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Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 5 – New Testament Commentaries

Here are some commentaries that I have found exceptionally helpful.


On Matthew I go to Bruner’s 2 volume commentary (Vol 1 & Vol 2) and if I want something way more technical I check out Davies and Allison 3 volumes in the ICC. Here is a link to their “shorter commentary” that is an edited down version of those three 3 volumes.


For Luke, Bock is your guy. He has written extensively on Luke with the most thorough being his 2 volumes in Baker. Following Bock is Joel Green’s commentary in the NICNT (New International Commentary on the New Testament).


The Gospel According to John by D.A. Carson (Pillar) – I purchased this in grad school and it is still my “go to” commentary on John.


The Gospel of John: A Commentary by Bruner – I am tempted to rank this one higher than Carson first because it has the best sub-heading in the history of commentaries and second because it is just that good. The insights are fantastic and I cannot imagine studying John without this book.


Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (Baker – 4 volumes) by Keener – I have to admit that I have not read all umpteen zillion pages of this commentary but I have worked through the first three volumes when I preached through Acts last year. I believe this set will stand the test of time as the must have commentary on the book of Acts. It is very expensive to get all four and the research is extensive. So if you need something simpler on Acts go with Acts: A Shorter Commentary by C.K. Barrett. If you just want the gist and some important connecting pieces in the narrative go with Reading Acts by Talbert.


Romans (Hermeneia) by Jewett – I believe this is the best single volume commentary on Acts around. It is expensive so if you want to go a bit less expensive go with Cranfield’s “Shorter Commentary” on Romans. If you are struggling through Romans 9-11 check out Paul and the Faithfulness of God by N.T. Wright. If you want a comprehensive, multi-volume works that incorporates the New Perspective on Paul go with Dunn’s 2 volume commentary in Word.


When it comes to 1-2 Corinthians I go to Ben Witherington’s commentary on both books in 1 volume.


Another commentary that I go to frequently is Peter O’Brien’s Ephesians commentary in the Pillar series as well as his Colossians & Philemon commentary in Word. The Word commentaries are more technical and require more knowledge of Greek than the Pillar commentaries.


If you are studying the Pastorals check out Towner in NICNT.


The best Hebrews commentary is Attridge’s stand out commentary in Hermeneia. Again, those are expensive commentaries but worth every penny! If you are looking for something solid and scholarly but less expensive go with F.F. Bruce in the NICNT. If you want a great Hebrews commentary from a preacher, geared toward preaching check out Tom Long’s Hebrews commentary in Interpretation. It is very, very good.


On James my first stop is Luke Timothy Johnson in Anchor Bible. I am indebted to him for helping me iron out the James/Paul works/faith component in James. McKnight also has an excellent commentary in the NICNT series that you will want to consider.


Try out John Elliot in Anchor on 1 Peter. Talk about thorough. I have used it often and he never disappoints.


Revelation is always a tricky one. I have used a few commentaries on Revelation that I have really enjoyed so I will toss a few out there and give various reasons to go to each one. Reddish’s commentary is a very well balanced commentary that is good for just general study as is Mounce’s volume in NICNT. If you want to dig deeper than Reddish you will want to go with one of three options and I will list them in order of how technical they are (read that how much Greek you need to know) from least technical to most: Osborne in Baker, Aune’s 3 volume commentary in Word and Beale NIGTC (those last two are both highly technical).

Review and Giveaway of Logos’ Newest Product – Logos Cloud

So Logos is on to something. I have really enjoyed their software since I first started using it but what they developed this past year is really taking them to another level. I am going to tell you what they have come up with and then offer you a chance to win a 1 yearContinue Reading

Logos Review: Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey

The Theological Interpretation of the New Testament, edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, is an attempt in compiling this collection of writing on the theology of the various books of the New Testament is to get back to a search for God in the scriptures rather than just trying to reconstruct social, historical and religious contextsContinue Reading

Logos Free Book of the Month: N.T. Wright’s “The Lord and His Prayer”

Every month Logos offers one free resource…always something to check out. To see what they have given away and to keep up with the latest including “The Lord and His Prayer” see this link. This month’s is not one to pass up, N.T. Wright’s “The Lord and His Prayer.” This is a fantastic book onContinue Reading

Logos Review: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel of John (Vol 1 & 2)

This is one of those resources I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I was prepping to teach a Wednesday night series on the Gospel of John and I just had to have Keener on my team. I have grown to appreciate Craig Keener’s work on Bible backgrounds as well as his book Paul,Continue Reading

In Home Thanksgiving Bible Study

Many churches will cancel Wednesday evening Bible classes next week due to Thanksgiving. Instead of having class, we are giving out an in-home Bible study for people to do on their own or as a family. I am uploading it here in case that is of any help to any churches or people who areContinue Reading

Logos Review: The Book of Revelation (NIGTC) By G.K. Beale

Beale’s Revelation Commentary in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series is excellent. It is listed as one of the top commentaries on Revelation by Scot McKnight and, although as McKnight notes slightly dated (1999), it is extremely thorough. Beale goes to great lengths to give you the major interpretations of the most important aspectsContinue Reading

Logos Giveaway Contest

Logos is going to be giving away the 9 volume Tyndale Ministry collection on August 19th. I know some of you use Logos products and I have really benefited from using them in my studies so I like to pass these things along when they come up. This collection includes: How to Live Forever byContinue Reading

Writing Teacher Training Material – Seeking Feedback

I am considering writing up some teacher training material for adult Bible class teachers. Here are the topics I am considering. What would you add or subtract? Lesson 1 – Why? Purpose of Teaching the Bible Lesson 2 –  How? Study and Preparation Lesson 3 – How? Teaching the Material Lesson 4 – Dealing withContinue Reading

Bible Class Material on 2 Corinthians

Here is a Bible class I taught on 2 Corinthians several years ago. I am adding it to the Bible class archive/small group lessons here on the blog and wanted to give it a mention. 2 Corinthians


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