New Release: Acts of the Apostles

Cover ArtIn this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, William Kurz offers a close reading and explanation of the entire narrative of Acts, grounded in the original Greek but keyed to the NABRE for liturgical use.

This volume, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively.


“William Kurz, an accomplished biblical scholar, has a written a commentary on Acts that is up to date on current critical scholarship yet accessible to a wide audience of readers. Throughout the commentary one can see Kurz’s clear understanding of the relationship of Acts to the first volume by the same author, the Gospel of Luke. Kurz is always positive in dealing with problem areas of the text. This work will be especially valuable for study groups, college students, and preachers of the Word.” – Terence J. Keegan, OP, Providence College

“In this volume, Kurz provides students and pastors a rare combination of careful scholarship and pastoral insight. Kurz writes as a seasoned Lukan scholar–a pioneer in narrative criticism–and implores the Church to extend Luke’s vision concerning ‘all that Jesus began to do and teach . . . to the ends of the earth.'” – Martin Mittelstadt, Evangel University

“Kurz sees the Acts narrative not just as a coherent story about the past–our Church’s earliest moments of evangelistic mission–but also as a mirror the contemporary Church may peer into to see its deepest identity manifested within the stories of the major figures led by God to advance the Church’s mission to the ‘ends of the earth.’ It is a great service to provide a commentary that is technically pristine, theologically alert, and pastorally sensitive.” – Stephen Miletic, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“In this book, Kurz provides necessary historical and cultural background while reading the text within the Church’s tradition. He writes with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor, all in an accessible style.” – Martin C. Albl, Presentation College

“William Kurz combines the best of contemporary scholarship with the riches of tradition. His commentary is the fruit of a lifetime of work on Luke-Acts.” – Jeremy Holmes, Wyoming Catholic College


William S. Kurz, SJ (PhD, Yale University), is professor of New Testament at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has taught for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of numerous books, including Reading Luke-Acts: Dynamics of Biblical Narrative.

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