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Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Bible Commentary books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Queer Bible Commentary (2015)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies.Rather than a verse-by-verse analysis, typical of more traditional commentaries, contributors to this volume focus specifically upon those portions of the book that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, the reification of heterosexuality, the question of lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, the transgendered voices of the…
Author(s): Deryn Guest, Robert Goss , et al.

2. Nelson’s Compact Series: Compact Bible Commentary (2004)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe ability to translate scripture into modern-day application is at your fingertips. Nelson’s new Compact Bible Commentary is perfect for beginning Bible readers, students, pastors, and teachers—ordinary believers seeking a fresh and current perspective—all in a portable travel size. Over forty evangelical scholars created this rich resource, an abridgement of the already-successful Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary. It is compact yet comprehensive, engaging every book of the Bible. Easy-to-understand translations and verse-by-verse explanations,…
Author(s): Thomas Nelson, Earl D. Radmacher , et al.

3. The Oxford Bible Commentary (2013)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhether you see the Bible as the living word of God, or as a highly significant document from the ancient world, or as one of the classic works of world literature, The Oxford Bible Commentary will put in your hands everything you need to study and understand the biblical text. Here is a monumental, line-by-line critical commentary on the Bible, covering all the books that appear in the NRSV. An essential reference work, this definitive book provides authoritative, non-denominational commentary written by an international team of more than 70 leading scholars from various religious backgrounds. Incorporating the…
Author(s): John Barton, John Muddiman

4. Nelson’s Quick Reference Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Commentary: Nelson’s Quick Reference Series (1994)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEnd the frustration of being unable to locate a Scripture, find a biblical word definition, or get a historical fact when you need it. Within this time-saving and convenient Bible commentary, acclaimed Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe takes you through each book of the Bible, chapter by chapter, and makes it easy to: “When we read the Bible devotionally, we focus on the spiritual essentials, not the historical or geographical accidentals. God has often encouraged me from the first chapter of Joshua, but that doesn’t mean that I can walk into the…
Author(s): Warren W. Wiersbe

5. KJV Standard Lesson Commentary® Deluxe Edition 2019-2020 (2019)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKey features include: The Deluxe Edition features online and download access for the Standard Lesson eCommentary. Access is available through your choice of or . Both software options include the full text of the Standard Lesson Commentary (both KJV and NIV® editions) as well as:   The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a…
Author(s): Standard Publishing

6. KJV Standard Lesson Commentary® Large Print Edition 2019-2020 (2019)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKey features include:   The SLC, available in the King James Version and New International Version Bible translations, is based on the popular Uniform Series, also called the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL). This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.   The four main themes of the 2019-2020 study are:   SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class, personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the…
Author(s): Standard Publishing

7. Daniel (Everyday Bible Commentary series) (2018)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWe love the stories of courage and faith in Daniel, but the prophecy in the second half of the book can befuddle us. What we need is a guide—someone who can paint a picture of the historical background that brings the stories in Daniel to life, and who can explain all the prophetic symbolism clearly and simply. This is what the best preachers do, but you don’t have to wait until Sunday’s sermon. Encounter the beautiful depth of Daniel through an enlightening verse-by-verse commentary from John C. Whitcomb that’s both straightforward and insightful. You’ll gain: You…
Author(s): John C. Whitcomb

8. The Complete Bible Commentary (2008)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Williams’s Complete Bible Commentary is a valued volume in my library.”-Billy Graham This insightful, biblically faithful commentary is one of the most informative single-volume commentaries available. It includes an introduction to each book of the Bible as well as helpful comments on the book’s history and themes. Individual words and phrases throughout the text are explained with the aid of Williams’s extensive knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. For decades pastors, teachers, and Bible students have consistently found it a reliable and concise guide to biblical interpretation,…
Author(s): George Williams

9. Global Bible Commentary (2004)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Global Bible Commentary invites its users to expand their horizon by reading the Bible with scholars from all over the world and from different religious persuasions.  These scholars have approaches and concerns that often are poles apart.  Yet they share two basic convictions:  biblical interpretation always matters; and reading the Bible “with others” is highly rewarding.   Each of the short commentaries of the Global Bible Commentary is a readily accessible guide for reading a biblical book. Written for undergraduate and seminary…
Author(s): Daniel Patte

10. Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (2010)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn his clear and readable, style Walter Brueggemann presents Genesis as a single book set within the context of the whole of biblical revelation. He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the church. He interprets Genesis as a proclamation of God’s decisive dealing with creation rather than as history of myth. Brueggemann’s impressive perspective illuminates the study of the first book of the Bible.Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs,…
Author(s): Walter Brueggemann

11. Precepts For Living: The UMI Annual Bible Commentary 2019-2020 (2019)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe 2019-2020 edition of the Precepts For Living ® Annual Bible commentary will enhance your personal Bible study and the impact of your Bible teaching with powerful, life-transforming insights, an amazing depth of study, and creative-teaching resources. Precepts For Living ® , published by UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), is based on the International Uniform Lesson Series, and provides parallel KJV and NLT translations. The in-depth historical, biographical, and geographic insights are important in breaking down the Word of God, allowing for ease of understanding and…
Author(s): Urban Ministries, Inc., et al.

