At a time when many people are taking a serious interest in the Scriptures and looking for reading material to deepen their spiritual understanding of the inspired Word and broaden their knowledge of biblical scholarship, I offer this commentary on the Acts of the Apostles as an aid for students of theology and as a guide for serious readers in the hope that it will deepen their spiritual and theological insight, and bring them to a level of academic competence. I offer it also to those many preachers who wish to underpin their preaching with serious reading and to the many people who practice lectio divina and other forms of spiritual reading.
Consulting a bibliography of learned commentaries, academic monographs and technical articles on The Acts of the Apostles the general reader, preacher or student may easily feel overpowered by the vast amount of literature available so the aim of this commentary is to bring up-to-date scholarship and insight to the reader in non-technical language. I explain technical terms and translate important Greek and Hebrew words and expressions as we meet them.
Since the general reader may wish to read the book in stages, and the student may wish to consult or revise a particular section, there is an element of recapitulation throughout. For the same reason I refer to books and articles in the notes relating to each section, in addition to the bibliography at the end of the book.
Michael Mullins is a priest of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. He was director of Studies at Pontifical Irish College in Rome before becoming Professor of Scripture in St John’s college in Waterford in 1975 where he served also as Dean and President until 1998. From 1998 until 2009 he was Lecturer and Associate Professor in Sacred Scripture at Maynooth and is a visiting lecturer in the National Centre for Liturgy since 1978. He is author of Called to be Saints: christian Living in First Century Rome (Veritas, 1991), The Gospel of John (Columba Press 2003), The Gospel of Mark (Columba Press 2005), The Gospel of Matthew (Columba Press 2007), The Gospel of Luke (Columba Press 2010)