Dr. Barry J. Beitzel is professor emeritus of Old Testament and semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies from Dropsie University in Philadelphia. He obtained a postdoctorate in ancient Near Eastern geography from the Universite de Liege, Belgium, and has engaged in postdoctoral archaeological work through UCLA in eastern Syria. Dr. Beitzel is the author of The New Moody Atlas of the Bible. His publications on Near Eastern geography have appeared in a variety of monographs and journals, from Biblical Archaeology Review and The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research to Iraq: The British Institute for the Study of Iraq.
What a resource! Whether you study the Bible, teach or preach it, or are planning to do a movie where you need to understand how people lived, the Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation is a treasure trove of information about first century life. This is up to date and full of detail that not only will inform you but fascinate you as well. Just very well done. --Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary
Most New Testament professors are at best amateurs when it comes to geography and archaeology and for many of us the geographical information is inaccessible, but the Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation brings it all together. Just what Bible readers, pastors, and professors need! An abundance of images, excellent scholarly descriptions and narratives, and first-rate scholarship all bundled into an accessible format. I will not study any from Acts to Revelation without having this volume at my side. --Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
The Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation is a worthy sequel to the award-winning Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels. Over fifty entries by a range of scholars offer valuable insight into the geographical, social, and historical context of the book of Acts, the New Testament letters, and Revelation. An incredible amount of information that enables students better to understand the New Testament is available in this volume. Interspersed throughout are photographs, illustrations, and maps that enable the reader better to grasp the points being made in the text. --Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College
This volume fills a glaring lacuna in commentary literature by providing an in-depth and up-to-date discussion of the growth of the early Christian movement within its geographical contexts. Not only does it illuminate the reading of a vast number of biblical passages, it also bridges the gap between the subdisciplines of human and physical geography in presenting a strong case for the proper recognition of geography as a significant hermeneutical category. In so doing, it enriches our understanding of the nature of God's redemptive history that unfolds within a particular space and time. Biblical scholars and theologians alike have much to learn from this volume. --David W. Pao, Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Geography and history are important! The Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation shows how they provide the framework for New Testament events and writings, and it gives discussions and insight that do not appear in most commentaries. The pictures of places and archaeologically significant data are very helpful, as are the bibliographical resources accompanying the articles. A quite helpful tool! --Klyne R. Snodgrass, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, North Park Theological Seminary