Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles
Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles

in Cistercian Studies Series

by Bede the Venerable

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Pages 214
Publisher Cistercian Publications
Published 11/1/1989
ISBN-13 9780879079178
In his monastery in a remote corner of Europe, the grandson of Anglo-Saxon pagans quietly spent his life studying and writing, passing the wisdom of christian antiquity on to generations of latin readers. And in the process, this most learned and the least proud of men came to be acknowledged as a Doctor of the Church.
Bede's commentary on the Book of Acts is one of his earliest exegetical works (usually dated between 709 and 710) and one of his most popular and influential. None of the Latin Fathers of the Church had written a commentary on this book, and those which existed in Greek were unlikely to have been known in the West. Bede became the authority on Acts for countless subsequent students of Scripture.


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A.E. Carnehl A.E. Carnehl March 18, 2015
This is an essential work for any student of the Acts of the Apostles. Bede was a genius and a careful interpreter. He quotes from the Fathers (including Arator, a sixth century sub-deacon) and usually interprets passages allegorically. This commentary fills a significant gap by showing how Christians for the first thousand years received, interpreted, and valued the Book of Acts. I used this work to supplement modern Acts commentaries at a college Bible study, and the students were always intrigued by and appreciative of Bede's profound moral and spiritual insights. There are three extant commentaries on Acts from the ancient Church: this one by Bede (710), a collection of 55 homilies on Acts by John Chrysostom (first mentioned by Cassiodorus in 514), and the verse by verse commentary by Arator (544).