In Acts, part of the eighteen-volume Paideia commentary series, leading biblical scholar Mikeal Parsons gleans fresh theological insight into Acts by attending carefully to the cultural and educational context from which it emerges.Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by: '¢ Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs '¢ Showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits '¢ Commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book '¢ Focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text '¢ Making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format"Parsons presents a masterful exposition both of the myriad strategies whereby the author of Acts attempted to persuade his original audience and of the ways in which this ancient book continues to speak powerfully to Christian faith in our own day. Readers will find here a treasure trove of insights into Hellenistic rhetorical conventions and their usage in Acts."--John A. Darr, Boston College"Parsons's commentary on Acts takes an overtly rhetorical approach to the text while not losing sight of its important theological implications. I commend him for focusing his commentary on the final form of the text as it was read by the first readers and recognizing the author as a theologian in his own right. Parsons also provides useful supplemental comments to aid those unfamiliar with the terminology of ancient rhetoric. A number of Parsons's assumptions and conclusions will no doubt prompt significant further discussion."--Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity College"Parsons deftly shepherds the reader through Acts of the Apostles in this rich and illuminating commentary. This book will be an ideal companion for students navigating Acts for the first time and a helpful resource for seasoned Acts scholars."--William Sanger Campbell, The College of St. Scholastica"Mikeal Parsons has been on the forefront of reading the Lukan writings with strategies that combine the best of ancient literary criticism with social-world analyses and socio-rhetorical expertise with biblical-theological acumen. His Acts Paideia commentary is his most recent integrative tour de force!"--David P. Moessner, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and University of PretoriaParsons, Mikeal C. is the author of 'Acts', published 2008 under ISBN 9780801031885 and ISBN 0801031885.