Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 14:2 (Fall 2017)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

[Electronic Edition Editor’s Note: The footnotes in the print edition restarted with each individual book review. In this edition they have simply been numbered consecutively. The original numbers have been retained within the body of the footnote text.]

Acts: A New Vision of the People of God. By Gerald L. Stevens. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016. 690 pages. Paperback, $72.00.

Gerald L. Stevens is professor of New Testament and Greek at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a MDiv and PhD. He has taught at his alma mater since 1988. Prior to writing Acts: A New Vision of the People of God, he authored or edited five books: New Testament Greek Primer (1994), New Testament Greek Workbook (1994), New Testament Greek Intermediate: From Morphology to Translation (2008), Essays on Revelation: Appropriating Yesterday’s Apocalypse in Today’s World (2011), and Revelation: The Past and Future of John’s Apocalypse (2014).1

Acts: A New Vision of the People of God consists of three parts:

1. Thematic Analysis: Thematic Foundation of Characters and Plot

2. Narrative Analysis 1: The Spirit Empowers Messianic Israel (Acts 1-12)

3. Narrative Analysis 2: The Spirit Empowers World Mission (Acts 13-28)

Parts 2 and 3 mirror Stevens’s outline of the Book of Acts.

I. The Spirit Empowers Messianic Israel (Acts 1-12)

A. The Spirit Empowers Messianic Israel’s Renewal (1-5)

1. Renewal Beginning (1)

2. Renewal Empowerment (2)

3. Renewal Witness (3-5)

B. The Spirit Empowers Messianic Israel’s Hellenists (6-12)

1. Hellenist Leaders Emerge (6-7)

2. Hellenist Mission Advances (8-10)

3. Hellenist Center Shifts (11-12)

II. The Spirit Empowers World Mission (Acts 13-28)

A. The Spirit Empowers World Mission Journeys (13:1-21:17)

1. 1MJ: From Cyprus to Conference (13-15...

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