Acts Commentaries 1

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Chambers, Oswald Devotionals Click
Bob Deffinbaugh Expositional Series - evangelical Click
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Ritchie, Ron Sermon Series Click
Zeisler, Steve Sermons Series Click

JOSEPH A ALEXANDER
Acts Commentary
(1857, 1866)
(Over 1000 pages!)

James Rosscup: "This work, originally out in 1857, has proved helpful to many, though it is now far out of date as to literature commenting on Acts. For many basic details verse by verse, it still is of good value and often will help on word meaning and special problems. The fact that it was reprinted is indicative of its respected place in Acts studies." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

Spurgeon: "In all respects a work of the highest merit."

FRANK ALLEN
The Acts of the Apostles
(1931)

HENRY ALFORD
(1810-1871)
Acts Commentary
(Read Alford's fascinating brief biography
and Phil Johnson's related comments)

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament… though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (Click for his assessment of Alford)

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find this work considerably more useful than Alford's "Greek New Testament" on Acts (Click here), because in this volume he translates the Greek and Latin into English. While the "The Greek New Testament" is longer (e.g., English version of 1John = 66 pages compared to Greek version = 94 pages in part because the latter includes comments of more technical nature), the substance of the commentary is otherwise similar to that found in the "NT for English Readers".

WILLIAM ARNOT
Acts Commentary
"The Church in the House"
A Series of Lessons on the Acts of the Apostles
(1873) (569 pages)

Spurgeon writes "Intended to be read in families on Sabbath afternoons; but all who are acquainted with Dr. Arnot will know that even his simplest expositions are rich and full. He hath dust of gold." (Commenting and Commentaries) (Millennial)

Arnot's English uses words from 1800s which are sometimes difficult to understand, but the pearls abound like this snippet from Arnot's comments on Acts 1:8 - "The Spirit is like the air. The Lord breathed on His disciples, and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." We could not live our present natural life without air. The sun in the heavens would not warm us if the atmosphere were not trapped round the globe. The air is near, and the sun is distant. It is the sun's heart that sustains life; but the sun's heart could not be communicated to plants and animals without the intervention of the atmosphere. The earth is as completely dependent on air for its supply of water as for its supply of heat. The air obtains a supply from the ocean, and pours it on the dry land. Thus disciples in every age obtain grace from the Lord through the ministry of the Spirit." Amen (Page 13)

WILLIAM BARCLAY'S DAILY STUDY BIBLE
Commentary on Acts

ALBERT BARNES
Notes on the New Testament
on Acts

JOHANN BENGEL
The Critical English Testament
Commentary on Acts
Represents Combination of Bengel's Gnomon (Click here) and Comments
by more modern expositors (in brackets) to make this more usable for those who do not read Greek.(1877)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
The Acts
Joseph S Exell, Editor

JOHN CALVIN
Commentary on Acts

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Commentary on Acts

ALAN CARR
Sermons on Acts
Well Done

MATT CHANDLER
Sermons on Acts

ADAM CLARKE
Commentary on Acts

Click critique of Clarke

STEVEN COLE
Sermon Series on Acts
Recommended
Functions much like a verse by verse commentary

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Expository Notes on the book of Acts

CHARLES ELLICOTT
Commentary on the book of Acts

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE
Commentary on Acts of the Apostles
George T. Stokes
1891

DAVE GUZIK
Commentary Notes on Acts

ARNO C GAEBELEIN
The Acts of the Apostles
An Exposition
(1912)

Rosscup notes that Gaebelein "was a popular evangelical Bible teacher of the first part of the century, much like H. A. Ironside in his diligent but broad, practical expositions of Bible books. Gaebelein was premillennial and dispensational, and editor for many years of Our Hope Magazine… This is one of the best older… works on Acts and is at times helpful in studying the transitional problems. It does not involve itself with exegetical details." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

HORATIO B HACKETT
A Commentary on the Original Text
of the Acts of the Apostles
(1882) (Over 400 page)
(Revised by Alvah Hovey)

C H Spurgeon writes that "Hackett occupies the first position among commentators upon the Acts." (Commenting and commentaries lectures) (Note: This 1882 revised, illustrated edition removes much of the original Greek text which makes this classic nineteenth work on Acts much more "user friendly." See Alvah Hovey's comments on what was revised in Hackett's original text).

JAMES HASTINGS
Sermons on Acts
Great Texts of the Bible

MATTHEW HENRY
Commentary on Acts

INTERVARSITY PRESS
Commentary on the Book of Acts
William J Larkin, Jr.

