This is a fresh analysis of the ""Acts of the Apostles"". New Testament scholars often proceed with their work as if their methods and areas of inquiry were predetermined. This work provides three important services for New Testament study, and ""Acts"" scholarship in particular. First, the work surveys contemporary ""Acts"" scholarship on two important topics of the day: the genre of ""Acts"" and issues of wealth and poverty in ""Luke-Acts"". Second, this volume provides a careful analysis of the process of interpretation and calls for greater self-awareness among critical readers of ""Acts"". Third, this book urges scholars to open themselves to new and broader areas of inquiry in the study of ""Acts"". Anyone interested in the New Testament, Christian origins, or the early church will benefit from this study of the ""Acts of the Apostles"".
Thomas E. Phillips is professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University and cochair of the section on Acts at the Society of Biblical Literature. He earned his Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University and is the author of Reading Issues of Wealth and Poverty in Luke-Acts (2001) and Contemporary Studies in Acts (2009). He is also the editor of Acts and Ethics (2005) and the coeditor of Literary Studies in Luke-Acts (1998).