I have great respect for David Peterson. His book Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship is one of my favorites. I’ve also learned from and enjoyed many of his journal articles. Now, Justin at Between Two Worlds points out that Peterson is the author of a new commentary: The Acts of the Apostles in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series. I don’t buy alot of commentaries, but this one will probably end up on my wish list.
Justin later quotes Blomberg concerning interpreting Acts in a post called “Blomberg: An Axiom on Applying Acts“:
Unlike the epistles, [Acts] gives few formal commands. Even though four Gospels, with their emphasis on Jesus’ ethical instruction, have more explicitly didactic material than Acts. Most of its contents simply present various vignettes involving the characters Luke chooses to highlight. Subsequent readers frequently find themselves asking,
- “What is normative?”
- “What is a positive example to emulate or a negative one to avoid?” Or,
- “Are certain events included for other reasons–perhaps just because they happened and remained important for explaining developments in the fledgling church?”
One fundamental hermeneutical axiom in answer these questions is to distinguish  consistent patterns of behavior from multiple contexts within the books (and within the rest of the New Testament more generally) and  patterns that vary from one context to the next.
Luke, as narrator, can also give indirect clues by noting God’s blessing as the result of some activity–a further way of indicating its exemplary nature. – From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation (p. 10)
What do think about Blomberg’s axiom?