H A IRONSIDE
Commentary on Acts

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
Commentary on Acts

BELOW ARE LINKS TO THE UNABRIDGED VERSION

S. LEWIS JOHNSON
Sermons on Acts

R J KNOWLING
The Expositor's Greek Testament
The Acts of the Apostles
(~500 pages)
Introduction - 37 pages

Rosscup notes that Expositor's Greek Testament is "One of the older, much-used commentaries, which offers considerable help on Greek words, grammar, background etc. and will prove rather contributive, consulted along with newer and longer studies." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works). This work has helpful comments but knowledge of the Greek is necessary for maximum benefit.

PAUL KRETZMANN
Popular Commentary of the Bible
The Acts of the Apostles

JOHN MACARTHUR
Verse by Verse Sermons on Acts
Recommended
Functions much like a verse by verse commentary
See Note Regarding MacArthur Study Bible online

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MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES
Conservative, Evangelical
On the book of Acts

GENERAL RESOURCES ON ACTS
INCLUDING STUDY BIBLES

BIBLICAL ART

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BEST COMMENTARIES ON ACTS

JOURNAL ARTICLES

DICTIONARY ARTICLES

BIBLE.ORG

WAYNE BARGER

CROSSWAY PUBLISHING

ESV Study Bible - $15 for lifetime online access or free with print version.

ESV MacArthur Study Bible - $20 for lifetime online access

Comment: This online resource allows one to view both the MacArthur Study Bible Notes & ESV Study Bible Notes at the same time & both synchronize with the Scripture! Very nice tool but note that purchase is required. Includes online ESV audio version.

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

  • Holman Christian Standard Bible -Study Bible Notes (HCSB Study Bible) - Enter Scripture. Study notes synch with Scripture. Mouse over underlined words pops up the Greek or Hebrew word. Activate this feature by selecting the "Alpha & Omega" Icon on bar above the Scripture. The HCSB is a very well done, literal translation.

J S HOWSON

JOHN MACARTHUR

J VERNON MCGEE

HENRY MORRIS

Defender's Study Bible - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading Creationist. See Introduction to Acts Click links below and then click the note links in the right margin

NETBIBLE.ORG

  • NET Study Bible - Excellent resource, includes NETBible notes and Thomas Constable's notes that synchronize with the Scriptures.

RADIO BIBLE CLASS

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

JAMES VAN DINE

SERMONS, ETC
ON THE BOOK OF ACTS

W A CRISWELL

BRIAN BELL

JIM BORDWINE

JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

GOSPEL COALITION

DAVID HOLWICK

J DAVID HOKE

STEVE KRELOFF

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

BRYN MACPHAIL

F B MEYER

MONERGISM

PASTOR LIFE

JOHN PIPER

ROBERT RAYBURN

RON RITCHIE

DON ROBINSON

JOHN STEVENSON

DEREK THOMAS
J LIGON DUNCAN

LAURENCE W. VEINOTT

STEVE ZEISLER

MULTIPLE COMMENTARIES
ON ACTS
(Alphabetized by Author)

FRANK E. ALLEN

PAUL APPLE

JOHANN A BENGEL

JOSEPH BENSON

BRIDGEWAY

W F BURNSIDE

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE

JOHN DARBY

BOB DEWELT

JOHN DUMMELOW

EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY

WILLIAM M FURNEAUX

A C GAEBELEIN

JOHN GILL

L M GRANT

JAMES GRAY

RICHARD HAWKER

F B HOLE

BARRY HORNER

ICC

WILLIAM KELLY

LANGE'S COMMENTARY

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

J VERNON MCGEE

HEINRICH A. W. MEYER

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

Rosscup writes that this is "one of Morgan’s better commentaries and one which the student can profitably consult." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

