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Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament: Acts 2 Vol. Set, 2nd Edition
Anyone seeking to master the intricacies of Koine Greek in order to better understand the New Testament writings will find the Acts of the Apostles an appropriate point of departure. With 18,382 words, Acts is the second longest book in the New Testament. Only its companion piece, the Gospel of Luke, is longer (with 19,428 words; Morganthaler, 164). Of the 5,436 unique vocabulary words in the New Testament, 2,038 are found in Acts (second again only to Luke with 2,055). A systematic study of this important New Testament book will thus pay rich dividends for subsequent study of the other New Testament writings. This volume attempts to guide students through the intricacies of the Greek text of Acts.
By working through the text systematically, readers will not only gain a firmer grasp of the peculiar shape of Acts' grammar, but given Acts' length and complexity, the student will also become better equipped to approach the other New Testament documents with increased confidence, particularly the other narrative literature (which together with Acts contain 82,773 of the 137,490 words of the NT; see Morganthaler, 164).
While the commentary tradition has, with some notable exceptions, shifted away from philology to take up questions of the social values, rhetorical conventions, and narrative strategies, this volume provides the textual, philological, and grammatical essentials to any act of interpretation. By working through this text systematically, readers will not only gain a firmer grasp on the peculiar shape of Acts' grammar, but given Acts' length and complexity, they will also become better equipped to approach the other New Testament documents with increased confidence.
"Mikeal Parsons and Martin Culy have produced a handbook on the Greek text of the book of Acts that will be of great help to students and scholars alike."—Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity
Martin M. Culy is Associate Professor of New Testament at Briercrest Biblical Seminary. Culy earned an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of North Dakota, an M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Baylor University.
Mikeal Parsons is Professor of Religion at Baylor University. Parsons earned his Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of The Departure of Jesus in Luke-Acts (1987); Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts (1993); and, with Heidi J. Hornick, Illuminating Luke: The Infancy Narrative in Italian Renaissance Painting (2003).