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Book Review: The Acts, An Exposition by Charles R. Erdman

"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 ESV

The Acts, An Exposition is more of a short summary of Acts. I wanted to state that in this review in case someone is looking for a deeper analysis of Acts. This did not deter me from reading this book, and it could be considered a starting point for further study.
What I noticed first about this book is the enthusiasm of the author in writing about the apostles and the early church.
In the introduction he writes, "The Acts is not so much concerned with the development of Christian life or the application of Christian truth as with the work of preaching the gospel."
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." ESV
"The witnessing was to be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. In no book of the Bible can more be learned as to the Spirit's divine office than in The Acts, in none are there more marvelous records of his might; so that by some writers the narrative has been called The Acts of the Holy Spirit."
In chapter 1 Erdman writes, "All witness for Christ must not only declare His works and words, but must present Him as the risen and ascended Lord, and that such witness can be only by those who are baptized in His Holy Spirit."
And, "His Spirit never leaves a believer, but ever and again as one is surrendered to the will of the Lord, He is absolutely, if unconsciously dominated by His Spirit."
Erdman throughout his commentary on Acts focuses on the Holy Spirit. It does not matter who we are or how educated we are or how long we've been a Christian, we must have the divine power of the Holy Spirit in witnessing.
One of my favorite parts in the book is chapter 6 in reading about Christian witnesses must expect hatred and opposition. "But His Spirit will give us wisdom and strength in the hour of need, and will illumine their faces with a light which even their enemies will feel is not born of earth."
I was disappointed that more was not written on Paul's stoning from chapter 14 in Acts. Only 1 sentence on this was given.

You can read the The Acts, An Exposition Online @

Published by Westminster Press 1919
I believe Westminster Press and John Knox Press merged.
Their website was not working on the day I posted this review.
This small hardcover book was bought by my dad in the early 1960's. It is 176 pages. I do not have a front photo cover for my posted review.
The Bible verses in the book are from the American Standard Edition of the Revised Bible copyright 1929. I noticed the copyright of the Bible is 10 years after original publishing date. I don't have an answer for that reason. Possibly because the book was republished again.
I chose to use the ESV in my above review.

Charles R. Erdman was born 1866 and died 1960. He was an American Presbyterian minister and professor and chairman of practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He authored several commentaries.
The Coming of Christ by Charles R. Erdman
The Gospel of Luke, An Exposition

 Blissful Reading!


Becky said…
It sounds like an interesting book. And I think you did a great job reviewing it. I think Acts is all about the Holy Spirit too--and how the church grows--believers are born or born again--through the Spirit or by the Spirit.