First published in 1954, F. F. Bruce’s volume on the Book of Acts in the NICNT series has stood as a standard commentary on Acts. In keeping with the effort to be faithful to the description “new” in the series title, however, Bruce undertook a thorough revision of this commentary before his death in 1990.
Expanded and fully updated, this volume now reflects the best elements of recent notable contributions to the study of Luke-Acts as well as the author’s own deepened understanding gained from years of further reflection on the text. Whereas the first edition used the text of the American Standard Version of 1901, this revision is based on Bruce’s own fresh translation of the Greek text. The result is a work that makes transparent the walls between the first and the twentieth centuries and enables readers to hear not only the voice of Luke but the Word of God.
“A major theme of the speech is its insistence that the presence of God is not restricted to any one land or to any material building.” (Page 130)
“Ananias, in the effort to gain a reputation for greater generosity than he had actually earned, tried to deceive the believing community, but in trying to deceive the community he was really trying to deceive the Holy Spirit, whose life-giving power had created the community and maintained it in being.” (Page 105)
“The implication of Luke’s words is that his second volume will be an account of what Jesus continued10 to do and teach after his ascension—no longer in visible presence on earth but by his Spirit in his followers.” (Page 30)
“This pooling of property could be maintained voluntarily only when their sense of spiritual unity was exceptionally active. As soon as the flame began to burn a little lower, the attempt to maintain the communal life was beset with serious difficulties.” (Page 74)
“The extension of the good news in the power of the Spirit is the theme of Acts.” (Page 30)
This is a learned, informative, critical, and eminently readable commentary which no one should overlook.
—C. K. Barrett, professor emeritus of divinity, University of Durham, England
Like the forty or so books that have previously come from Bruce’s pen, this is a definitive work which even those who already own the first edition would do well to acquire.
—Bruce M. Metzger, professor emeritus of New Testament language and literature, Princeton University
Marked by meticulous scholarship, lucidity of expression, and a sound historical sense. This [revised] commentary looks set to serve a new generation of readers . . . as the first edition did in its time.
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.