Acts

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Acts if the fifth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to Luke the Gentile physician and companion of Paul. Acts is Luke’s follow-up book to his gospel. In Acts Luke aims to record the early years of the Church, including his challenges and expansion. Commentaries on Acts often address the theme of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the early church, the early Christians missionary efforts in Jerusalem and throughout the Mediterranean World.

The Acts of the Apostles (PNTC) by David G. Peterson

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Acts; " reflects careful work across the gamut of integral disciplines: text criticism, grammatical exegesis, historical considerations, literary criticism, and, above all, robust theological reflection"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Acts
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an outstanding commentary for pastors and teachers"

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Acts (BECNT) by Darrell Bock

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Acts; "a thorough and competent commentary"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Acts
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Acts; "outstanding"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an excellent and clear commentary"

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Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (four vol.) by Craig S. Kenner

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Acts

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Acts (NIVAC) by Ajith Fernando

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a clear exposition with helpful application"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Acts

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Acts (TNTC) by I. Howard Marshall

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a brief exposition for pastors and scholars"
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Acts; "simple to read without being simplistic in content"

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The Acts of the Apostles (SRC) by Ben Witherington III

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Acts; "very good indeed...his 'socio-rhetorical' approach is particularly suited to this sort of biblical book"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Acts; "a large amount of information in this commentary that is not found in others"

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The Book of the Acts (NICNT) by F.F. Bruce

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a lucid commentary"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 commentary on Acts; "one of the best commentaries on this book of Scripture"

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Acts (NAC) by John B. Polhill

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "invaluable and clear exposition for pastors and scholars"

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Acts (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

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Acts (ZECNT) by Eckhard Schnabel

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Acts; "very accessible, clearly written, and very strong on the theme of mission and on Greco-Roman history and sources"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Acts

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Acts (two vol,; ICC) by C.K. Barrett

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a technical commentary for research purposes"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Acts; "for students and pastors needing to look at every aspect of the text, it is invaluable"

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Acts (REBC) by Richard Longenecker

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Acts
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful and brief exposition for the busy pastor"

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The Message of Acts (BST) by John Stott

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Acts (St. Andrews) by R.C. Sproul

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Acts (two volumes; MNTC) by John MacArthur

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The Book of Acts by C. Peter Wagner

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Acts (AB) by Jospeh A. Fitzmyer

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a concise and clear commentary"

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Acts (Interpretation) by William H. Willimon

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Acts (two volumes; For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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