Acts – David Garland – Teach the Text | Review, Summary, Video

Teach the Text ActsDavid E. Garland is the author of the Acts volume in the Teach the Text commentary series.

The book of Acts is theological history, showing how Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection informed the life, teaching, and ministry of the early church.

God’s power is displayed through the Spirit in the outward spread and influence of the gospel.

We see how God’s Old Testament promises are fulfilled in the church, composed of both Jews and Gentiles.

It is an open-ended story, so its history and theology are needed for the life and mission of the church today.

About the author: David E. Garland (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean for academic affairs and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He is the author of numerous books, including award-winning commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Mark.

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Teach the Text Commentaries are biblical studies resources that explain books of the bible to help pastors, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders.

Authors in the Teach the Text series explain Scripture passage-by-passage, yet comment on words, phrases, and verses that are important to the overall meaning of the biblical text. The publisher further notes, “By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture.”

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From the publisher: To craft informed sermons, pastors scour commentaries that often deal more with minutia than the main point. Or they turn to devotional commentaries, which may contain exegetical weaknesses.

The Teach the Text Commentary Series bridges this gap by utilizing the best of biblical scholarship and providing the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively.

By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture.

The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.


“A trustworthy interpreter, David Garland guides the reader through Acts concisely, capturing the main points and theological message of each passage and offering vivid illustrations. This book will be a huge help to busy pastors preaching from this exciting biblical book.”

— Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

“David Garland has enhanced his well-earned reputation as a superb commentary writer with this outstanding work on Acts. It is a genuine privilege to recommend this thoughtful, instructive, and carefully designed exposition as an important resource for students, teachers, and pastors alike.”

— David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University

“David Garland has written a wonderful commentary that is consistently faithful to the text, thoroughly informative on historical matters, deeply committed to theological explanation, focused on contemporary application, and always eminently readable.”

— Eckhard J. Schnabel, professor of New Testament studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“The exegesis is careful, the theological insights are distilled, and the illustrations are genuinely illuminating. Acts is a wonderful deposit of biblical interpretation, theological explanation, and homiletical application. A must have for preachers!”

–Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College

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