Commentaries I Would Not Do Without

R. Hansen


I find that I read a lot of commentaries. Many of which I find somewhat helpful but end up reselling on Amazon. There are a some, however, that are so good they end up staying on my shelf and I consult them over and over. That is what this list is. Commentaries I would definitely recommend you own. There will be some books of the Bible that have no entries as I have not done as much study on them, and other with many entries. It also is very diverse with some commentaries being short and devotional while others being longer verse by verse commentaries. Mostly these will be commentaries, however, that are geared for the pastor, Bible study leader, or just average person who really wants to get to know a book of the Bible better.

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Mathews, Kenneth A. Genesis. 2 Vols. NAC. Broadman Holman, 1996. Genesis Genesis: ranked 3
Achtemeier, Elizabeth. Minor Prophets 1. UBOT. Hendrickson Publishers, 1997. Minor Prophets 1 Hosea: ranked 7
Joel: (not ranked)
Amos: (not ranked)
Obadiah: (not ranked)
Jonah: (not ranked)
Micah: (not ranked)
Craigie, Peter C. Twelve Prophets, Volume 1. DSB. Westminster John Knox, 1984. Twelve Prophets, Volume 1 Hosea: ranked 20
Joel: (not ranked)
Amos: (not ranked)
Obadiah: (not ranked)
Jonah: (not ranked)
Craigie, Peter C. Twelve Prophets, Volume 2. DSB. Westminster John Knox, 2006. Twelve Prophets, Volume 2 Micah: (not ranked)
Nahum: ranked 23
Habakkuk: ranked 7
Zephaniah: (not ranked)
Haggai: (not ranked)
Zechariah: ranked 8


Top Commentaries by Book Top Commentaries by Series Forthcoming & Unreleased Commentaries
Pentateuch History Poetry Prophets Minor Prophets
Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1/2 Samuel 1/2 Kings 1/2 Chronicles Ezra/Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Songs Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi
OT Theology OT Introduction Atlases Biblical-Theological Dictionaries Archaeology Hebrew Lexicons Hebrew Grammars (Introductory) Hebrew Grammars (Intermediate) Hebrew Grammars (Advanced) Old Testament Canon/Textual Criticism Histories of Israel Ancient Near Eastern Histories Sociological and Anthropological Studies Feminist, Minority, and Third World Studies Literary Approaches Israelite Religion Messianic Judaism OT Apocryphal
Gospels/Acts Pauline Epistles General Epistles
Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1/2 Thessalonians Pastoral Epistles Philemon Hebrews James 1 Peter 2 Peter/Jude Johannine Epistles Revelation
Primary Source Materials NT Grammar NT Textual Criticism Lexical Analysis NT Introductions NT Theology History and Religion NT Apocryphal
Dictionaries / Encyclopedias Jesus & the Gospels Pauline Studies
Systematics Subjects
Systematic Theology Prolegomena Scriptures and Revelation Trinitarianism Doctrine of God Humanity/Anthropology Harmartiology/Sin Pneumatology/Holy Spirit Christology Soteriology/Salvaion Angels and Demons The Church Eschatology Biblical Theology Providence/Soveriegnty Ethics Sola Scriptura Theological Dictionaries Narrative Themes
Christian Life Ministry
Biblical Counseling Anxiety Technology Preaching