In both the classroom and the pulpit, Frederick Fyvie Bruce stands out as one of the most recognized voices among mid- to late-twentieth-century evangelical scholars.
Born in Elgin, Scotland, on October 12, 1910, F. F. Bruce—as he is more commonly known—was educated at Aberdeen, Cambridge, Vienna, and Manchester University, where he excelled in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Bruce held teaching posts at some of Europe’s most prominent universities, most notably as the Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at Manchester University. He was a member of a number of prestigious societies, among them the Society for Old Testament Study and the Society for New Testament Study. Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of Cambridge’s Tyndale House, a library for postgraduate students engaged in biblical research.
Bruce was a prodigious author, and it’s in his numerous works that we find his enduring legacy. He wrote on a variety of subjects, including early Bible translations, Greco-Roman history, and the Old and New Testaments. Some of his better-known titles include The Canon of Scripture, Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit, The Epistle to the Galatians (NIGTC), and three volumes in the NICNT: Acts, Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians, and Hebrews. Bruce’s writings spring from a deep knowledge of apostolic Christianity and the Greco-Roman world it rose from. But he communicated in a way that was easily accessible, making the world of Jesus and the early church come alive.
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