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The Acts of the Apostles (Daily Study Bible (Westminster Hardcover)) Hardcover – December 1, 1976


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  • Series: Daily Study Bible (Westminster Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Revised edition (December 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664213065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664213060
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Barclay (1907-1978) is known and loved by millions worldwide as one of the greatest Christian teachers of modern times. His insights into the New Testament, combined with his vibrant writing style, have delighted and enlightened readers of all ages for over half a century. He served for most of his life as Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, and wrote more than fifty books--most of which are still in print today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Barclays explanation of the scriptures is very clear and helpful.
Karen Carnahan
We are using several editions of his book and it is interesting to note the subtle changes in language in this latest edition.
D. DeFreese
As a Pastor I like the lay out of this book as I prepared for Bible study or sermons.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Fox on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Format makes for easy reading as Barclay preceeds each explanation with the actual scripture verse. This commentary is ideal for individual study, teaching, or together as Bible study group members.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Momorama on April 5, 2010
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Barclay's commentaries are incredible--his knowledge of Greek as well his familiarity with the customs and traditions of the time resolve many questions.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jane R. Powell on January 4, 2007
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If you desire to understand how Christianity begun, this volume is a must. I am collecting William Barclay's books on the New Testament. I especially like the 1975-76 publication. Incidentally, Barclay gives background information on the the life and times of the these apostles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norman L. Martin on April 4, 2013
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I ordered for my kindle The Book Of Acts which is a part of the New Daily Study Bible Series. I have the New Testament set of the series but since I have a degenaration of my eyesight I ordered this Book so I could inclease the frount size.

I would have ordered the 1975 edition instead for it contains more of the comments and asides that Barclay included. Yes the 1955 first edition has some rather dated illustrations but they add to its richness. If you don't have eyesight problems I would recommend the 1975 edition if you can obtain it.

The study of the book of Acts as Barclay states is not really the acts of all the apostles. It gives insight into the beginngs of a small band of believers who took on great courage and often paid the price, but set the stage for a world wide movement.

My main difficulty of the New Daily Study Bible Series is the difficulty telling where the scripture portions leaves off and the commentary begans. I recommend the entire series to lay and clergy for study, teaching as well as sermon preparation. My wife, who is a well respected Sunday School Teacher, uses Barclay anytime she teaches the New Testament.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jo on January 14, 2013
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As an overall summation of Luke's Acts, this is one of the best. Barclay gives an in depth review and concise notes. Good for bible study groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CRL on November 24, 2012
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This is typical Barclay. He is thorough in his treatment of Acts with interesting historical background and commentary. This is a slightly altered version of what he wrote in the 1970s, but the changes are somewhat cosmetic (gender inclusion), not tampering with content. If you like Barclay's other New Testament books in this series, you will also like this one.

I have found this to be a very good study book for a group. I am in a men's Bible study that meets weekly. We read through the commentary in short chunks, then discuss. Not everyone always agrees with Barclay, but he still stimulates thought.

I have to admit I have been a Barclay fan for many years. He takes Biblical scholarship out of the academic world and shares it with us lay people in an interesting fashion. He was one of a kind. Love those Anglicans.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pestle on June 11, 2011
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This is not a scholarly exegesis. It is chatty in tone and is geared for use as life instructions for the modern reader, using Barclay's meditations on Acts as a starting point. That's fine in and of itself, as long as you know what you're ordering.

Barclay's meditations, however, are extremely slanted. He makes no distinction between historical fact, traditional interpretation, and his own thoughts. He frequently includes quotations, but does not state who he is quoting; if there were ever any references, they have not been included in this edition. He provides imaginative interpretations of the thoughts and motivation of Paul, Peter and the other persons in the book of Acts. He puts forth disputed theology and history as if it were plain fact: for instance, stating that the Jews "failed" to uphold the Covenant and were discarded by God and supplanted by the Christians, and that Simon the Magician, in chapter 8, was a charlatan whose trickery was believed by the superstitious Jews.

While these are both opinions with more than a few proponents, Barclay does poor service to the breadth of Christian scholarship when he ignores all other interpretations of the passages. The result is that the uninstructed audience for whom he is writing will come away misinformed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. McArthur on May 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Barclay books are an excellent resource for those who teach Sunday School. They provide insights beyond what one often finds in the traditional study guides for lessons.
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