Commentary Surveys

Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources, 10th ed.

Author:  Glynn, John

Publisher: Kregel, 2007

Now in its tenth edition, this reliable, acclaimed guide lists and ranks approximately 900 commentaries and 1,600 other biblical resources for the benefit of professors, Bible students, and pastors. Two new chapters on exegetical software round out this comprehensive guide.

Old Testament Commentary Survey, 5th ed.

Author:  Longman III, Tremper

Publisher: Baker, 2013

Leading Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III provides students and pastors with expert guidance on choosing a commentary for any book of the Old Testament. The fifth edition has been updated to assess the most recently published commentaries, providing evaluative comments. Longman lists a number of works available for each book of the Old Testament, gives a brief indication of their emphases and viewpoints, and evaluates them. The result is a balanced, sensible guide for those who preach and teach the Old Testament and need help in choosing the best tools.

Commentary Series and Single Volume Works

Eerdman's Commentary on the Bible

Author:  Dunn, James D. G. and John W. Rogerson, eds.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2003

Good layperson’s resource

Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Author:  Gaebelein, Frank E., ed.

Publisher: Zondervan, 1991

Good for general use

Old Testament Reference Works

An Introduction to the Old Testament: Second Edition

Author:  Dillard, Raymond and Tremper Longman III

Publisher: Zondervan, 2006

Evangelical in its perspective. Interacts spirit with the historical-critical method

Covenant and Creation: A Theology of Old Testament Covenants

Author:  Dumbrell, William

Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub.; Reprint Edition 2009

Demonstrates God’s developing relationship with his people leading toward a new covenant and a new creation.

Intertestamental Reference Works

An Introduction to Early Judaism

Author: Vanderkam, James C.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2000

The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism

Author: Collins, John J. (editor), Daniel C. Harlow (editor)

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2010

New Testament Reference Works

Paul the Ancient Letter Writer: An Introduction to Epistolary Analysis

Author: Weima, Jeffrey A. D.

Publisher: Baker Academic, 2016

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Editors: G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson


Craig L. Blomberg (Denver Seminary) on Matthew
Rikk E. Watts (Regent College) on Mark
David W. Pao (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Eckhard J. Schnabel (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on Luke
Andreas J. Köstenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) on John
I. Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen) on Acts
Mark A. Seifrid (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on Romans
Roy E. Ciampa (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Brian S. Rosner (Moore Theological College) on 1 Corinthians
Peter Balla (Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Budapest) on 2 Corinthians
Moisés Silva (author of Philippians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) on Galatians and Philippians
Frank S. Thielman (Beeson Divinity School) on Ephesians
G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) on Colossians
Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Calvin Theological Seminary) on 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Philip H. Towner (United Bible Societies) on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus
George H. Guthrie (Union University) on Hebrews
D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on the General Epistles
G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) and Sean M. McDonough (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on Revelation

Publisher: Baker Academic, 2007

OT Recommended Commentaries - Genesis

The Book of Genesis 1-17

Author:  Hamilton, Victor P.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1990

American evangelical. Interaction with historical methodologies

The Book of Genesis 18-50

Author:  Hamilton, Victor P.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1995

American evangelical. Interaction with historical methodologies

OT Recommended Commentaries - Exodus

Exodus: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Fretheim, Terence E.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1991

An exellent commentary for preaching. Although lacking in textual exegetical detail, this volume makes great observations. Note Fretheim’s overall approach to Exodus and its vital connections to Genesis


Author:  Houtman, C.

Publisher: Peeters Publishers, 1993

Dutch Reformed scholar. Exhaustive and very useful in exegesis and interpretation. Very expensive. Use in library

OT Recommended Commentaries - Leviticus

Leviticus 1-16, 17-22, 23-27 (3 volumes)

Author:  Milgrom, Jacob

Publisher: Yale University Press, 2000

Exhaustive exegesis employing critical and literary methodologies. A must for scholarship. Highly motivated students of the text will find it useful. The author writes from a Jewish point of view

The Book of Leviticus

Author:  Wenham, Gordon J.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1979

British evangelical. The single best commentary for a preacher because of consistent effort to read the text in the light of the New Testament. Highly recommended!

OT Recommended Commentaries - Numbers

Numbers 1-20: A New Translation

Author:  Levine, Baruch

Publisher: Anchor Bible, 1993

Exhaustive exegesis employing critical and literary methodologies

Numbers: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Olson, Dennis

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2012

Integrates historical and theological studies. Innovative in approach to the structure of Numbers. Highlights Olson’s theme that Numbers is all about “The death of the old and the birth of the new.”

