Her focus on Lukes theological perspectives as conveyed in the narrative helps contemporary believers understand the text not as a history of the early church, nor as a blueprint for what the church should be, but as a help in finding our way faithfully through the chaotic realities of todays world and church. At the outset she prepares the reader well for the journey through Acts, mapping Lukes major themes and emphases. Commenting insightfully on each episode, she attends to both to the exegetical details and to the broader narrative function. Serious travelers through Acts will want Gaventas sure-footed companionship on the Way."
Barbara E. Reid, Catholic Theological Union