T E PAGE

F N PELOUBET

E A PLUMPTRE

Pulpit Commentary

RICHARD RACKHAM

AREND REMMERS

JOHNNY SANDERS

PHILLIP SCHAFF

JOHN SCHULTZ

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

ACTS 1

ON SITE

BIBLE.ORG

BRIAN BELL

RAY PRITCHARD

RAY PRITCHARD

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

RAY PRITCHARD

DAVID LEGGE

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 2

LEHMAN STRAUSS

DAVID LEGGE

BRIAN BELL

ALFRED EDERSHEIM

J R MILLER

RAY PRITCHARD

W FERGUSON

BIBLE.ORG

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 3

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

W FERGUSON

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 4

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

RAY PRITCHARD

J C RYLE

RAY PRITCHARD

BIBLE.ORG

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 5

BRIAN BELL

RICHARD STRAUSS

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

DAVID LEGGE

BIBLE.ORG

ACTS 6

BRIAN BELL

HAMPTON KEATHLEY, III

RAY PRITCHARD

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 7

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

J R MILLER

ACTS 8

BRIAN BELL

RAY PRITCHARD

J R MILLER

RAY PRITCHARD

J C RYLE

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 9

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

GEORGE WHITFIELD

ACTS 10

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

ROB SALVATO

BIBLE.ORG

ACTS 11

BRIAN BELL

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 12

BRIAN BELL

BIBLE.ORG

DAVID LEGGE

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 13

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

W FERGUSON

ACTS 14

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 15

BRIAN BELL

GREG HERRICK

J R MILLER

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

RAY PRITCHARD

J C RYLE

RAY PRITCHARD

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

ROB SALVATO

BIBLE.ORG

ACTS 16

ON SITE

BRIAN BELL

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

RAY PRITCHARD

RAY PRITCHARD

JONATHAN EDWARDS

ROB SALVATO

BIBLE.ORG

ACTS 17

ON SITE

BRIAN BELL

BIBLE.ORG

RAY PRITCHARD

RONALD GOETZ

J C RYLE

JOURNAL ARTICLES

W FERGUSON

RAY PRITCHARD

RAY PRITCHARD

J C RYLE

RAY PRITCHARD

RAY PRITCHARD

RAY PRITCHARD

RAY PRITCHARD

JONATHAN EDWARDS

RAY PRITCHARD

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 18

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

RICHARD STRAUSS

DAVID LEGGE

ACTS 19

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

BIBLE.ORG

ACTS 20

ON SITE

BRIAN BELL

RAY PRITCHARD

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 21

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

BIBLE.ORG

ACTS 22

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 23

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 24

DAVID LEGGE

BRIAN BELL

JOHN MACARTHUR

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 25

BRIAN BELL

RAY PRITCHARD

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 26

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

RAY PRITCHARD

J C RYLE

GEORGE WHITFIELD

ACTS 27

BRIAN BELL

J R MILLER

ROB SALVATO

ACTS 28

BRIAN BELL

ROB SALVATO

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Sermons on Acts
Recommended

J VERNON MCGEE
Thru the Bible
The Acts of the Apostles
Mp3's Only

G CAMPBELL MORGAN
The Acts of the Apostles: Commentary
(1947) (Over 500 page)

Rosscup writes that this is "one of Morgan’s better commentaries and one which the student can profitably consult." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works).

NET BIBLE NOTES
Commentary

Comment: These are more technical notes on the New English Translation, but often yield some very useful insights.

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR
Wells of Living Water Commentary

PHIL NEWTON
Sermons on Acts
Recommended

JAMES NISBET'S CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY
Book of Acts

OUR DAILY BREAD
Devotional Illustrations
Radio Bible Class
Updated October 1, 2014

Acts Devotionals
~400 pages - there is considerable duplication
with links in following section - advantage is they are all on one page

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JOSEPH PARKER
Commentary on the Book of Acts
from The People's Bible
Recommended

The Dispensation of the Spirit

Parker writes: This may be a proper point from which to look back upon the great event which glorifies the Acts of the Apostles, name, the outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT, and to connect that event with the Ministry of Jesus Christ as well as with the development and sanctification of His Church. On considering how to conduct this part of my task I have decided to reprint the portion of my book entitled "The Paraclete", which specially deals with this sublime section of sacred history, and I feel the less hesitation about this course as the book is out of print and is frequently inquired for.

ARTHUR PEAKE
Commentary on Acts

PETER PETT'S COMMENTARY
on the Book of Acts

JOHN PIPER
Sermons on Acts

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MATTHEW POOLE COMMENTARY
The Acts of the Apostles

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
The Acts of the Apostles
Explanatory Notes, Homilies,
Various Authors
1896

PULPIT COMMENTARY
The Acts of the Apostles
Exposition and Homilies
Edited by H. D. M. Spence and Joseph S. Exell
Acts 1 Pulpit Commentary Homiletics - click arrow to go to next chapter

Rosscup - "Many authors contributed to this work that had the aim of giving preachers material on introduction, verse by verse exposition, a section on homiletics, and a section of collected homilies (outlines, etc.) by various preachers, which can stimulate thought. It moves through one small section of Bible verses after another." (Rosscup, J. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

