Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by Richard Belward Rackham

Richard Belward Rackham [1863-1912], The Acts of the Apostles. An Exposition, 10th edn., 1925

Richard Belward Rackham’s commentary on Acts is written from a conservative viewpoint, focusing on the Greek text and historical background. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy for digitisation.

Richard Belward Rackham [1863-1912], The Acts of the Apostles. An Exposition, 10th edn., 1925. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1901. Hbk. pp.524. [Click to visit the Acts page for the download link for this title and other resources on this book]

Table of Contents

  1. The Book
  2. The Author
  3. The Composition of Acts
  4. The History of the Acts
  5. The Theology of the Acts
  6. The Church and Ministry in the Acts
  • The Analysis of the Acts
  • Chronological Table
  • Addenda
  • Commentary
  • Index
  • Map of the Eastern Mediterranean

Preface

The form of this commentary upon The Acts of the Apostles requires some words of explanation. Instead of breaking up the comment into disjointed notes, an attempt has been made to give a continuous interpretation which the reader can read straight on without interruption, just as he would read the book of The Acts itself. The aim has been simply to ascertain the meaning of the original text and to add the necessary information. Thus the commentary is practically a paraphrase of The Acts, in which the words of the text commented upon are distinguished by being printed in italics, and such general information or discussion as is required from time to time is inserted in the paraphrase fu separate paragraphs: further illustration which the reader can leave on one side is relegated to footnotes. If, however, this method on the one hand aims at consulting the reader’s convenience, on the other it is liable to err on the side of length and repetition, from which faults this commentary can hardly claim to be free.

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Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in 2 Volumes – Thomas M. Lindsay

Thomas M. Lindsay [1802-1866], The Acts of the Apostles with Introduction, Notes and Maps, Volume 1This is Thomas Martin Lindsay’s 2 Volume commentary on Acts. Lindsay is best known for his writings on the Reformation (see here and here for some examples).

My thanks to Book Aid for making these public domain works available for digitisation.

Thomas M. Lindsay [1802-1866], The Acts of the Apostles with Introduction, Notes and Maps, Volume 1. Chapters I-XII. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1884]. Hbk. pp.143. [Click here to visit the download page]

Thomas M. Lindsay [1802-1866], The Acts of the Apostles with Introduction, Notes and Maps, Volume 2. Chapters XIII-XXVIII. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1884]. Hbk. pp.165. [Click here to visit the download page]

Introduction

In the more important MSS. of the New Testament, the title ls not ” The Acts of the Apostles,” but “Acts of Apostles,” and in one very important MS., the Sinaitic, the book is called simply “Acts.” These titles describe the book much better; it does not contain all the acts, nor even the principal acts of all the Apostles, but only a few selected deeds of some of the Apostles. It is a record of Apostolic Acts, not of the Acts of the Twelve Apostles. In this respect, the book may be fitly compared to the Gospels. They are not, nor do they pretend to be, a complete record of that Life of untiring activity which found “no leisure so much as to eat” (Mark vi. 31). They were written that the readers “might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God….