Recommended Bibliography

Table of Contents

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Introductory Commentaries

  1. Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation
  2. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  3. Concordia Commentary
  4. Expositor’s Bible Commentary
  5. Interpretation
  6. New American Commentary (NAC)
  7. New Beacon Bible Commentary
  8. New Covenant Commentary Series
  9. The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) (Trans. into Spanish as Comentario bíblico con aplicación NVI)
  10. New Interpreter’s Bible (NIB)
  11. Brown, Raymond E., et al., eds. New Jerome Bible Commentary. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1995.
  12. The New Testament For Everyone
  13. The Old Testament For Everyone
  14. Barton, John, and John Muddiman. Oxford Bible Commentary. New York: Oxford University Press
  15. Sheffield Biblical Guides (NTG & OTG)
  16. The Story of God Bible Commentary (SOGBC)
  17. Teach the Text
  18. Two Horizons New Testament Commentary
  19. Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary
  20. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
  21. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
  22. Understanding the Bible
  23. Westminster Bible Companion

Technical Commentaries

  1. Anchor Yale Bible Commentary (AYBC)
  2. Apollos Old Testament Commentary
  3. Baker Commentary on the OT Wisdom & Psalms
  4. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
  5. Black’s New Testament Commentary
  6. Continental Commentary
  7. Eerdmans Critical Commentary
  8. Forms of Old Testament Literature
  9. Hermeneia
  10. Historical Commentary on the Old Testament
  11. International Critical Commentary
  12. International Exegetical Commentary on the OT
  13. International Theological Commentary
  14. New Cambridge Bible Commentary
  15. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  16. New International Commentary on the Old Testament
  17. New Testament in Context Commentaries (NTinC)
  18. New Testament Library (NTL)
  19. Old Testament Library (OTL)
  20. Paideia
  21. Pillar New Testament Commentary
  22. Reading the New Testament Commentary
  23. Readings: A New Biblical Commentary
  24. Sacra Pagina
  25. Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (SRC)
  26. Wisdom Commentary
  27. Word Biblical Commentary (WBC)
  28. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT)
  29. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (ZECOT)

Specialized Commentaries

  1. Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary
  2. Africa Bible Commentary Series
  3. The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora
  4. Asia Bible Commentary Series
  5. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
  6. Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible
  7. The Bible and Disability: A Commentary
  8. Blackwell Bible Commentaries
  9. The Church’s Bible
  10. Comentario Bíblico Contemporáneo (CBC)
  11. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (CNTOT)
  12. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT)
  13. Hellenistic Commentary to the New Testament
  14. The IVP Women’s Bible Commentary
  15. Jewish Publication Society Bible Commentaries
  16. Majority World Commentary Series
  17. New Covenant Commentary Series (NCCS)
  18. New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC)
  19. New Testament Theology
  20. Old Testament Theology
  21. Reformation Commentary on Scripture
  22. South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible
  23. The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament
  24. True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary
  25. Women’s Bible Commentary

Commentary Guides

  1. Blomberg, Craig L., Bill Klein, David L. Mathewson, and Erin M. Heim, “New Testament Exegesis Bibliography – 2017,” Denver Journal 20 (2017). Cited 25 July 2017. Online:
  2. Carson, D.A..  New Testament Commentary Survey. 7th ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.
  3. Dallaire, Hélène, Knut Heim, and Richard S. Hess, “Annotated Old Testament Bibliography – 2017,” Denver Journal 20 (2017). Cited 25 July 2017. Online:
  4. Dyer, John. “Best Commentaries.” No pages. Cited 25 June 2017. Online:
  5. Evans, John F. A Guide to Biblical Commentaries and Reference Works. 10th ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  6. Glynn, John. Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources. 10th ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.
  7. Gupta, Nijay K. The New Testament Commentary Guide: A Brief Handbook for Students and Pastors. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2020.
  8. Longman, Tremper III. Old Testament Commentary Survey. 5th ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.
  9. Rosscup, James E. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works. Rev. and Enlarged 1993 and 2004. The Woodlands, TX: Kress.

