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Recommended Commentaries

Gospels and Acts

Please note: While there are many fine commentaries not listed below, these are generally regarded as some of the best.

 

Matthew

Carson, D. A. Matthew. Rev ed.  The Expositor’s Bible Commentary 9. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. (BS 491.2 .E96 2005 v.9)

Davies, W. D. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew. 3 vols. The International Critical Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1988. (BS491 .I6 v.26 1988)

France, R. T. The Gospel of Matthew. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. (BS2575.53 .F77 2007)

Morris, Leon. The Gospel According to Matthew. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1992. (BS2575.3 .B6 1992)

Blomberg, Craig. Matthew: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. Vol. 22. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1992. (BS2575.3 .B6 1992)

Osborne, Grant R. Matthew. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. (BS2575.53 .O83 2009). Ebook available.

 

Mark

Edwards, James R. The Gospel According to Mark. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. (BS2585.53 .E39x 2002)

France, R. T. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. (BS2585.53 .F73 2002)

Lane, William L. The Gospel According to Mark. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974. (BS2585.3 .L36)

Brooks, James. Mark: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. Vol. 23. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1991. (BS2585.3 .B764 1991)

Stein, Robert H. Mark. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008. (BS2585.53 .S74 2008). Ebook available.

 

Luke

Bock, Darrell L. Luke. 2 vols. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1994. (BS2595.3 .B58 1994)

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. (BS2595.3 .G74 1997)

Marshall, I. Howard. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. 1st ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978. (BS2341.2 .N492x)

Stein, Robert H. Luke: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. Vol. 24. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Holman Reference, 1992. (BS2595.3 .S74 1992)

 

John

Carson, D. A. The Gospel According to John. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (BS 2615.3 .C357 2000)

Kostenberger, Andreas J. John. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004. (BS2615.53 .K67 2004)

Brown, Raymond E. The Epistles of John. Anchor Bible Commentary. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1982. (BS2805.3 .B76x 1982)

Barrett, C. K. Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction With Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster John Knox Press, 1978. (BS2615.3 .B38 1978)

Keener, Craig S. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. 2nd ed. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003. (BS2615.53 .K44 2003)

Morris, Leon. The Gospel According to John. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1995. (BS2615.3 .M67 1995)

 

Acts

Bock, Darrell L. Acts. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007. (BS2625.53 .B63 2007). Ebook available.

Bruce, F. F. The Book of the Acts. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1988. (BS2625.3 .B72x 1988)

Barrett, C. K. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. 2 vols. International Critical Commentary. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1994. (BS491 .I6 v.30 1994)

Keener, Craig. Acts: An Exegetical Commentary. Baker Academic. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012. (BS2625.53 .K446)

Peterson, David. The Acts of the Apostles. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. (BS2625.53 .P43 2009)

Schnabel, Eckhard J. Acts. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. (BS 2625.53 .S35 2012)

Pauline Epistles

Romans

Moo, Douglas J. The Epistle to the Romans. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. (BS2665.3 .M55 1996)

Schreiner, Thomas. Romans. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. (BS2665.3 .S36 1998)

Cranfield, C. E. B. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. 2 vols. International Critical Commentary. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2001. (BS491 .I6 v.32 2001)

Murray, John. The Epistle to the Romans : the English Text with Introduction, Exposition and Notes. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1968.  (BS2665.3 .M8)

 

 

1 Corinthians

Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. 1st ed. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1987. (BS2675.3 .F43 1987)

Thiselton, Anthony C. The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (BS 2675.3 .T45 2000)

Garland, David E. 1 Corinthians. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003. (BS2675.53 .G37 2003)

Barrett, C. K. The First Epistle to Corinthians. 1st ed. Vol. 7. Black’s New Testament Commentaries. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1993. (BS2675.3 .B3 1993)

Conzelmann, Hans. 1 Corinthians: A Commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Hermeneia--A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1975. (BS 2675.3 .C6613 1975)

 

2 Corinthians

Harris, Murray J. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids.: Eerdmans, 2005. (BS2675.53 .H37 2005)

Garland, David E. 2 Corinthians: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. 1st ed. Vol. 29. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Holman Reference, 1999. (BS2675.3 .G37 1999)

Barnett, Paul. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. (BS2675.3 .B29 1997)

Martin, Ralph P. 2 Corinthians. Word Biblical Commentary. Waco: Word Books, 1986. (BS2675.3 .M37x 1986)

Belleville, Linda L. 2 Corinthians. Vol. 8. IVP New Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1996. (BS2675.3 .B45 1995)

Guthrie, George H. 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. (BS2675.52 .G88). Ebook available.

 

Galatians

Moo, Douglas J. Galatians. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013. (BS2685.53 .M65 2013). Ebook available.

Bruce, F. F. The Epistle to the Galatians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1982. (BS2685.3 .B75 1982)

Fung, Ronald Y. K. The Epistle to the Galatians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. (BS2685.3 .F86 1988)

Longenecker, Richard N. Galatians. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word Books, 1990. (BS2685.3 .L66x 1990)

Schreiner, Thomas R. Galatians. Vol. 9. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010. (BS2685.53 .S37 2010). Ebook available.

 

Ephesians

Hoehner, Harold. Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002. (BS2695.53 .H64 2002)

Arnold, Clinton E. Ephesians. Vol. 10. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010. (BS2695.53 .A76 2010). Ebook available.