RICHARD RACKHAM
The Acts of the Apostles: An Exposition
1904 (655pages)

Rosscup writes "This is a very good though at times terse commentary from the standpoint of Greek and, historical background. Rackham was conservative but amillennial. Verse by verse he often offers good help, and he has addenda on topics such as breaking of bread, Sadducees and Pharisees, etc." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

A. T. ROBERTSON
Word Pictures on Acts
Notes on original Greek text

DON ROBINSON
Sermons on Acts (51)
Plus a 27 Part Study Series on Acts

Study of the Book of Acts

Sermon Bible Commentary
Acts

SERMONS
Acts
Verse by Verse
To Go to Next Verse Click Arrow

CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on Acts
Horae Homileticae

John Piper says that Horae Homileticae "is the best place to go for researching Simeon's theology. You can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible. He did not want to be labeled a Calvinist or an Arminian. He wanted to be Biblical through and through and give every text its due proportion, whether it sounded Arminian as it stands or Calvinistic. But he was known as an evangelical Calvinist, and rightly so. As I have read portions of his sermons on texts concerning election and effectual calling and perseverance he is uninhibited in his affirmation of what we would call the doctrines of grace… What Simeon experienced in the word was remarkable. And it is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at." (See his short discussion on Simeon's life = Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering) (Bolding added)

CHUCK SMITH
Sermons on Acts

C H SPURGEON
All of His Sermons on Acts

C H SPURGEON
Sermon Notes on Acts

C H SPURGEON
Devotionals on Acts
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

RAY STEDMAN
Sermon Series - Expository Studies in Acts:
Where the Action Is/The Church Under Pressure/The Pattern Setters/The Prisoner of the Lord
Recommended

  • Acts: An Unfinished Story
  • Acts Expository Studies - Another Source
  • Acts 1:1-14 Out Of The Shadows
  • Acts 1:15-2:4 The Birthday Of The Church
  • Acts 1:8-11 The Ascension of Christ
  • Acts 2-16 The True Gift of Tongues
  • Acts 2:5-21 What Is This?
  • Acts 2:22-37 Jesus The Christ
  • Acts 2:37-47 The Young Church
  • Acts 3:1-10 Power To Heal
  • Acts 3:11-26 By Faith In His Name
  • Acts 4:1-14 The Radical Resurrection
  • Acts 4:13-31 When The Establishment Is Wrong
  • Acts 4:32-5:11 Body Life
  • Acts 5:12-42 Confrontation!
  • Acts 6:1-8 Handling Dissension
  • Acts 6:8-8:1 What More Can He Say?
  • Acts 8:1-24 The Gospel Versus Magic
  • Acts 8:25-40 The Divine Wind
  • Acts 9:1-19 Beloved Enemy
  • Acts 9:19-31 The Yoke Of Christ
  • Acts 9:32-10:23 The Cure For Death
  • Acts 10:23-11:18 Life For All
  • Acts 10:34-44 When All Else Fails… Read the Directions
  • Acts 11:19-30 Expanding Horizons
  • Acts 12:1-25 When Prison Doors Open
  • Acts 13:1-13 The Strategy Of The Spirit
  • Acts 13:13-52 The Radical Word
  • Acts 14:1-28 Counterattack
  • Acts 15:1-21 What's God Doing?
  • Acts 15:22-16:10 The Ways God Guides
  • Acts 16:11-40 D-Day At Philippi
  • Acts 17:1-15 Rabble and Nobles
  • Acts 17:16-34 Athens Versus Paul
  • Acts 18:1-22 The Cross In Corinth
  • Acts 18:23-19:7 Halfway Christians
  • Acts 19:8-20 Off Witchcraft!
  • Acts 19:21-20:1 Christianity Is Dangerous
  • Acts 19:8-20 Off Witchcraft!
  • Acts 20:2-38 Last Words
  • Acts 21:1-26 Paul's Mistake
  • Acts 21:27-22:29 Trouble At Jerusalem
  • Acts 22:30-23:35 Love That Never Lets Go
  • Acts 24 Discipline Of Delay
  • Acts 25-26 Before Governors And Kings
  • Acts 27 God And Shipwrecks
  • Acts 28 The End Of The Beginning
  • JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE
    Commentary on the Book of Acts

    JOHN TRAPP
    Commentary on the Book of Acts

    DANIEL WHEDON
    Commentary on the Book of Acts

    MARVIN VINCENT
    New Testament Word Studies
    On the Book of Acts

    THIRD MILLENNIUM
    Study Notes on the Book of Acts

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