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The Acts of the Apostles
Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation
Edited by Beth Allison Barr, Bill J. Leonard, Mikeal C. Parsons and C. Douglas Weaver Contributions by Helen Barrett Montgomery
The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation is a landmark work of research, containing examples of specific ways that Baptists have used Acts in their confessions, sermons, tracts, commentaries, monographs, devotional and denominational literature, speeches, and hymns. Including the entirety of the Acts as translated by Baptist luminary Helen Barrett Montgomery, this commentary beautifully illustrates the diversity of Baptist responses to this book of Scripture, and in so doing, a variety of hermeneutical approaches within the Baptist tradition.
Acts 1: The Ascension and the Choice of Matthias
Acts 2: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Acts 3-5: The Glad Dawn of the Early Church
Acts 6: The Jerusalem Church Appoints Deacons
Acts 7-8: The Martyrdom of Stephen and the Mission of Philip
Acts 9: Saul Sees a Great Light
Acts 10-12: Widening Circles of Influence
Acts 13-14: Barnabas and Saul Sent Forth as Missionaries
Acts 15: Broken Fetters
Acts 16: The Gospel Crosses Over into Europe
Acts 17: Paul Preaches on Mars Hill
Acts 18-19: Ministry and Persecution in Corinth and Ephesus
Acts 20: Paul Sets Out to Jerusalem and Bids Farewell to His Converts
Acts 21-23: Paul’s Arrest in Jerusalem and Escape to Cæsarea
Acts 24-26: Paul Defends His Faith
Acts 27-28: Paul’s Journey and Ministry in Rome
"This is a path-breaking scholarly undertaking that shows Baptists the scriptural reasoning that underlies their denominational existence."
—David W. Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling
Beth Allison Barr (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is Assistant Professor of European Women’s History, Baylor University. Her research interests focus on sermon literature in England, 1350-1750, and she is the author of The Pastoral Care of Women in Late Medieval England (2008). She lives in Waco, Texas.
Bill J. Leonard (Ph.D. Boston University) is Dean of the School of Divinity and Professor of Church History, Wake Forest University. He is the author or editor of 15 books, including most recently Baptist Questions, Baptist Answers: Exploring Christian Faith (2008), Baptists in America (2007), and Baptist Ways: A History (2003). He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Mikeal C. Parsons (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Kidd L. and Buna Hitchcock Macon Chair in Religion, Baylor University. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, including most recently Acts: Paideia Commentary on the New Testament (2008), Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist (2007), Body and Character in Luke and Acts: The Subversion of Physiognomy in Early Christianity (2006), and with Heidi J. Hornik, the three-volume work Illuminating Luke. He lives in Waco, Texas.
C. Douglas Weaver (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Religion, Baylor University. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story (2008), Second to None: A History of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia (2004), and The Healer Prophet: William Marrion Branham (2000). He lives in Waco, Texas.