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The Acts of the Apostles joins the Gospel of Luke with the ministry of Paul. Renowned New Testament scholar Richard I. Pervo shows how this masterful storyteller worked his magic, drawing on first-century literary techniques of narration and characterization. Luke's literary skills did not prevent scribes from re-writing his masterwork, however, the textual tradition of Acts is among the most intriguing of the documents of the New Testament, and is a focus here.

Elegantly written, Pervo's commentary provides a compelling interpretation of Acts in the context of Hellenistic literature and the emerging Christian movement, Readers will rediscover the "profit with delight" that was the ideal of ancient story-tellers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword to the First German Edition
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Foreword to the Second German Edition
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Reference Codes
  2. pp. xv-xxv
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  1. Editor’s Note
  2. p. xxvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxvii-xlviii
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  1. Commentary: Acts of the Apostles
  1. Dedication, Proem (1:1–2)
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Jesus’ Farewell Speech and the Ascension (1:3–11)
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. The Earliest Congregation (1:12–14)
  2. p. 9
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  1. Choice of a Replacement for Judas (1:15–26)
  2. pp. 10-12
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  1. The Miracle at Pentecost (2:1–13)
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. The Pentecost Sermon (2:14–36)
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. The Effects of the Speech (2:37–41)
  2. p. 22
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  1. Summary: The Unity of the Earliest Community (2:42–47)
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Peter Heals a Lame Man (3:1–10)
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Peter’s Speech (3:11–26)
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. The Arrest of Peter and John and the Examination before the Council (4:1–22)
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. The Prayer of the Congregation (4:23–31)
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Summary: The Life of the Congregation (4:32–37)
  2. p. 36
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  1. Ananias and Sapphira (5:1–11)
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Summary: Signs and Wonders (5:12–16)
  2. p. 39
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  1. The Apostles’ Arrest, Miraculous Release, and Examination before the Council, including the Advice of Gamaliel (5:17–42)
  2. pp. 40-43
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  1. The Installation of the Seven Congregational Leaders (6:1–7)
  2. pp. 44-46
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  1. The Attack on Stephen (6:8–7:1)
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Stephen’s Speech before the Council (7:2–53)
  2. pp. 49-58
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  1. The Martyrdom of Stephen and the Outbreak of Persecution (7:54–8:4)
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. Philip’s Mission in Samaria and the Conversion of Simon Magus (8:5–13)
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. The Annexation of the New Church to the Earliest Congregation and Peter’s Clash with Simon Magus (8:14–25)
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. The Conversion of an Ethiopian Official (8:26–40)
  2. pp. 67-69
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  1. The Conversion of Paul: The First Account (9:1–19a)
  2. pp. 70-73
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  1. Saul’s Appearance in Damascus and His Escape (9:19b–25)
  2. p. 74
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  1. Saul in Jerusalem (and Tarsus) (9:26–31)
  2. p. 75
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  1. Peter Heals Aeneas and Raises Tabitha (9:32–43)
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. The First Gentile Conversion (through Peter) (10:1–48)
  2. pp. 78-84
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  1. Peter’s Report in Jerusalem (11:1–18)
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. The Church Spreads to Antioch: The First Mixed Congregation (11:19–26)
  2. pp. 87-89
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  1. The Prophecy of Agabus and the Collection for Jerusalem (11:27–30)
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. The Persecution in Jerusalem; Peter’s Imprisonment and Miraculous Escape (12:1–19)
  2. pp. 92-95
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  1. The Terrible Death of the Persecutor (12:20–25)
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. The First Missionary Journey [13-14]
  2. pp. 98-122
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  1. The Great Missionary Journey [15:36-21:26]
  2. pp. 123-230
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 243-250
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  1. Indices
  2. pp. 251-285
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  1. Designer’s Notes
  2. pp. 286-288
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  1. Back Cover
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