Lincoln, Andrew T. Ephesians. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word Books, 1990. (BS2695.3 .L56x 1990)

Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1984. (BS2650.3 .B78 1984)

 

Philippians

Fee, Gordon D. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995. (BS2705.3 .G67 1995)

Hansen, G. Walter. The Letter to the Philippians. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. (BS2705.53 .H35 2009)

Silva, Moises. Philippians. 2nd ed. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005. (BS2705.3 .S5 2005)

 

Colossians, Philemon

Dunn, James D. G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. (BS2715.3 .D86 1996)

Moo, Douglas J. The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008. (BS2715.53 .M66 2008)

Pao, David W. Colossians and Philemon. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. (BS2715.53 .P36 2012)

Harris, Murray J. Colossians and Philemon. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament). Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2010. (BS2715.53 .H37x 2010) * Not precisely a commentary.

 

1-2 Thessalonians

Fee, Gordon D. The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. (BS2725.53 .F44 2009)

Green, Gene L. The Letters to the Thessalonians. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. (BS2725.53 .G74 2002)

Malherbe, Abraham J. The Letters to the Thessalonians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. The Anchor Bible. New York: Doubleday, 2000. (BS2725.3 .M354x 2000)

Shogren, Gary Steven. 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. (BS2725.53 .A76 2012)

Wanamaker, Charles A. The Epistles to the Thessalonians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990. (BS2725.3 .W35 1990)

 

1-2 Timothy, Titus

Knight, George W. The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992. (BS2735.3 .K55 1992)

Mounce, William D. Pastoral Epistles. Word Biblical Commentary. Nashville: T. Nelson, 2000. (BS2735.3 .M686x 2000)

Towner, Philip H. The Letters to Timothy and Titus. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. (BS2735.53 .T69 2006)

Marshall, I. Howard. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. International Critical Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999. (BS491 .I6 v.39 1999)

General Epistles

Hebrews

Lane, William L. Hebrews 1-8 (BS2775.3 .L36x 1991) and Hebrews 9-13 (BS2775.3 .L362x 1991). Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word Books, 1991.

Ellingworth, Paul. The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993. (BS2775.3 .E455 1993)

Bruce, F. F. The Epistle to the Hebrews: The English Text with Introduction, Exposition, and Notes. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1964. (BS2775.3 .B7)

Attridge, Harold W. The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Hermeneia--A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1989. (BS2775.3 .A88 1989)

Hughes, Philip. Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1977. (BS2775.3 .H84)

 

James

Moo, Douglas J. The Letter of James. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (BS 2785.3 .M652x 2000)

Davids, Peter H. The Epistle of James: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982. (BS2785.3 .D38)

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Letter of James: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. The Anchor Bible. New York: Doubleday, 1995. (BS2785.3 .J646x 1995)

McCartney, Dan. James. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. (BS2785.53 .M36 2009). Ebook available.

McKnight, Scot. The Letter of James. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. (BS2785.53 .M37 2011)

 

1 Peter

Schreiner, Thomas R. 1, 2 Peter, Jude. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Holman Reference, 2003. (BS2795.53 .S33x 2003)

Achtemeier, Paul J. Peter 1. Hermeneia--A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996. (BS2795.2 .A24 1996)

Elliott, John H. 1 Peter. Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries. New York, NY: Yale University Press, 2000. (BS2795.3 .E455x 2000)

Jobes, Karen H. 1 Peter. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005. (BS2795.53 .J63 2005)

Davids, Peter H. The First Epistle of Peter. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990. (BS2795.3 .D32 1990)

Michaels, J. Ramsey. 1 Peter. Word Biblical Commentary. Waco: Word Books, 1988. (BS2795.3 .M53x 1989)

 

2 Peter, Jude

Schreiner, Thomas R. 1, 2 Peter, Jude. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Holman Reference, 2003. (BS2795.53 .S33x 2003)

Bauckham, Richard. Jude, 2 Peter. Word Biblical Commentary. Waco: Word Books, 1983. (BS2795.3 .B38x 1983)

Davids, Peter H. The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. (BS2795.53 .D38 2006)

Green, Gene L. Jude and 2 Peter. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008. (BS2815.53 .G74 2008). Ebook available.

 

1-3 John

Stott, John R.W. The Letters of John. Vol. 19. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Leicester, England: Send the Light, 1988. (BS2805.3 .S74 1988)

Kruse, Colin G. The Letters of John. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000. (BS 2805.3 .K78 2000)

Yarbrough, Robert W. 1-3 John. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008. (BS2805.53 .Y37 2008). Ebook available.

Brown, Raymond Edward. The Epistles of John. The Anchor Bible. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982. (BS2805.3 .B76x 1982)

Marshall, I. Howard. The Epistles of John. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978. (BS2805.3 .M37 1978)

 

Revelation

Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. (BS2825.3 .B242 1999)

Mounce, Robert H. The Book of Revelation. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. (BS2825.3 .M69 1998)

Osborne, Grant R. Revelation. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002. (BS 2825.53 .O73 2002)

Aune, David E. Revelation. Vol. 1, 2, and 3. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas, TX: Word Books, 1997-1998. (BS2825.3 .A96x 1997)

Thomas, Robert L. Revelation 1-7 Exegetical Commentary (BS 2825.3 .T46 1992) and Revelation 8-22 Exegetical Commentary (BS 2825.3 .T462 1995).Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1992, 1995.