Introductory Commentaries


B&H | Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation

“All volumes provide a discussion of introductory matters, including the historical setting and the literary structure of a given book of Scripture. Also included is an exegetical treatment of all the relevant passages in succinct commentary-style format. The biblical theology approach of the series will also inform and play a role in the commentary proper. The commentator permits a discussion between the commentary proper and the biblical theology that it reflects by a series of cross-references.

The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground Biblical Theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book in Scripture while at the same time focusing on its major theological contribution to the entire Christian canon in the context of the larger salvation-historical metanarrative of Scripture. Within this overall format, there will be room for each individual contributor to explore the major themes of his or her particular corpus in the way he or she sees most appropriate for the material under consideration.

This format, in itself, would already be a valuable contribution to Biblical Theology. But there are other series that try to accomplish a survey of the Bible’s theology as well. What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. This is the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series! As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate Biblical Theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations, both in North America and in a global context.” –publisher description


Brazos | Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

“Leading theologians read and interpret scripture for today’s church, providing guidance for reading the Bible under the rule of faith. Each volume in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is designed to serve the church–through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth–and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.” –publisher description


Concordia Publishing House | Concordia Commentary

“The Concordia Commentary series is designed to enable pastors, professors, and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text. This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection. This scholarly commentary series fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.”

As the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia Publishing House is required to submit its materials to the Synod’s doctrinal review process.”-publisher description


Zondervan Press | The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Revised 5 Volume NT Set


Zondervan Press | The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Revised 8 Volume OT Set

“Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this revised edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series once again gathers the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. Its fifty-six contributors, thirty of whom are new, represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. [One]  pack includes the 5 volumes covering the New Testament; [another pack includes the] 8 volumes covering the Old Testament.” -homepage


Westminster/John Knox | Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Preaching and Teaching, 43 Volumes

“Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. It bridges the gap between critical and expository commentaries and combines exciting biblical scholarship with illuminating textual expositions. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.” –homepage description


B&H | New American Commentary (NAC)

“THE NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY is for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound the Scriptures.” –publisher description


Beacon Hill Press | New Beacon Bible Commentary

“The New Beacon Bible Commentary series is an engaging, indispensable reference tool that equips you to study and meditate on God’s Word. It offers insightful scholarship to help you unlock Scripture’s deeper truths and garner an awareness of the history, culture, and context attributed to each book studied. Readable, relevant, and academically thorough, it offers a new standard for understanding and interpreting the Bible in the twenty-first century.


Completely new scholarship from notable experts in the Wesleyan theological tradition

Clear verse-by-verse explanations, which offer a contemporary, Wesleyan-based understanding derived from the text’s original language.

Helpful sidebars, which provide deeper insight into theological issues, word meanings, archeological connections, historical relevance, and cultural customs

Convenient introductory material, including information on authorship, date, history, audience, sociological/cultural issues, purpose, literary features, theological themes, and hermeneutical issues

Comprehensive annotation divided into three sections, which explore background elements behind the text; verse-by-verse details and meanings found in the text; significance, relevance, intertextuality, and application from the text.

An expanded bibliography for further study of historical elements, additional interpretations, and theological themes.” –Logos description


Wipf & Stock | New Covenant Commentary Series

“”The New Covenant Commentary Series (NCCS) is designed for ministers and students who require a commentary that interacts with the text and context of each New Testament book and pays specific attention to the impact of the text upon the faith and praxis of contemporary faith communities.

The NCCS has a number of distinguishing features. First, the contributors come from a diverse array of backgrounds in regards to their Christian denominations and countries of origin. Unlike many commentary series that tout themselves as international, the NCCS can truly boast of a genuinely international cast of contributors with authors drawn from every continent of the world (except Antarctica) including countries such as the United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom, Kenya, India, Singapore, and Korea. We intend the NCCS to engage in the task of biblical interpretation and theological reflection from the perspective of the global church. Second, the volumes in this series are not verse-by-verse commentaries, but they focus on larger units of text in order to explicate and interpret the story in the text as opposed to some often atomistic approaches. Third, a further aim of these volumes is to provide an occasion for authors to reflect on how the New Testament impacts the life, faith, ministry, and witness of the New Covenant Community today. This occurs periodically under the heading of Fusing the Horizons and Forming the Community. Here authors provide windows into community formation (how the text shapes the mission and character of the believing community) and ministerial formation (how the text shapes the ministry of Christian leaders).” –publisher description


Zondervan Press | The NIV Application Commentary series

“Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable–but the job is only half done!

