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The Hope of Israel

In Baker Academic, Book of Acts, Brandon D. CROWE, John Mark Tittsworth, Luke-Acts, Resurrection on December 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

2020.12.20 | Brandon D. Crowe. The Hope of Israel: The Resurrection of Christ in the Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020. pp xvi + 239. ISBN 9780801099472.

Review by John Mark Tittsworth, independent scholar. 

The Hope of Israel contains three chapters that analyze specific texts about “the resurrection in Acts” (pp. 19–102), followed by four others that synthesize the “theological significance of the resurrection in Acts” (pp. 104–93). Before all this, Crowe introduces “the state of the question” about the resurrection in the book of Acts (pp. 3–18). He notes that this topic “is widely regarded to be important for theology in Acts” (p. 13), but only few have devoted more than a few pages to the matter. Crowe engages with biblical scholarship throughout the work, but when he maps his argument onto systematic theology, he is necessarily limited. Thus, the second part of The Hope of Israel brings a biblical theology of Jesus’s resurrection in Acts into dialogue with exemplars from the Protestant Reformed tradition, such as Geerhardus Vos, Herman Bavinck, and Francis Turretin.

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