The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's Account of God's Unfolding Plan

By: Alan J. Thompson (New Studies in Biblical
Theology 27; ed. D. A. Carson; Nottingham/Downers
Grove: Apollos/InterVarsity Press, 2011).

This book aims to offer a biblical-theological
framework for interpreting the book of Acts so
that Luke's major themes may be identified and
related to the book as a whole. The book
especially highlights Acts as an account of the
'continuing story' of God's saving purposes: Luke
intends his work to be read in the light of Old
Testament promises and the continuing reign of
Christ in the inaugurated kingdom of God. In this
light, Luke's key themes are better understood
and integrated. Chapter topics include: 1. the
kingdom of God; 2. the resurrection and the
arrival of the last days; 3. Israel, the
Gentiles, and God’s promises of restoration; 4.
the gift of the Holy Spirit; 5. the temple system
and its leaders; and 6. the role of the law.
[Available from July in the UK and October in the United States.]

In the preface of the book, Don Carson states
that the strength of Thompson's book is that "it
uncovers the main theological emphases of the
book of Acts on the book's own terms. Moreover,
although this volume focuses on Acts, Dr.
Thompson wisely keeps an eye peeled for
theological connections with Luke's Gospel. This
volume will be a treasure trove for all who seek
to understand Acts better, not least those who
teach and preach the book." (pp. 11-12)

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