I received the Baker Academic catalog today and noticed the announcement for a new Commentary from Craig Keener. That Keener might write a commentary on Acts is not a surprise, his commentaries on John (Hendrickson) and Matthew (Eerdmans) are excellent, and I very much look forward to his contribution to Acts.
What surprised me is this: the first volume is 1,080 pages and is sub-titled “Introduction and 1:1-2:47”. Just over 1000 pages and he makes it through chapter 2! The entire project willbe four volumes, so Keener will have about 4,000 pages on the book of Acts before he is finished. By contrast, E. M. Blaiklock’s Tyndale Commentary on Acts was 197 pages for the whole book. Keener’s John commentary is extremely detailed and well-researched, so I am looking forward to watching this massive set develop over the next few years.
Volume one is due July 2012 from Baker. Look for a full review on this blog in the fall.