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The most comprehensive volume ever produced in defense of the Gospels and Acts   The four Gospels and the book of Acts tell stories of Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians The most comprehensive volume ever produced in defense of the Gospels and Acts   The four Gospels and the book of Acts tell stories of Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians have argued that the Bible is a book of legends, myths, and historical inaccuracies—just another example of human religious endeavor. In this volume, four world-class New Testament scholars address challenges to the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. In order to identify the most important challenges, the authors drew from the literature of skeptics and New Testament critics, plus they included questions that many Christians ask as well. The result is the most comprehensive defense of the Gospels and Acts that has ever been published.   The primary purpose of the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible is to equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings. It is designed for use by general readers, though scholars will find it a probing and welcome resource as well. A secondary purpose is to encourage awareness and discussion of Bible difficulties that are not commonly mentioned from the pulpit or even the seminary lectern.   This is not a verse-by-verse commentary. The authors were provided an index that identified verses known to be relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. They restricted their comments to these verses, plus any others that they recognized as germane to the aims of this project. Typically, each commentary note begins by stating the challenge or challenges regarding the text at hand. We attempt to state the case in all its potency, as a critic would state it. This approach takes seriously the critical viewpoint and helps ensure that the reader feels the full weight of the challenge. The contributors take each challenge seriously and seek to describe viable solutions that support faith and align with a high view of Scripture.


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The most comprehensive volume ever produced in defense of the Gospels and Acts   The four Gospels and the book of Acts tell stories of Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians The most comprehensive volume ever produced in defense of the Gospels and Acts   The four Gospels and the book of Acts tell stories of Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians have argued that the Bible is a book of legends, myths, and historical inaccuracies—just another example of human religious endeavor. In this volume, four world-class New Testament scholars address challenges to the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. In order to identify the most important challenges, the authors drew from the literature of skeptics and New Testament critics, plus they included questions that many Christians ask as well. The result is the most comprehensive defense of the Gospels and Acts that has ever been published.   The primary purpose of the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible is to equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings. It is designed for use by general readers, though scholars will find it a probing and welcome resource as well. A secondary purpose is to encourage awareness and discussion of Bible difficulties that are not commonly mentioned from the pulpit or even the seminary lectern.   This is not a verse-by-verse commentary. The authors were provided an index that identified verses known to be relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. They restricted their comments to these verses, plus any others that they recognized as germane to the aims of this project. Typically, each commentary note begins by stating the challenge or challenges regarding the text at hand. We attempt to state the case in all its potency, as a critic would state it. This approach takes seriously the critical viewpoint and helps ensure that the reader feels the full weight of the challenge. The contributors take each challenge seriously and seek to describe viable solutions that support faith and align with a high view of Scripture.

30 review for The Gospels and Acts (The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible)

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Kight

    The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible (HACB) is an ambitious commentary series that looks to interact with the various shades of contemporary challenges to the Bible and the biblical worldview. The primary purpose of the HACB is to equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings (p. 1). This series is designed to be used primarily by general readers such as pastors, students, and laymen. Although scholars and teachers will The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible (HACB) is an ambitious commentary series that looks to interact with the various shades of contemporary challenges to the Bible and the biblical worldview. The primary purpose of the HACB is to equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings (p. 1). This series is designed to be used primarily by general readers such as pastors, students, and laymen. Although scholars and teachers will be certain to welcome the series considering the lineup for the inaugural volume, The Gospels and Acts, which includes, Michael Wilkins on Matthew, Craig Evans on Mark, Darrell Bock on Luke and Acts, and Andreas Köstenberger on John. The content of the present volume is superb and unparalleled among apologetic literature written in the defense of the Gospels and Acts. Still there are at least two things that should be noted about the commentary. First, this is not a traditional verse-by-verse commentary. According to the General Editor, Jeremy Royal Howard, “the authors were provided an index that identified verses known to be relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. They restricted their comments to these verses, plus any others that they recognized as germane to the aims of this project” (p. 6). Second, the comments on each passage are concise and specific, and may result in the reader being unsatisfied and wishing another perspective or topic was addressed (i.e. there is no discussion surrounding the Islamic argument against the deity of Jesus from Matthew 21:18-22 or Mark 11:12-14). But at roughly 800 pages, this will be few and far between. Typically, the comments are narrowly aimed at specific issues related to apologetics or biblical reliability, which is stated at the offset of the comment, though some passages may require multiple issues to be addressed and are treated accordingly. Overall the reader will be very pleased with the HACB The Gospels and Acts. It sets out to accomplish a much-needed task in our post-postmodern context, and it delivers tremendously. If I had to make any suggestions it would be the addition of a cross-reference system to identify parallel passages to point the reader to other entries that may address the topic(s) from a different angle. Although the Subject Index (pp. 789-796) provides the reader with a wealth of navigational insight for the various topics covered and where they can be found in the volume. One of the most exciting things about our present day is the breadth of biblical commentaries available to the average reader. What this has done in our current context is force scholars and publishers to think outside of the box as they survey the landscape of biblical commentaries to construct new projects that better serve specific needs of the contemporary reader. It is within this reality that The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible: The Gospels and Acts should find a welcome place on the shelf of every pastor, teacher, student, and layman. I received this book for free from B&H Academic for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    A very nice idea (with some top scholars) but unfortunately, not executed as well as I had hoped and expected. Evans, Wilkins, Bock and Kostenberger all do a good job handling the text but I find at time they don't tackle certain passages as thoroughly as one would hope. It is a commentary on selected verse, not every verse which is understandable as it is an apologetic commentary. Theologically it is solid, but again, I feel it lacks in not going as in depth on certain passages. Definitely has so A very nice idea (with some top scholars) but unfortunately, not executed as well as I had hoped and expected. Evans, Wilkins, Bock and Kostenberger all do a good job handling the text but I find at time they don't tackle certain passages as thoroughly as one would hope. It is a commentary on selected verse, not every verse which is understandable as it is an apologetic commentary. Theologically it is solid, but again, I feel it lacks in not going as in depth on certain passages. Definitely has some excellent insights though. All in all, I would give it a 3 out of 5. But I will say though, when it gets as in depth as it should, it is very solid!

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