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The Acts of the Apostles: A Newly Discovered Commentary
Witherington III, Ben and Todd D. Still, editors

Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014 pp. 397. $30.72

Series Information
Lightfoot Legacy Set


Description: InterVarsity Press is proud to present The Lightfoot Legacy, a three-volume set of previously unpublished material from J. B. Lightfoot, one of the great biblical scholars of the modern era. In the spring of 2013, Ben Witherington III discovered hundreds of pages of biblical commentary by Lightfoot in the Durham Cathedral Library. While incomplete, these commentaries represent a goldmine for historians and biblical scholars, as well as for the many people who have found Lightfoot's work both informative and edifying, deeply learned and pastorally sensitive. Among those many pages were two sets of lecture notes on the Acts of the Apostles. Together they amount to a richly detailed, albeit unfinished, commentary on Acts 1-21. The project of writing a commentary on Acts had long been on Lightfootís mind, and in the 1880s he wrote an article about the book for the second British edition of William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible. Thankfully, that is not all he left behind. Now on display for all to see, these commentary notes reveal a scholar well ahead of his time, one of the great minds of his or any generation. Well over a century later, The Acts of the Apostles remains a relevant and significant resource for the church today.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature

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Review by D. A. Carson
Published 6/7/2018
Citation: D. A. Carson, review of Ben Witherington III and Todd D. Still, eds., The Acts of the Apostles: A Newly Discovered Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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