Yesterday afternoon I found a special present on my front porch: a new copy of John Stott’s The Message of Acts in The Bible Speaks Today commentary series. This is an very good commentary on Acts. D. A. Carson, in the 6th edition of his New Testament Commentary Survey, has characterized Stott’s “modelling of the move from exegesis to exposition is sans pareil” [i.e. without parallel, incomparable]” (Carson, New Testament Commentary Survey, 6th ed. [Grand Rapids: Baker Acagemic, 2006], p. 81). I first read this book in 1994 and have consulted it pretty regularly since.
As you can see, my first copy has experienced some wear and tear. This is the first I can recall ever re-buying a book because I had completely worn it out. I have purchased other books because I have given my first copy away, or have lost one, or when someone has borrowed one (there are a host of books that I have “loaned” out to people… some have been loaned out for about 20 years!).
I am very eager to re-read this wonderful book as I prepare a series of teachings for our community from the book of Acts in a couple of weeks. I have a stack of books on Acts that I will be reading as well:
Ben Witherington’s The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998). This is a massive commentary from one of my graduate professors.
Darrell Bock’s Acts in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007). Bock is one of the leading scholars on Luke, the author of Acts.
David Peterson’s The Acts of the Apostles in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009). One of the most recent major treatments on Acts.
I. Howard Marshall and David Peterson, editors, Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998). This is a collection of articles on theological issues/themes in Acts with contributions from all the above mentioned as well as many more.
I am very eager to dig into this unique and valuable book of the New Testament!