Invigorating Acts

Browsing through this pair of commentaries on Acts, I found myself wondering, “What are commentaries supposed to be? And what do we need them for?” My shelves are weighted down with the usual round of Anchor Bible, Word, ICC, and Hermeneia commentaries, which translate the text, burrow behind it to explore how it came to be, discuss the historical setting and assess redactions—usually with a thin theological observation tacked on at the end for good measure. I love reading commentaries, but I have never, ever found a sermon in one.


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