Keener’s Mega-Commentary on Acts: Final Volume
Sometime back I mentioned Craig Keener’s mammoth commentary project on Acts, a work amounting to some 3 million words, he says, appearing in massive volumes over the last few years. Volume 4 has just appeared, completing the project and commenting on Acts 24:1–28:31 in 431 pages, the remainder of the volume a list of Works Cited (primary and secondary sources, 301 pages), and then indexes of subjects, authors, and ancient sources (another 370 pages): Craig Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 4: 24:1–28:31 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015). Replete with numerous endorsements, including some from those who disagree with some of his views, this volume completes what must be the largest commentary on any individual New Testament writing.
Keener’s particular interest and emphasis is on noting any possible reference in classical texts that may in one way or another help shed light on the Acts text. This is the emphasis that he has pursued in his previous commentaries on other NT writings too. But the work is foremost a commentary on Acts, and so Keener engages in the exegetical task, conducting his discussion with impressive knowledge also of other scholarly work on Acts. In the midst of trying to complete a much more modest-sized book myself, I haven’t the time now to do the perusal of Kenner’s latest volume necessary for a critical review of it. But it is surely now an important resource for any other scholar working on Acts. And Keener writes clearly and accessibly, making it possible for wider circles of serious readers/students of the NT to benefit from his work.