12. Psalms – Everyday Bible Commentary (2019)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThere is nothing that can speak to the Christian’s heart quite like the Psalms. These cherished songs lead us into worship, guide our lament, and teach us to pray. But they are even more vibrant when we understand the context, author’s intent, and recognize what this means for our lives today. This is what the best preachers do, but you don’t have to wait until Sunday’s sermon. Encounter the beautiful depth of Psalms through an enlightening chapter-by-chapter commentary from Robert L. Alden that’s both straightforward and insightful. This single-volume commentary is helpfully divided into…
Author(s): Robert L. Alden

13. NIV Compact Bible Commentary (1999)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis readable guide to the Bible is full of facts and pictures about the arts, culture, geography, geology, theologies, philosophies, and lifestyles of biblical times. It contains concise definitions of persons, places, objects and events, and invaluable summaries of the books of the Bible. Included is information about archaeological finds in the Holy Land and maps of the ancient world. #115,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #463 in Christian Commentaries (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): John H. Sailhamer

14. NBBC, Acts: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (New Beacon Bible Commentary) (2015)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe book of Acts portrays the earliest followers of the risen and ascended Christ. Throughout its pages, from Pentecost onward, God is continually present in the lives of believers, empowering them as they declare through word and deed what God has done for the people of Israel-and ultimately for the rest of the world –through Christ. In this NBBC, Richard Thompson skillfully delves into these ideas and teases out their implications for today. Maintaining on sound evidence that Acts follows the Gospel of Luke as a second volume, Thompson brings the Third Gospel into his examination of Acts, showing how the Lukan portrayal…
Author(s): Richard P. Thompson

15. Precepts For Living: The UMI Annual Bible Commentary 2019-2020 Large Print (2019)

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe 2019-2020 edition of the Precepts For Living ® Annual Bible commentary will enhance your personal Bible study and the impact of your Bible teaching with powerful, life-transforming insights, an amazing depth of study, and creative-teaching resources. Precepts For Living ® ,published by UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), is based on the International Uniform Lesson Series, and provides parallel KJV and NLT translations. The in-depth historical, biographical, and geographic insights are important in breaking down the Word of God, allowing for ease of understanding and…
Author(s): Urban Ministries, Inc., et al.

Best Bible Commentary Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some bible commentary books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Psalms through the centuries Volume 2: a reception history commentary on Psalms 1-72

Author(s): Gillingham, Susan E
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, Year: 2018, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2226994

Jubilees: A Commentary in Two Volumes

Author(s): James C VanderKam; Sidnie White Crawford
Publisher: Fortress Press, Year: 2018, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2321676

The Hebrew Bible - A Translation With Commentary (Vol: Three-Volume Set) by Robert Alter.

Author(s): Robert Alter
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2325561

Deuteronomy (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)

Author(s): Michael Alan Grisanti
Publisher: Zondervan, Year: 2017, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2186998

New Collegeville Bible Commentary: One Volume Hardcover Edition

Author(s): Daniel Durken OSB
Publisher: Liturgical Press, Year: 2017, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2232028

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition, New Testament

Author(s): Kenneth L. Barker , John R. Kohlenberger
Publisher: Zondervan, Year: 2017, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2346012

Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation: Fortress Commentary on the Bible Study Edition

Author(s): by Margaret Aymer (Author, Editor), Cynthia Briggs Kittredge (Editor), David A. Sanchez (Editor)
Publisher: Fortress Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2367926

The Prophets: Fortress Commentary on the Bible Study Edition

Author(s): Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., Matthew J. M. Coomber
Publisher: Fortress Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2368301

The Pentateuch: Fortress Commentary on the Bible Study Edition

Author(s): Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., Matthew J. M. Coomber
Publisher: Fortress Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2368388

The Historical Writings: Fortress Commentary on the Bible Study Edition

Author(s): Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., Matthew J. M. Coomber
Publisher: Fortress Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2368569

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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