Colin J. Hemer’s The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History is on sale for $1.99 as part of Logos’s free book of the month. If you have any interest in the historicity of Acts you should buy this book. The book normally sells for $50 on Logos.
Of the New Testament books, Acts contains the most obvious ties to its cultural and historical context. But until very recently, most twentieth-century authors have bypassed discussion of the relation of Acts to the world and history around it. In this book, Colin Hemer examines various strands of interlocking historical data—ranging from the epistles of Paul to records of the corn fleet that sailed from Alexandria. The wealth of new literary, epigraphic, and papyrological data brings fresh light to numerous details as well as to the central question of Luke’s conception of Paul’s visit to Jerusalem. The result is a broader understanding of the Hellenistic world in general and a greater appreciation for Acts as a coherent and consistent product of its day.