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Luke-Acts

Understanding the Books of the Bible

by Christopher R. Smith

Luke-Acts
paperback
  • Length: 132 pages
  • Published: July 20, 2011
  •  Out of Print
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5807-1
  • Item Code: 5807
  • Case Quantity: 32

This study guide will take individuals or groups through Luke and Acts in 32 sessions that correspond with their natural parts. Readers will discover that these books are actually the two parts of a single story that tells how the community of Jesus' followers began with his life and ministry and then spread around the world. The readings and discussion will help them recognize the ways God is still working today and how they can be part of what God is doing.

The Understanding the Books of the Bible series helps readers understand the biblical story by not only talking about what the authors wrote, but also how they wrote. Quite often, recognizing whether a passage is poetry, proverb, or history and discerning how the author built his book will unlock its meaning for today's reader. Instead of following artificial chapter and verse divisions, these Bible study guides lead groups through whole books following their natural outlines, and pose engaging questions for discussion and personal application all along the way.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an author and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years in Massachusetts, Ontario and Michigan and is now a volunteer campus staff member with Graduate InterVarsity at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He was one of the translators for The Voice Bible. Smith has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College. He has taught visiting, adjunct and extension courses at Williams College, Regent College and the Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College). His articles have appeared in professional journals such as Novum Testamentum, New Testament Studies and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, in periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and on websites such as The High Calling of Our Daily Work.

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