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THE HOPE OF ISRAEL: The Resurrection of Christ in the Acts of the Apostles

This volume highlights the sustained focus in Acts on the resurrection of Christ, bringing clarity to the theology of Acts and its purpose. Brandon Crowe explores the historical, theological, and canonical implications of Jesus's resurrection in early Christianity and helps readers more clearly understand the purpose of Acts in the context of the New Testament canon. He also shows how the resurrection is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures. This is the first major book-length study on the theological significance of Jesus's resurrection in Acts.


The State of the Questions

"Both Lord and Christ": Peter and the Resurrection

"The Hope of Israel": Paul and the Resurrection

"I Will Rebuild the Tent of David": Other Resurrection Voices in Acts


The Resurrection and the Accomplishment of Salvation (Historia Salutis)

The Resurrection and the Experience of Salvation (Ordo Salutis)

The Resurrection as Apologia Pro Scriptura

The Resurrection and Acts in Early Christianity

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 256

Vendor: Baker Academic

Publication Date: 2020

Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)

Weight: 12 ounces

"The Hope of Israel fills a lacuna in Acts scholarship by arguing that the resurrection of Jesus is the binding theological idea in Luke-Acts. Crowe makes a compelling case for recognizing Acts' contribution to biblical theology and how it connects with other New Testament works to form a cohesive whole. Written in clear prose, this book will be of relevance to scholar and practitioner alike." --Sean Adams, University of Glasgow

"Crowe offers an approach to the resurrection of Christ in Acts that provides a hermeneutic guide for untangling a number of knotty issues in the book. First, he shows how the resurrection is 'a major artery connecting various events and passages in Acts.' Second, he explores the implications of Luke's narrative presentation of this theme for biblical and systematic theology. This is a remarkably helpful resource for reflection on the theology of Acts and its connection with the rest of Scripture." --David Peterson, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia (emeritus)

"The Hope of Israel breaks significant new ground with the comprehensive treatment it provides of the central place of Christ's resurrection in Acts. Especially valuable, marked by numerous important insights, is Crowe's substantial discussion of the theological significance of the resurrection. This book is an impressive achievement. I commend it most highly." --Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Westminster Theological Seminary (emeritus)

"With careful exegesis, informed by the salvation-historical framework of Acts, Crowe persuasively demonstrates the centrality and saving significance of the resurrection of Christ in the book of Acts. This wide-ranging study particularly highlights the resurrection of Christ as the fulfillment of the Scriptures in the theology of Acts. Comprehensive, clear, and highly recommended!" --Alan J. Thompson, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Croydon, Australia

"A most stimulating read. Crowe puts his finger on one of the most salient themes in Acts, if not the entire New Testament. The book of Acts richly demonstrates how a great deal of the history of redemption hangs on Christ's resurrection and subsequent enthronement as cosmic Lord. This crisply written project is theologically informed, exegetically sensitive, and canonically aware. No doubt Crowe's work will serve students, pastors, and scholars for years to come. Excellent work!" --Benjamin Gladd, Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Author

Brandon D. Crowe (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has written or edited several books, including The Last Adam, and is the book review editor for Westminster Theological Journal.


SGCB Price: $19.95 (list price $29.99)