Abingdon New Testament Commentaries: Acts

By Beverly Roberts Gaventa Published
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In a striking departure from customary readings of the Acts of the Apostles as the story of the growth of the church, Gaventa argues that Luke's second volume has to do with nothing less than the activity of God. From the beginning of the story at Jesus' Ascension and extending until well past the final report of Paul's activity in Rome, Luke narrates a relentlessly theological story, in which matters of institutional history or biography play only an incidental role. Gaventa pays careful attention to Luke's story of God, as well as to the numerous characters who set themselves in opposition to God's plan.


"For the twists and turns of Lukes narrative, here is a reliable guide for the journey. Beverly Gaventas 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.

About the Author

Beverly Roberts Gaventa

Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary