The Two Books FF Bruce Kept At All Times

On the last night of a series of lectures that NT scholar Michael F. Bird was given at Covenant Theological Seminary, here in St. Louis MO, I learned that the great evangelical scholar of the 20th century F.F. Bruce kept two books on his desk at all times: A Greek New Testament, and though he was not an Anglican but a lifelong Brethren, a copy of the Book of Common Prayer, because of its readings in the Gospels.  Thanks for this gem, Mike Bird.

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6 Responses to The Two Books FF Bruce Kept At All Times

  1. Jon Hughes says:


    I like F.F. Bruce, and found his “New Testament Documents. Are They Reliable?” absolutely riveting as a new believer; and have recently purchased his biography by Tim Grass on my Kindle. Apparently he was something of a maverick. As you say, he was a lifelong Brethren, but he rejected dispensationalism and pretribulationism.

    I love reading these independent thinkers (and great minds). John Stott’s another one that comes to mind. Too many authors today, by contrast, especially those whose books are published by Crossway, seem to be self consciously seeking the approval of others within the circle who (of course) highly commend their books. Their books end up being ‘sterile’ compared with the likes of F.F. Bruce and John Stott.

    Thank God for these men!

  2. Jon Hughes says:

    I should add, regarding the Book of Common Prayer, that John Stott – who WAS an Anglican – preferred to use the Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan in his morning devotionals!

    • TC says:

      Jon, growing up, once I discovered FF Bruce, he became something of an academic hero of mine. Yes, I saw that Tim Grass bio. I would love to read it. Yeah, I like his rejections. 😉

      That’s an interesting tidbit about the late Stott. Reading older writers like Bruce and Stott is quite refreshing, I find.

  3. TC says:

    By the way, I like your new pic. 😀

  4. Simon says:

    The BoC is typical of the early church practise of doing spirituality and doctrine together.

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