OT Recommended Commentaries - Deuteronomy

The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy

Author: Tigay, Jeffrey H.

Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society, 2003

The Book of Deuteronomy

Author:  Craigie, Peter C.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1976

Solid evangelical treatment. Presents the message of the book very clearly

OT Recommended Commentaries - Joshua

The Book of Joshua

Author:  Woudstra, Marten H

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1981

Solid exegesis and interpretation. Woudstra provides good links to NT materia

Joshua: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  McCann, Jr., J. Clinton

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2002

Interprets Judges for the church and for the present time

OT Recommended Commentaries - Judges

Judges: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author: McCann, J. Clinton, Jr.

Publisher: Westminster John Know Press, 2003

Interprets Judges for the church and for the present time

The Book of Judges (NICOT)

Author: Webb, Barry G

Publisher: Eerdmans; reprinted 2012

This book discusses not only unique features of the stories themselves but also such issues as the violent nature of Judges, how women are portrayed in it, and how it relates to the Christian gospel of the New Testament.

OT Recommended Commentaries - Ruth

The Book of Ruth

Author:  Hubbard, Jr., Robert L.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1989

Solid exegesis and interpretation. Historical. Evangelical

Ruth: A Commentary

Author:  Nielsen, Kirsten

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1997

Paints a rich and subtle portrait of its characters. Traces the many connections between this story and other Biblical passages

OT Recommended Commentaries - 1 and 2 Samuel

1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary

Author:  Gordon, Robert P.

Publisher: Zondervan, 1999

Exegetical, non-literary approach. British Evangelical.

First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Brueggemann, Walter

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1990

Good for teaching and preaching. As always, Brueggemann wonderfully expands our appreciation for very familiar stories by unearthing vital components of the Hebrew text. Translates very well to sermons

OT Recommended Commentaries - 1 and 2 Kings

My God is Yahweh: Elijah and Ahab in an Age of Apostasy

Author:  Van’t Veer, M.B.

Publisher: Paideia Press, 1981

Highly recommended, but may be difficult or expensive to find

1 Kings: Berit Olam series

Author:  Walsh, Jerome T.

Publisher: Michael Glazier, 1996

A literary study of the received shape of I Kings. Provides insightful analyses of the structure of most large pericopes

OT Recommended Commentaries - 1 and 2 Chronicles

I and II Chronicles: A Commentary

Author:  Japhet, Sara

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1993

Word Biblical Commentary Vol.15, 2 Chronicles

Author:  Dillard, Raymond

Publisher: Nelson, 1988

Good exegesis and interpretation in the Reformed tradition

OT Recommended Commentaries - Ezra-Nehemiah

Ezra-Nehemiah: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Thronveit, Mark A.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2012

Good exegesis and interpretation. Balanced treatment of the historical problems

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (NICOT)

Author:  Fensham, Charles

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1983

Good exegesis and interpretation. Balanced treatment of the historical problems.

OT Recommended Commentaries - Esther

Esther (1997): A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

Author:  Levenson, Jon D.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1997

Levenson is a highly insightful Jewish commentator who takes a literary approach to the text

Esther: An Introduction and Commentary

Author:  Baldwin, Joyce

Publisher: Intervarsity Press, 1985

OT Recommended Commentaries - Job

The Book of Job: A Commentary (The Old Testament Library)

Author:  Habel, Norman C.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1985

1&2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms. (New Interpreters Bible)

Author:  McCann, Jr., J. Clinton

Publisher: Abingdon, 1996

OT Recommended Commentaries - Psalms

The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary

Author:  Brueggemann, Walter

Publisher: Augsburg, 2004

Brueggemann’s language translates readily to sermons, and he is not afraid to tackle difficult issues raised in the psalms

Psalms 1-50: Second Edition

Author:  Craigie, Peter C.

Publisher: Nelson, 2004

Communicates the emotional and theological impact of the Psalms as originally experienced by the people of Israel in their public worship and in private devotions

OT Recommended Commentaries - Wisdom books

The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job & Ecclesiastes

Author:  Kidner, Derek

Publisher: IVP Academic, 1985

Explains the structure of the texts, their relationship to each other, and their unique position within the canon

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

Author:  Murphy, Roland and Elizabeth Huwiler

Publisher: Baker, 1995

OT Recommended Commentaries - Proverbs

Word Biblical Commentary Volume 22, Proverbs

Author:  Murphy, Roland

Publisher: Nelson, 1998


Proverbs (1999): A Commentary

Author:  Clifford, Richard J.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1999

Focuses on the rhetoric of Proverb and its relevance for contemporary living

OT Recommended Commentaries - Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)

Author: Enns, Peter

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2011

Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the Old Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns.

