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Exegetical and theological presuppositions in nineteeth-century american commentaries on Acts

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American commentaries on Acts in the nineteenth century provide a valuable window into early critical biblical scholarship in the United States. The work of these early commentators illustrates on the one hand, how German scholarship found an audience in the United States and on the other, shows that the American clergy and academics felt that they had a contribution to make to this developing scholarly conversation. Perhaps because these Americans joined a scholarly conversation that was already underway, many of their methods are conventional, drawing on philological resources and comparative historical resources to ?lead out? the meaning of Acts. This chapter examines seven nineteenth-century American Acts commentaries. The American commentators it considers are: Albert Barnes (1798?1870), Alexander Campbell (1788?1866), Henry J. Ripley (1798?1875), Joseph Addison Alexander (1809?1860), H. B. Hackett (1808?1875), Lyman Abbott (1835?1922), and J. W. McGarvey (1829?1911).

Keywords: Albert Barnes; Alexander Campbell; American Acts commentaries; American clergy; biblical scholarship; German scholarship; H. B. Hackett; Henry J. Ripley; Joseph Addison Alexander



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