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.” –homepage description


 Abingdon Press | The New Interpreter’s® Bible Commentary Ten Volume Set

The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary offers critically sound biblical interpretations. Guided by scholars, pastors and laity representing diverse traditions and academic experience, this collection of commentary meets the needs of preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible.” –homepage description


Westminster John Knox | The NT For Everyone, by N. T. Wright, 18 Volumes

In the New Testament for Everyone series, Wright continues his trademark of bringing the most up-to-date biblical scholarship to life with engaging writing, inspiring anecdotes, and faithful interpretation. These eighteen volumes are ideal for Bible study, personal devotion, and teaching.

Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.” –publisher description


Westminster John Knox | The OT For Everyone, by John Goldingay, 17 Volumes

“In this popular and ambitious series, John Goldingay covers Scripture from Genesis to Malachi and addresses the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school preparation, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern reader.” –publisher description


Eerdmans | Pillar New Testament Commentary Series

“The Pillar New Testament Commentary, designed for serious readers of the Bible, seeks above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. Writers of the PNTC volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail. Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible. Comprising fourteen volumes — 8062 total pages — this set brings together some of the best biblical scholarship of our time.” –publisher description


Bloomsbury/T&T Clark/Sheffield | Sheffield Biblical Guides

Bloomsbury OT Guides link | Bloomsbury NT Guides link

“This much sought-after and highly esteemed Bible study guide series is concise, comprehensive, manageable and affordable. The Sheffield / T&T Clark Bible Guides Collection (44 vols.) serves as an invaluable resource for students, preachers and Bible study leaders. Each of these books delivers to the reader a thorough and insightful introduction to a particular book of the Bible or the Apocrypha. All the books in the series were written by leading biblical scholars and the authors have drawn on their scholarly expertise as well as their experience as teachers of university and college students.” –Logos description


Zondervan | Story of God Bible Commentary  [OT & NT]

“The Story of God Bible Commentary is a new commentary for today’s world. It’s the first commentary series to explain and illuminate each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. This “story-centric” approach makes SGBC a fruitful resource for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and everyday readers.” –publisher description


Baker | Teach the Text Commentary

“This commentary is designed…to provide a ready reference for the exposition of the biblical text, giving easy access to information that a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. To that end, the commentary is divided into carefully selected preaching units. Pastors and teachers engaged in weekly preparation thus know that they will be reading approximately the same amount of material on a week-by-week basis.

Each passage begins with a concise summary of the central message, or “Big Idea,” of the passage and a list of its main themes. This is followed by a more detailed interpretation of the text, including the literary context of the passage, historical background material, and interpretive insights. While drawing on the best of biblical scholarship, this material is clear, concise, and to the point. Technical material is kept to a minimum, with endnotes pointing the reader to more detailed discussion and additional resources.

A second major focus of this commentary is on the preaching and teaching process itself. Few commentaries today help the pastor/teacher move from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. Our goal is to bridge this gap. In addition to interpreting the text in the “Understanding the Text” section, each unit contains a “Teaching the Text” section and an “Illustrating the Text” section. The teaching section points to the key theological themes of the passage and ways to communicate these themes to today’s audiences. The illustration section provides ideas and examples for retaining the interest of hearers and connecting the message to daily life.” –publisher description


Eerdmans | Two Horizons New Testament Commentary

“Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the New Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THNTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture” –publisher description


Eerdmans | Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary

“Two features distinguish The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary series: theological exegesis and theological reflection.

Exegesis since the Reformation era and especially in the past two hundred years emphasized careful attention to philology, grammar, syntax, and concerns of a historical nature. More recently, commentary has expanded to include social-scientific, political, or canonical questions and more.

Without slighting the significance of those sorts of questions, scholars in The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary locate their primary interests on theological readings of texts, past and present. The result is a paragraph-by-paragraph engagement with the text that is deliberately theological in focus.

