The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Ben Witherington III

The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Book Details

Series: Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
Categories: Acts
Tags: Special Study

Book Information

Pages: 874
Publisher: Eerdmans
Published: 1997
ISBN-10: 0802845010
ISBN-13: 9780802845016

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4.85 out of 5 based on 10 user ratings
J L Smith August 27, 2011 5 5
Definitely one of Ben's best contributions!
John Philip May 6, 2010 5 5
This is just great. So interesting. Doesn't try cover everthing, but the stuff discussed is thought provoking and helpful. Up there with Fitzmyer and Calvin.
Scot McKnight April 21, 2009 4.5 5
Then I go to Ben Witherington [Full Review]
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
danny September 18, 2008 5 5
This is Witherington at his best. He doesn't force his "socio-rhetorical" method onto Acts, weeds through some of the difficulties well and leaves the reader understanding the passage better than when they started. It's worth getting the book just for the introduction. His argument for the early date of Galatians is persuasive, and Witherington sees Acts as a reliable guide for events in the earliest years of the church. For instance, his discussion on Paul's conversion, comparing Acts and Paul's autobiographical accounts in his letters, carefully balances considerations of genre, authorial intent and audience. Altogether a terrific commentary, one I'd highly recommend.
Ben Witherington's series of "socio-rhetorical" commentaries vary in terms of their helpfulness. At over 900 pages, this is one of the largest in the series, and one of the most useful. There is a large amount of information in this commentary that is not found in others, and the extensive bibliography is a plus as well. [Full Review]
D. A. Carson May 26, 2008 5 5
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 1998. Pp. xlviii + 875, Paperback, $50.00, ISBN 0802845010. Richard I. Pervo Seabury-Western Theological Seminary Evanston, IL 60201 From the active pen of Ben Witherington comes another substantial book, clearly intended to complement his studies of Pauline correspondence, a felicitous project for one who views Acts and the letters themselves as fully complementary. In short, Witherington represents a classical conservative school of thought. Whoever wishes to find mere paraphrase of Ramsay or Bruce will, however, be disappointed. Witherington is independent, and his agendas extend beyond conventional apologetics. The subtitle promises two emphases, of which rhetoric is the more fruitful and innovative. Witherington utilizes ancient rhetoric for both the analysis of the various speeches and for reflection upon narrative exposition, opening the door to literary analysis. A noteworthy feature of the speeches is the frequency and quantity of narratio, although one would expect missionary sermons to be deliberative. This phenomenon signals two qualities highlighted by Witherington: the integration of speech into the narrative and the author's goal of legitimating the Christian movement in its Gentile manifestation. Speeches carry, expound, and expand the story rather than just comment on events. The social dimension of this commentary is mostly of the descriptive sort, with limited attention to social-scientific methods. The distance such methods can provide might have helped Witherington avoid what M. I. [Full Review]

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