The Book of Ecclesiastes (NICOT)

Author:  Longman III, Tremper

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1997

Canonical-Christocentric approach

OT Recommended Commentaries - Song of Songs

Songs of Songs: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Anchor Bible)

Author:  Pope, Marvin H.

Publisher: Doubleday, 1997

OT Recommended Commentaries - Isaiah

Isaiah 1- 39, Westminster Bible Companion, 1998

Author:  Brueggemann, Walter

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1998

Isaiah 40 – 66, Westminster Bible Companion, 1998

Walter Brueggeman
Westminster John Knox Press, 1998


OT Recommended Commentaries - Jeremiah

To Build, to Plant: A Commentary on Jeremiah 26-52

Author:  Brueggemann, Walter

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1991

2 books on Jeremiah – Hermeneia

Author:  Holladay, William L

Publisher: Fortress, 1986, 1989

OT Recommended Commentaries - Lamentations

Lamentations: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

Author:  Berlin, Adele

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2002

Lamentations (Historical Commentary of the Old Testament)

Author:  Renkema, J.

Publisher: Peeters, 1998

OT Recommended Commentaries - Ezekiel

The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 1-24 (NICOT)

Author:  Block, Daniel I.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1997

A significant two-volume work on Ezekiel that translates very well for preaching

OT Recommended Commentaries - Minor Prophets

The Minor Prophets: Hosea-Jonah (Expositional Commentary)

Author:  Boice, James Montgomery

Publisher: Baker, 2006

Great for adult education and sermon preparation

Hosea-Micah: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Limburg, James

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2011

OT Recommended Commentaries - Hosea

Hosea: A Commentary (The OTL)

Author:  Mays, James Luther

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1969

OT Recommended Commentaries - Amos

Amos: A Commentary (The OTL)

Author:  Mays, James Luther

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1969

OT Recommended Commentaries - Jonah

Jonah: A New Translation with Introduction, Commentary, and Interpretation

Author:  Sasson, Jack M.

Publisher: Anchor Bible, 1990

Jonah: A Commentary (The OTL)

Author:  Limburg, James, James Mays, David Peterson

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1969

OT Recommended Commentaries - Micah

Micah the Prophet

Author:  Wolff, Hans Walter

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing, 1981

Micah (Old Testament Library)

Author:  Mays, James Luther

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 1996

OT Recommended Commentaries - Nahum


Author:  Maier, Walter A.

Publisher: Concordia, 1987

OT Recommended Commentaries - Malachi

Malachi: God's Unchanging Love

Author:  Kaiser, Walter C.

Publisher: Baker, 1984

NT Recommended Commentaries - Matthew

Matthew 21-28: A Commentary (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

Author: Luz, Ulrich

Publisher: Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005

Matthew 8-20 (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

Author: Luz, Ulrich

Publisher: Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001

NT Recommended Commentaries - Mark

Preaching Mark in Two Voices

Author:  Blount, Brian K., Gary W. Charles

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2003

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 34a, Mark 1-8:26

Author:  Guelich, Robert A.

Publisher: Nelson, 1989

Guelich died before completing his work on Mark but this volume is beautifully done for pastors

NT Recommended Commentaries - Luke

Jesus and the New Age: A Commentary on St. Luke's Gospel

Author:  Danker, Frederick

Publisher: Fortress Press, 1988

The Gospel According to Luke: Introduction, Translation, and Notes

Author:  Fitzmyer, Joseph A.

Publisher: Doubleday, 1982

NT Recommended Commentaries - Parables

The Challenge of Jesus' Parables (McMaster New Testament Series)

Author:  Longenecker, Richard

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2000

Essays on exegesis

Interpreting the Parables

Author:  Blomberg, Craig

Publisher: IVP Academic, 2012

Canonical approach

NT Recommended Commentaries - John

The Gospel of John: A Commentary

Author: Bruner, Frederick Dale

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2012

This commentary is rich in biblical insights, broadly historical, and deeply theological.

Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community

Author:  Koester, Craig R.

