Sunday, March 29, 2015


Acts (EP Study Commentaries)Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guy Prentiss Waters is a professor at RTS Jackson and is the author of a new commentary on Acts from EP Books.  A Study Commentary on The Acts of the Apostles is a volume written for pastors and interested lay people.  You do not have to be a scholar to read this volume and reap the benefits found within.

Waters’ volume is conservative and Reformed.  Waters is a confessional Presbyterian who ministers in the PCA and teaches at a Reformed seminary.  His commentary will offer no surprises with those facts in mind.

The format of this commentary is exposition and application.  Waters explains the text, giving background and context, and then proceeds to illustrate how the truths presented effect the life of the reader.

This volume is written from the perspective that the Scriptures are the word of God and present actual history.  While it is necessary to be knowledgeable of historical criticism, it is nice to find a work that is written with the purpose of believers learning the Scriptures better and applying its truths.

A fun surprise was the fact that it is not too heavily footnoted. Since this is not meant to be an academic treatise, you are not bogged down with a deluge of external material.  

The tone of the work is devotional, not academic.  With that being said, it is not surface either.  Waters digs in order to edify the believer, not to impress the scholar.  There is not a ton of original language, but there is some.  There is not a ton of 2nd temple culture and whatnot, but there is some.

There is depth in this volume but Waters doesn’t dive into the deep end simply for the fact of showing off his lung capacity.  When Waters wades into the deep end, there is a reason.  And he guides the reader there and back.  This is a volume on Acts that all readers will benefit from and enjoy greatly.

I received a review copy of this book through Cross Focused Reviews.

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