Theological reflection in The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary takes many forms, including locating each Old Testament book in relation to the whole of Scripture – asking what the biblical book contributes to biblical theology – and in conversation with constructive theology of today. How commentators engage in the work of theological reflection will differ from book to book, depending on their particular theological tradition and how they perceive the work of biblical theology and theological hermeneutics. This heterogeneity derives as well from the relative infancy of the project of theological interpretation of Scripture in modern times and from the challenge of grappling with a book’s message in its ancient context, in the canon of Scripture and history of interpretation, and for life in the admittedly diverse Western world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary is written primarily for students, pastors, and other Christian leaders seeking to engage in theological interpretation of Scripture.” –publisher description


IVP Academic | Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (TNTC)


IVP Academic | Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (TOTC)

“These Tyndale volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The introduction to each volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. The commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.” -publisher description


Baker | Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

Formerly called the “New International Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament/New Testament,” “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography and Scripture and subject indexes are also included.” –publisher description


Westminster/John Knox | Westminster Bible Companion

“Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.” –publisher description

Technical Commentaries


Yale University Press | Anchor Yale Bible Commentary 92 Volumes (AYBC)

The Anchor Yale Bible is a project of international and interfaith scope in which Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from many countries contribute individual volumes. The project is not sponsored by any ecclesiastical organization and is not intended to reflect any particular theological doctrine.

The Anchor Yale Bible is committed to producing commentaries in the tradition established half a century ago by the founders of the series, William Foxwell Albright and David Noel Freedman. It aims to present the best contemporary scholarship in a way that is accessible not only to scholars but also to the educated nonspecialist. Its approach is grounded in exact translation of the ancient languages and an appreciation of the historical and cultural context in which the biblical books were written supplemented by insights from modern methods, such as sociological and literary criticism.” –publisher description


InterVarsity | Apollos Old Testament Commentary

“The Apollos Old Testament Commentary (AOTC) aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Written by an international team of scholars and edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, these commentaries are intended to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, as well as scholars and all serious students of the Bible.

The AOTC series introduces and examines the books of the Old Testament, bridging the gap between the age in which they were written and the age in which we now read them. Each commentary begins with an Introduction which gives an overview of the issues of date, authorship, sources, and outlines the theology of the book, providing pointers towards its interpretation and contemporary application. An annotated Translation of the Hebrew text by the author forms the basis for the subsequent commentary.

Within the commentary, Form and Structure sections examine the context, rhetorical devices, and source and form-critical issues of each passage. Comment sections offer thorough, detailed exegesis of the historical and theological meaning of each passage, and Explanation sections offer a full exposition of the theological message within the framework of biblical theology and a commitment to the inspiration and authority of the Old Testament.” –publisher description


Baker | Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms


Baker | Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)

“The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. All BECNT volumes feature the author’s detailed interaction with the Greek text and are specifically designed with students and pastors in mind. The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit. Chapter outlines and overviews allow easy entry into the discussion and aid comprehension and recall. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, these commentaries will be valued by students, professors, and pastors alike.” – description


Continuum, et al. | Black’s New Testament Commentary (BNTC)

“Black’s New Testament Commentary presents a reliable and enlightening exposition of the New Testament for modern readers. Written by highly respected biblical scholars initially under the editorial direction of Dr. Henry Chadwick, and now of Morna D. Hooker, each commentary offers a paragraph-by-paragraph exposition based on the author’s own fresh translation of the biblical text. Since its appearance nearly thirty-five years ago, Black’s New Testament Commentary Series has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary.” –Logos description


Fortress | Continental Commentary Series

“The  Continental Commentary Series, published by Fortress Press, makes leading critical biblical scholarship from German and French scholars available to the English-speaking world. This series combines scholarly excellence with academic rigor to benefit pastors, students, and scholars of both the Old and New Testament. From Claus Westermann’s 3-volume commentary on Genesis to the 3-volume commentary on the Psalms by Hans-Joachim Kraus, these volumes examine the text of Scripture in penetrating detail with a fresh translation, detailed commentary, and theological assessment.

