The Gospel of Luke, which has been described by Ernest Renan as “the most beautiful book in the world” is the first part of a 2-volume work devoted to the life of Jesus and the opening years of the Christian church. In Luke’s Gospel, we are introduced to “everything Jesus began to do and teach” prior to his ascension. In the second volume, the book of Acts, Luke picks up the story of the years following the Ascension, showing the growth of the Christian movement and noting the stages of its expansion from Jerusalem to Rome. Luke’s perspective on the life of Jesus and the early Christian movement is vitally important for gaining a grasp of the overall message of the New Testament, and the commentary by William J. Larking and Allison A. Trites guides readers through.
William J. Larkin is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has an active ministry in adult Christian education, particularly Bible teaching. He holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham, England, and has served in various pastorates as well as being on faculty at Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions since 1975. He also served on the Bible Translation Committee for the NLT. He is also the author of the commentary on Acts in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.
Allison A. Trites served as professor of Greek and New Testament at the Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, for thirty-seven years. He has also provided leadership beyond the walls of the college, having served as president of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, chair of the Deacon's Board of the Wolfville Baptist Church, Baptist representative on the Canadian Council for Theological Education, as well as countless other volunteer positions.