Pastor’s Bookshelf: Acts of the Apostles

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Acts of the Apostles April 17, 2009

StLuke.jpgThere was a time, and not that long ago, that more than one good commentary on Acts was hard to find. There were some old ones, and FF Bruce’s two (very different) commentaries were consulted, but it ended there. But not now. There are some golden gems. I begin with FF Bruce because he was the first one I read:

F.F. Bruce, The Book of the Acts (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
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But I don’t go to him first anymore. I now began with C.K. Barrett’s 2-volume, meticulously-researched ICC volumes: Acts 1-14, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles (International Critical Commentary), Volume 1
, which has a one-volume condensation: Acts of the Apostles: A Shorter Commentary (International Critical Commentary)
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Then I go to J.A. Fitzmyer’s volume in the Anchor Bible Commentary:The Acts of the Apostles (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)
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Then I go to Ben Witherington: The Acts of the Apostles : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
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Then I consult Jimmy Dunn’s small, but very useful, commentary: The Acts of the Apostles (Epworth Commentary)
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Finally, I now will be consulting R. Pervo’s Hermeneia commentary: ACTS: A Commentary (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible)
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