Item description for Acts of the Apostles: A Shorter Commentary (International Critical Commentary) by C. K. Barrett...
Overview This is an abbreviated edition of the two-volume commentary in the critically acclaimed "International Critical Commentary" series. For those who lack the linguistic and historical background to deal with the "ICC" volumes, this shorter commentary retains the important elements of the Introduction and Commentary, excluding foreign-language material, technical notes and excursuses.
Publishers Description An abbreviated edition, in paperback, of the two-volume commentary in the critically-acclaimed International Critical Commentary series.For those who lack the linguistic and historical grounding, or the time, to deal with the ICC volumes, this Shorter Commentary retains all the important elements of the introduction and commentary, but excludes foreign-language material, technical notes and excurses.
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Studio: T. & T. Clark Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.44" Height: 1.49" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 2002
Publisher T. & T. Clark Publishers
ISBN 0567088170 ISBN13 9780567088178
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More About C. K. Barrett
C. K. Barrett is Emeritus Professor of Divinity, University of Durham, UK.
C. K. Barrett was born in 1917.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Acts of the Apostles: A Shorter Commentary (International Critical Commentary)?
Pretty disappointed with this commentary Jun 7, 2007
I am a pastor doing sermon research in commentaries. D. A. Carson recommends it in his NT Commentary Survey. So I bought it.
This commentary has been a large disappointment primarily because the material is primarily about which parts of the verses were written by Luke, and which parts were recorded from other sources. It lacks the fire and depth on things that would help illuminate someone studying the text for the first time.
I would recommend this book only for scholars who do a lot of textual criticism AND who don't care about application ideas or topics.
Let me illustrate what I mean with the last entry I used in this commentary. I was doing a prep for a talk on Acts 8:1-8. I found his comments on Acts 8:1b read as follows:
Acts 8:1 At that time there arose a severe persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and all were dispersed through the districts of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles....
This short paragraph is probably Luke's own work, an introduction to the combined stories, in chs. 8-12, of Paul, Peter, Philip and the unnamed disciples who took the Gospel to Antioch. Chronological sequence throughout these chapters is obscure, and the present paragraph lacks any clarity.
He has 18 lines of this sort of material. Then he gives commentary on the actual text which reads like this...
1b. At that time. literally. On that day. Luke means that the persecution followed without delay. For the Church see on 5.11 and Introduction, pp. lviif. So far as Luke has told us, there was at this time no church except in Jerusalem. Like the Jewish, the Christian Diaspora (limited at this time to Judaea and Samaria) was in part due to persecution. all were dispersed. Luke excepts the apostles in view of 9.26f. Luke presumably meant what he wrote, but there may well have been other exceptions.
That is his commentary on 8:1. I felt like I had wasted my time and money!
I found the little Tyndale commentary to be much more helpful on the book of Acts.
Here is Marshall's Tyndale commentary on 8:1 (btw-it's less expensive than Barrett's $35 abridged volume).
1b The successful attack on Stephen was the signal for a wider attack on the church in Jerusalem, no doubt, instigated by the same group that had attacked him. This is the first occurrence of the word persecution in Acts (except for the verb in 7:52).
[he goes on with another 12 lines of useful commentary on verse 1.]
Note that there is nothing about the speculation of 'did Luke write this or use someone else's material' that Barrett seems preoccupied with. Frankly, for pastors and bible teachers, Marshall's stuff is way more helpful. So my recommendation is that only people who are really into textual criticism purchase Barrett. If you are doing bible study, teaching or preaching from Acts in general, spend your dollars on other resources.