Kirsopp Lake was a monumental scholar in both New Testament and church history. He brought his expertise in both of these areas together in a 20 year long collaborative effort with F.J. Foakes-Jackson, Henry J. Cadbury, and many others to examine Acts and its relation to the earliest history of the church. The result was the present five volume work: The Beginnings of Christianity: The Acts of the Apostles. William Baird called it “the most extensive investigation of a NT book by English-speaking scholarship.” Included are two volumes of background study ranging from the background of Jewish history to the rise of Gentile Christianity. Volume three provides an extensive survey of the textual evidence for Acts by James Hardy Ropes. The last two volumes give in-depth commentary on the text of Acts.
Although Kirsopp Lake produced many definitive works, he is best known for The Beginnings of Christianity. This massive five-volume work provides near encyclopedic knowledge regarding the historical, exegetical, textual, and theological issues surrounding Acts. Enrich your library with this compendium of scholarship on Acts.
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In sum, The Beginnings of Christianity is a monumental work—the most extensive investigation of a NT book by English-speaking scholarship.
—William Baird, History of New Testament Research
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F.J. Foakes-Jackson (1855-1941), English theologian and church historian. A fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, from 1886, he was lecturer there from 1882 and dean from 1895 to 1916. From 1916 to 1934 Foakes-Jackson was Briggs professor of Christian institutions at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. His many books include Introduction to the History of Christianity, AD 590-1314, Biblical History of the Hebrews to the Christian Era, History of the Christian Church from the Earliest Times to AD 461, St. Paul, the Man and the Apostle, The Acts of the Apostles, Peter, Prince of Apostles, and A History of Church History.
Kirsopp Lake (1872-1946), noted English biblical scholar. He was curate of St. Mary the Virgin (Oxford) until 1904, when he became a professor at the Univ. of Leiden. After 1914 he was at Harvard, first as professor of early Christian literature, from 1919 to 1932 as professor of ecclesiastical history, and from 1932 to 1937 as professor of history. Lake was also interested in archaeology and participated in many expeditions. He periodically visited Mt. Sinai, Mt. Athos, and other centers of ancient culture, and in Greece he did valuable research work on old manuscripts. Among his many publications are The Earlier Epistles of St. Paul, Early Days of Monasticism on Mt. Athos, and Immortality and the Modern Mind. Some of his works are collected in the Kirsopp Lake New Testament Backgrounds Collection (5 vols.).