Publisher: Augsburg, 2003

NT Recommended Commentaries - Acts

The Acts of the Apostles : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Author:  Witherington, Ben

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1997

Academic, good for historical background

Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit

Author:  Gonzalez, Justo L.

Publisher: Orbis Books, 2001

NT Recommended Commentaries - Romans

Commentary on Romans

Author:  Kaseman, Ernst

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1980

The Epistle to the Romans

Author:  Moo, Douglas J.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1996

NT Recommended Commentaries - 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians

Author:  Garland, David E.

Publisher: Baker, 2003

First Corinthians: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Hays, Richard B.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2011

NT Recommended Commentaries - 2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Author:  Hafemann, Scott

Publisher: Zondervan, 2000

2 Corinthians, Volume 40: Second Edition

Author:  Martin, Ralph

Publisher: Zondervan, 2014

NT Recommended Commentaries - Galatians

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 41, Galatians

Author:  Longenecker, Richard

Publisher: Nelson, 1990

Interpreting Galatians: Explorations in Exegetical Method

Author:  Silva, Moises

Publisher: Baker, 2001

NT Recommended Commentaries - Ephesians

Ephesians and Colossians (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament)

Author: Talbert, Charles H.

Publisher: Baker Academic, 2007

God’s New Society: The Message of Ephesians (Bible Speaks Today)

Author: Stott, John R. W.

Publisher: Inter Varsity Press, 1980

NT Recommended Commentaries - Philippians

Epistle to the Philippians (NIGTC)

Author:  O’Brien, Peter T.

Publisher: Paternoster Press, 1991

Philippians: The NIV Application Commentary

Author:  Thielman, Frank S.

Publisher: Zondervan, 1995

NT Recommended Commentaries - Colossians and Philemon

The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon (NIGCT)

Author:  Dunn, James D. G.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1996

Colossians and Philemon (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament)

Author:  Harris, Murray J.

Publisher: B&H Academic, 2010

NT Recommended Commentaries - 1 and 2 Thessalonians

The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (NICNT)

Author: Fee, Gordon D.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2009


1-2 Thessalonians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)

By Weima, Jeffrey A. D.

Published by Baker Academic, 2014


NT Recommended Commentaries - 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus

1 & 2 Timothy, Titus

Author:  Fee, Gordon D.

Publisher: Baker, 1989

Letters to Paul's Delegates: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus

Author:  Johnson, Luke T.

Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 1996

NT Recommended Commentaries - Hebrews

Hebrews: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Author:  Long, Thomas G.

Publisher: Westminster John Knox, 2011

Long is an outstanding preacher and so knows how to help other preachers access the text for sermon-writing

NT Recommended Commentaries - James

The Letter of James (NICNT)

Author: McKnight, Scot

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2011

From beginning to end, the book is shaped for pastors, teachers, and scholars. McKnight is less interested in shedding new light on James than on providing a commentary for those who want to explain the letter and its significance to congregations and classes.

The Letter of James

Author:  Moo, Douglas J.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2000

NT Recommended Commentaries - 1 Peter

1 Peter (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary)

Author: Green, Joel B.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2007

Peter 1 Hermeneia

Author:  Achtemeier, Paul J.

Publisher: Fortress, 1996

NT Recommended Commentaries - 2 Peter, Jude

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 50, 2 Peter, Jude

Author:  Bauckham, Richard

Publisher: Word, 1983

NT Recommended Commentaries - 1, 2, and 3 John

The Epistles of John (The Anchor Bible, Vol 30)

Author:  Brown, Raymond E.

Publisher: Anchor Bible, 1982

NT Recommended Commentaries - Revelation

The Book of Revelation

Author:  Mounce, Robert H.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1997

The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting

Author:  Hemer, Colin J.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2000

Key Books for Preaching

Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists

Author: Plantinga, Cornelius

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2013

In Reading for Preaching Cornelius Plantinga makes a striking claim: preachers who read widely will most likely become better preachers.  Plantinga — himself a master preacher — shows how a wide reading program can benefit preachers. First, he says, good reading generates delight, and the preacher who enters the world of delight goes with God. Good reading can also help tune the preacher’s ear for language — his or her primary tool. General reading can enlarge the preacher’s sympathies for people and situations that she or he had previously known nothing about. And, above all, the preacher who reads widely has the chance to become wise.

Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons that Matter

Author: Hoezee, Scott

Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2014

Preachers need stories. Stories, examples, and illustrations bring sermons to life.  Learn how to find those stories and how to use them.