F.F. Bruce: A Life is the first-ever full-length biography of Frederick Fyvie Bruce (1910-1990), one of the most influential British biblical scholars of the twentieth century. Over his lifetime F. F. Bruce authored some fifty books and nearly two thousand articles and reviews, and was one of the most influential New Testament scholars in the 20th Century and editor of the globally acclaimed New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT] for more almost 30 years. His career offers valuable insights into key issues that affected evangelicals from the 1950s onwards, including the relationship between academic theology and church life and the perception of evangelical scholarship within the academy at large.
Bruce was also beloved by an unusually wide assortment of people, and unfailingly respected by his friends and peers. Grass' book while being an intellectual biography is also a biography about Bruce's life. His was not a life full of dramatic events, but the life of a scholar whose work impacted untold numbers of people. And this is that story.
Tim Grass has written an unusually solid biography of an exceedingly solid scholar. Its pages provide a full account of F. F. Bruce's biblical scholarship and his pathbreaking leadership of evangelical intellectual life more generally. But they are also excellent on Bruce's faithful private side, especially his lifelong engagement in Brethren ministries. The result is a very good book on a very worthy subject.
-Mark A. Noll
University of Notre Dame
If evangelicalism in the United Kingdom has been preserved from the dangers of fundamentalism and bigotry over the past seventy years or so, the credit must go largely to the enormous influence of the outstanding, gracious, Christian teacher and writer whose career is the subject of this book. However, its appeal will be much wider than simply to those who wish to understand this significant period of contemporary history. Although he was an academic scholar, Fred Bruce had a remarkably interesting life that is related here in a fascinating manner and evaluated critically by a sympathetic observer who shares the same facility in attractive presentation as was shown by Bruce himself.
-I. Howard Marshall
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