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Focused Biblical Scholarship to Teach the Text Effectively

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text.

The book of Acts is theological history, showing how Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection informed the life, teaching, and ministry of the early church. God's power is displayed through the Spirit in the outward spread and influence of the gospel. We see how God's Old Testament promises are fulfilled in the church, composed of both Jews and Gentiles. It is an open-ended story, so its history and theology are needed for the life and mission of the church today.

"A trustworthy interpreter, David Garland guides the reader through Acts concisely, capturing the main points and theological message of each passage and offering vivid illustrations. This book will be a huge help to busy pastors preaching from this exciting biblical book."--Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

"David Garland has enhanced his well-earned reputation as a superb commentary writer with this outstanding work on Acts. It is a genuine privilege to recommend this thoughtful, instructive, and carefully designed exposition as an important resource for students, teachers, and pastors alike."--David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University

"David Garland has written a wonderful commentary that is consistently faithful to the text, thoroughly informative on historical matters, deeply committed to theological explanation, focused on contemporary application, and always eminently readable."--Eckhard J. Schnabel, professor of New Testament studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"The exegesis is careful, the theological insights are distilled, and the illustrations are genuinely illuminating. Acts is a wonderful deposit of biblical interpretation, theological explanation, and homiletical application. A must have for preachers!"--Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College


David E. Garland
(PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He is the author of numerous books, including award-winning commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Mark.


Endorsements

"A trustworthy interpreter, David Garland guides the reader through Acts concisely, capturing the main points and theological message of each passage and offering vivid illustrations. This book will be a huge help to busy pastors preaching from this exciting biblical book."

Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

"David E. Garland has enhanced his well-earned reputation as a superb commentary writer with this outstanding work on Acts. If one is looking for an illuminating and reliable guide for understanding the early decades in the life of the church, Garland's new volume in the Teach the Text Commentary Series is the place to turn. It is a genuine privilege to recommend this thoughtful, instructive, and carefully designed exposition as an important resource for students, teachers, and pastors alike."

David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University

"David Garland has written a wonderful commentary that is consistently faithful to the text, thoroughly informative on historical matters, deeply committed to theological explanation, focused on contemporary application, and always eminently readable. This is a commentary that will be of immense help for leaders in the church who lead Bible studies, for Christians who want to become more mature in their faith, for unbelievers who seek to understand the beginnings of Christianity, and for pastors who look for focused reading as they work their way through the book of Acts."

Eckhard J. Schnabel, professor of New Testament studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"David Garland has written a very practical Acts commentary for preachers who want to know what the text says and garner some ideas on how to preach it. The exegesis is careful, the theological insights are distilled, and the illustrations are genuinely illuminating. Acts is a wonderful deposit of biblical interpretation, theological explanation, and homiletical application. A must have for preachers!"

Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College


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    David E. Garland

    David E. Garland (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean for academic affairs and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He is the author of numerous books,...

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