Each book in the Continental Commentary Series includes comprehensive introductory material, including an explanation of narrative themes, an overview of the historical and cultural context, an analysis of textual traditions, and an evaluation of recent literature. The remainder of each volume is divided according to each pericope of Scripture, with each section containing a summary of secondary literature, a fresh translation of the text, an evaluation of the literary form and the setting in life, and a lengthy commentary. Each volume also contains indexes on Hebrew words, subjects, names and authors, and other material.” –Logos description


Eerdmans | Eerdmans Critical Commentary

The Eerdmans Critical Commentary offers the best of contemporary Old and New Testament scholarship, seeking to give modern readers clear insight into the biblical text, including its background, its interpretation, and its application.

Contributors to the ECC series are among the foremost authorities in biblical scholarship worldwide. Representing a broad range of confessional backgrounds, authors are charged to remain sensitive to the original meaning of the text and to bring alive its relevance for today. Each volume includes the author’s own translation, critical notes, and commentary on literary, historical, cultural, and theological aspects of the text.

Accessible to serious general readers and scholars alike, these commentaries reflect the contributions of recent textual, philological, literary, historical, and archaeological inquiry, benefiting as well from newer methodological approaches. ECC volumes are “critical” in terms of their detailed, systematic explanation of the biblical text. Although exposition is based on the original and cognate languages, English translations provide complete access to the discussion and interpretation of these primary sources. ” –publisher description


Eerdmans | Forms of Old Testament Literature

“The Forms of the Old Testament Literature (FOTL) is a series of volumes that seeks to present, according to a standard outline and methodology, a form-critical analysis of every book or unit of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). Fundamentally exegetical, each volume examines the structure, genre, setting, and intention of the biblical literature in question. The series also endeavors to study the history behind the form-critical discussion of the material, to bring consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulas of the biblical literature, and to expose the exegetical procedure in such a way as to enable students and pastors to engage in their own analysis and interpretation.” –publisher description


Fortress | Hermeneia

“Hermeneia is designed to be a critical and historical commentary to the Bible without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It utilizes the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern commentaries), the methods of the history of tradition (including genre and prosodic analysis), and the history of religion.

Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible. It makes full use of ancient Semitic and classical languages; at the same time, English translations of all comparative materials—whether Greek, Latin, Canaanite, or Akkadian—are supplied alongside the citation of the source in its original language. Insofar as possible, the aim is to provide the student or scholar with full critical discussion of each problem of interpretation and with the primary data upon which the discussion is based.

Hermeneia is by design international and interconfessional in the selection of authors; its editorial boards were formed with this end in view. Occasionally the series has offered translations of distinguished commentaries which originally appeared in languages other than English. In time, new commentaries will replace older works in order to preserve the currency of the series. Commentaries are also assigned for important literary works in the categories of apocryphal and pseudepigraphical works relating to the Old and New Testaments, including some from the discoveries at Qumran and Nag Hammadi.

The editors of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors). It is expected that authors will struggle to lay bare the ancient meaning of a biblical work or pericope. In this way, the text’s human relevance should become transparent, as is always the case in competent historical discourse. However, the series eschews for itself homiletical translation of the Bible.” –publisher description


Peeters | Historical Commentary on the Old Testament

“The Historical Commentary on the Old Testament is an international series of commentaries which devotes explicit attention to the history of interpretation of biblical tradition in all its stages, both within and without the Hebrew canon. As the term ‘Old Testament’ indicates, the commentary stands in the Christian exegetical tradition. The contributors are comprised of scholars from all over the world and from many different churches and denominations. The commentary is intended not only for Old Testament scholars, but also for ministers and other interested parties. The treatment of every pericope is preceded by a new translation and a section called ‘Essentials and Perspectives’ in which the author summarizes the results of the exegesis in non-technical language. The primacy here is assigned to the final stage of the text. The summary incites the user to consult the main body of the exegesis which is headed ‘Scholarly Exposition’. Here the approach is that of modern critical scholarship.” -ISD book distributor description

“For over 100 years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis-linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological-with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.”

