Written as part of Scripture Union’s Bible Study Commentary series, which encourages regular, systematic personal Bible reading, this commentary is also designed as a resource manual for group study. Acts is a pivotal book in the New Testament, says Bruce, “for it provided the sequel to the Gospels and the background to the apostolic letters.” Be aware that F. F. Bruce also wrote a larger (580 pages) and more scholarly commentary on Acts as part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series. That larger book has been called “one of the best commentaries on this book of Scripture.” This e-book is a shorter and more popular commentary on Acts. It reflects both Professor Bruce’s careful study of Acts as well as his passion for proclaiming the Bible as God’s guide for our lives.
“If it is pointed out that we hear no more in the New Testament about Matthias, it must also be pointed out that we hear no more of any of the twelve apart from Peter, James and John.” (Acts 1:12–26)
“THOUGHT: Jesus’ coming again, like his departure from earth, is a manifestation of the glory of God. In what ways should knowledge of the Lord’s return influence the way you live?” (Acts 1:1–11)
“Jewish Christians had not only the background of Israel’s ancestral faith, but also, in Israel’s ancestral law, they had the basis of sound morality. The admission of so many converts from paganism, who had no such background or basis, was likely, they feared, to lower the church’s ethical standard. What would be the surest safeguard against this danger? According to several Jewish Christians there was one simple way: those Gentile converts must be taught to keep the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:1–5)
“Their estimate of them as ‘uneducated, common men’ (4:13) does not suggest that they were illiterate, but that they were untrained laymen. The source of their eloquence and ability to handle scripture was no mystery. Their judges took account of the fact that they had been Jesus’ close companions and recognised that they had proved themselves apt pupils (4:13).” (Acts 4:13–22)
F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was known worldwide as the "dean of evangelical scholarship"—a reputation earned by a lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and writing. Trained in classics at the University of Aberdeen and Cambridge University, he taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, and Sheffield before serving for nearly twenty years as the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote many outstanding commentaries and books, including Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free; Israel and the Nations; New Testament History; The Books and the Parchments: How We Got Our English Bible; Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament; and The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.