F.F. Bruce, “Dean of Evangelical Scholars”

Affectionately known as the “dean of evangelical scholars,” F.F. Bruce was a towering figure in modern evangelicalism.

One of the twentieth century’s most prolific scholars, Bruce penned more than 40 books spanning commentaries, church histories, and biblical theology—a dozen of which have been carefully selected for the F.F. Bruce Collection.

But perhaps more significant than his works was his career as a whole.

About F.F. Bruce

In a time when the academic community looked down upon evangelicals, F.F. Bruce demonstrated that an evangelical could perform worthwhile academic work.

At the same time, he persuaded evangelicals that they should not turn their backs on academic methods of Bible study, even if the results might differ from traditional evangelical views.

These words from contemporary C.F.D. Moule provide a compelling picture of the mind and manner of F.F. Bruce:

I know no better example of uncompromising truthfulness wedded to that most excellent gift of charity: Fred Bruce always speaks the truth in love. Certainly the truth: he is one of the rare souls who actually do verify their references. What he says can be relied on to be correct—not that he needs to do much verification, for he is blessed with an exceptionally tenacious memory. On the granite rock of a thorough classical education (Gold Medallist in Latin and Greek at Aberdeen, senior classic of his year at Cambridge) he has built a formidable edifice of extensive and accurate learning.

About the F.F. Bruce Collection

This 12-volume collection makes many of Bruce’s writings available that were previously inaccessible to most Christians. It contains:

  • Select commentaries, including a pared-down version of his famous 1954 Acts commentary
  • Pauline studies, including a work about Paul’s pastoral qualities and another about his inner circle
  • A delightful autobiographical account of Bruce’s childhood and career
  • Books on church history, biblical criticism, biblical theology, and more

This collection offers not only masterful treatments of important topics but also a compelling picture of a faithful Christian and his illustrious career.

Explore the collection.

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Matthew Boffey

Matthew Boffey (MDiv, Trinity International University) is the pastor of worship at Christ Church Bellingham. He is also editor-in-chief of Ministry Team magazine, has edited several books, and has written for several blogs and publications, including Relevant online, the Logos blog, and the Faithlife blog.

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Written by Matthew Boffey