“The International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (IECOT) is designed to offer an international, ecumenical and contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament (including deutero-canonical books) to a broad audience of scholars, laypeople, and pastors. IECOT is international: it has editorial board members and authors from North America, Europe and Israel and all volumes will appear in both English and German. IECOT is ecumenical in bringing scholars of diverse Christian and Jewish perspectives into collaboration. Moreover, the series covers all of the books of the Hebrew and Greek Old Testament canons, including the Deutero-Canonical books of many Christian confessions. A main way that IECOT is contemporary is in the way it brings together two, often opposed perspectives, perspectives often described as “synchronic” and “diachronic.” By “synchronic” is understood a focus on a text at one particular stage of its formation (especially its final stage). By “diachronic” is meant the study of a text?s growth over time through incorporation of earlier traditions, sources, etc. In addition, IECOT volumes include other contemporary perspectives such as gender-criticism, social-history, and reception history.” –publisher description


T&T Clark | International Theological Commentary

“The T&T Clark International Theological Commentary (ITC) offers a verse by verse interpretation of the Bible that addresses its theological subject matter, gleaning the best from both the classical and modern commentary traditions and showing the doctrinal development of Scriptural truths.

A companion series to the long-running International Critical Commentary (ICC) the ITC bears all the same hallmarks of scholarly rigour and excellence. The two series will be published alongside each other with the ITC’s focus being on the theological significance of biblical texts.” –publisher description


Cambridge | New Cambridge Bible Commentary

“Like the original Cambridge Bible Commentary – a collection of exegetical volumes widely read and studied in the 1960s and 1970s – the NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals. Commentaries in the NCBC thus will be academically rigorous but will not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek. Unlike the earlier CBC, however, the new series will take advantage of many of the rewards provided by scholarly research over the last three decades. While not mistaking trendiness for truth, volumes in the NCBC will make accessible and build upon many of the advances in theory and theology produced in universities and seminaries during the last thirty years. Utilizing recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.” –publisher description


Eerdmans | New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)

“‘Faithful criticism’ characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has been widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.

The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages in order to benefit from them. In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates. Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.

Under the editorship of outstanding New Testament scholars — first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England) and Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Canada), and now Joel B. Green (Fuller Theological Seminary) — the NICNT series has flourished. In order to keep the commentary fresh and contemporary, NICNT volumes are revised and replaced as needed.

Newer volumes in the NICNT account for emergent emphases in biblical studies. These include heightened attention to rhetorical features of New Testament texts, the cultural settings within which they were written, and their theological significance for God’s people. In this way, the NICNT series endures as an accessible, authoritative guide to the biblical text.” –publisher description

Eerdmans | New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)

“This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the rigorous yet reverent study contained in these commentary volumes, readers hear afresh the voice of the living God speaking his powerful word.

All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.” –publisher description



Westminster John Knox | New Testament Library (NTL)


Westminster John Knox | Old Testament Library (OTL)


Baker Publishing | Paideia

“This series, pproaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: (1) introductory matters, (2) tracing the train of thought, (3) key hermeneutical and theological questions. Graduate and seminary students, professors, and pastors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries.

Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by
  • attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
  • showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
  • commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
  • focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
  • making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format”

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Smyth & Helwys | Reading the New Testament Commentary Series

Reading the New Testament Commentary series aspires to present cutting edge research in a way that is accessible to upper-level undergraduates, seminarians, seminary educated pastors, and educated laypeople, as well as to graduate students and professors.

Rather than following the verse-by-verse method of traditional commentaries, these volumes study section-by-section, concentrating on key concepts and how they are developed. Each commentary takes a more literary-theological slant while focusing on a close reading of the final form or structure of the text. The aim is to make one feel at home in the biblical text itself.

The approach of these commentaries involves a concern both for how the biblical author communicates and what the religious point of the text is. Care is taken to relate both the how and the what of the text to its milieu: Christian, Jewish, and Greco-Roman. This enables both the communication strategies and the religious message of the text to be clarified over against a range of historical and cultural possibilities. Throughout, the basic concern is to treat the New Testament texts as religious documents whose religious message needs to be set forth with compelling clarity.” –Logos description


Sheffield Phoenix Press | Readings: A New Biblical Commenatry

The aim of the series is to present compact literary readings of the biblical books, unencumbered by the paraphernalia of traditional criticism and alert to the impact of literary studies on biblical interpretation. Each contributor to the series approaches their text from their own personal literary position.” –publisher description


Liturgical Press | Sacra Pagina

“This series presents fresh translations and modern expositions of all the books of the New Testament. Written by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars, it is intended for biblical professionals, graduate students, theologians, clergy, and religious educators. The volumes present basic introductory information and close exposition, with each author adopting a specific methodology while maintaining a focus on the issues raised by the New Testament compositions themselves. The goal of Sacra Pagina is to provide sound, critical analysis without any loss of sensitivity to religious meaning. This series is therefore catholic in two senses of the word: inclusive in its methods and perspectives, and shaped by the context of the Catholic tradition.” –Logos description


Eerdmans |Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series, by Ben Witherington III

Examine the New Testament in greater depth with the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series. This 10-volume collection offers the first sustained attempt to read and study the New Testament as both an ancient biography (as regards the Gospels) and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Using sociorhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs. Verse-by-verse commentary on the Gospels, Acts, Romans, and several Pauline epistles will be valuable additions to your library.” –Logos description


Liturgical Press | Wisdom Commentary

“The Wisdom Commentary series is the first scholarly collaboration to offer detailed feminist interpretation of every book of the Bible. The fifty-eight volume collection makes the best of current feminist biblical scholarship available in an accessible format to aid preachers and teachers in their advancement toward God’s vision of dignity, equality, and justice for all” –publisher description


Thomas Nelson / Zondervan |Word Biblical Commentary

“WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.” –publisher description


Zondervan | Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT)

“The aim of the series is not to review and critique every possible interpretation of a passage, but rather to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting with attention to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. These texts are written primarily for pastors and Bible teachers, but its attention to contemporary issues in the church makes it a focused resource for anyone teaching, preaching, or studying these passages.” –logos description


Zondervan | Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (ZECOT)

“Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. With careful discourse analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text, the authors trace the flow of argument in each Old Testament book, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.” –publisher description

Specialized Commentaries


Zondervan | The Africa Bible Commentary

The Africa Bible Commentary is a unique publishing event—the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders. Interpreting and applying the Bible in the light of African culture and realities, it furnishes powerful and relevant insights into the biblical text that transcend Africa in their significance. The Africa Bible Commentary gives a section-by-section interpretation that provides a contextual, readable, affordable, and immensely useful guide to the entire Bible. Readers around the world will benefit from and appreciate the commentary’s fresh insights and direct style that engage both heart and mind. Key features: · Produced by African biblical scholars, in Africa, for Africa—and for the world · Section-by-section interpretive commentary and application · More than 70 special articles dealing with topics of key importance in to ministry in Africa today, but that have global implications · 70 African contributors from both English- and French-speaking countries · Transcends the African context with insights into the biblical text and the Christian faith for readers worldwide.” –publisher description


InterVarsity Press | Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

“Volumes in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) offer you the opportunity to study for yourself key writings of the early church fathers. Arranged canonically and employing the RSV, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture.

The ACCS is a postcritical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text artfully elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. The vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating, and introducing it to today’s readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power, and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.

An ecumenical project, the ACCS promotes a vital link of communication between the varied Christian traditions of today and their common ancient ancestors in the faith. On this shared ground we listen as leading pastoral theologians of six centuries gather around the text of Scripture and offer their best theological, spiritual, and pastoral insights.” –publisher description

This new commentary series focuses on the reception history of each book of the Bible. Click here to read more from the publisher’s hompegae.

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Eerdmans | The Church’s Bible

“In the early church all discussion of theological topics, of moral issues, and of Christian practice took the biblical text as the starting point, resulting in a substantial library of biblical commentaries and homilies. Unfortunately, this ancient body of writings is now known only in bits and pieces if at all. The Church’s Bible series brings this rich classical tradition of biblical interpretation to life once again. Compiled, translated, and edited by leading scholars, these volumes draw extensively from early and medieval commentators, illuminating Holy Scripture as it was understood during the first millennium of Christian history. Designed for clergy, Bible teachers, men and women in religious communities, and all serious students of Scripture, The Church’s Bible will lead contemporary readers into the inexhaustible spiritual and theological world of the early church and hence of the Bible itself.” –publisher description


Baker | Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

“Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to the Old Testament that may be unfamiliar or obscure. In this volume, G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team of scholars to isolate, catalog, and comment on both the obvious Old Testament quotations and the more subtle allusions found in the New Testament. The result is a comprehensive commentary on the Old Testament references that appear from Matthew through Revelation. It is a vital resource for the reference library of every student of the New Testament”-publisher description


B&H | Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament

“The EGGNT series has sought to bridge the gap between the text of the Greek New Testament and the available lexical and grammatical tools utilized by pastors and teachers around the world. The authors and editors of the EGGNT series have brought together the best and most up-to-date scholarship relevant to the task of understanding and establishing the text of the New Testament. At present, there are five available volumes and six New Testament books covered in the EGGNT series—Colossians and Philemon, James, 1 Peter, Philippians, and most recently, the Gospel of John.

Each volume in the EGGNT series begins with a brief introduction, a basic outline, and an annotated list of recommended commentaries on the particular New Testament book. The body of each volume is dedicated to a paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text, and the layout is intentionally crafted to present the necessary information to ensure a firm understanding of the text. Each section concludes with a thematically curated bibliography for further study on discussed topics, and a homiletical suggestions section that follows closely with the exegesis provided. Lastly, each volume concludes with a comprehensive exegetical outline of the entire book.” –publisher description


Abingdon | Hellenistic Commentary to the NT

“Arranged in canonical order for ease of use, this is the only complete collection of Hellenistic texts relating to the New Testament available in English: Greco-Roman authors, Jewish literature, papyri, Nag Hammadi sources, early church fathers, rabbinic writings.” –Amazon description


Jewish Publication Society | JPS Bible Commentaries

“The Jewish Publication Society’s highly acclaimed Bible Commentary series provides a line-by-line commentary of the original Hebrew Bible text, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, alongside the JPS English translation.” –publisher description


Eerdmans | New International Greek Testament Commentary

“This commentary series is established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded by general comments on each section and subsection of the text.

An important aim of the NIGTC authors is to interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs. In this connection the authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.

While engaging the major questions of text and interpretation at a scholarly level, the authors keep in mind the needs of the beginning student of Greek as well as the pastor or layperson who may have studied the language at some time but does not now use it on a regular basis.” –publisher description


Cambridge | New Testament Theology

This series, now complete, provides a programmatic survey of the individual writings of the New Testament. It aims to remedy the deficiency of available published material. New Testament specialists write at greater length than is usually possible in the introductions to commentaries or as part of other New Testament theologies, and explore the theological themes and issues of their chosen books without being tied to a commentary format, or to a thematic structure drawn from elsewhere.” –publisher description

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Cambridge | Old Testament Theology

“This series aims to remedy the deficiency of available published material on the theological concerns of the Old Testament books. Here, specialists explore the theological richness of a given book at greater length than is usually possible in the introductions to commentaries or as part of other Old Testament theologies. They are also able to investigate the theological themes and issues of their chosen books without being tied to a commentary format or to a thematic structure provided from elsewhere. When complete, the series will cover all the Old Testament writings and will thus provide an attractive and timely range of short texts around which courses can be developed.” –publisher description


InterVarsity Press | Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) provides a crucial link between the contemporary church and the great cloud of witnesses that is the historical church. The biblical insights and rhetorical power of the tradition of the Reformation are here made available as a powerful tool for the church of the twenty-first century. Like never before, believers can feel they are a part of a genuine tradition of renewal as they faithfully approach the Scriptures.

Each volume is designed to facilitate a rich research experience for preachers and teachers, and contains a unique introduction written by the volume editor, providing a reliable guide to the history of the period, the unique reception of the canon of Scripture and an orientation to the thinkers featured in the volume. Many of these texts are being published in English for the first time, and volumes also contain biographies of figures from the Reformation era, adding an essential reference for students of church history.” –publisher description

Zondervan | South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible

“A one-volume commentary, written and edited by South Asian Biblical scholars on all the books of the Bible.” – publisher description

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