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 8
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 Press, 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 Press, 2006. Twelve Prophets, Volume 2 Micah : (not ranked)
Nahum : ranked 24
Habakkuk : ranked 6
Zephaniah : (not ranked)
Haggai : (not ranked)
Zechariah : ranked 7


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 Primary Source Material OT Canon OT Textual Criticism OT Hermeneutics OT Introductions OT Theology OT Theological Dictionaries OT Archaeology Hebrew Lexicons Hebrew Grammars (Introductory) Hebrew Grammars (Intermediate) Hebrew Grammars (Advanced) OT Backgrounds OT Dictionaries / Encyclopedias OT History and Religion Ancient Near Eastern Histories Israelite Religion OT Extra-Biblical Literature Studies Documentary Hypothesis Deuternomic History Other OT Studies and Issues
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
NT Primary Source Material NT Canon NT Criticism NT Textual Criticism NT Hermeneutics NT Introductions NT Theology NT Theological Dictionaries NT Archaeology Greek Lexical Analysis Greek Lexicons Greek Grammar (Introductory) Greek Grammars (Intermediate) Greek Grammars (Advanced) NT Backgrounds NT Dictionaries / Encyclopedias NT History and Religion NT Near Eastern Histories NT Church History / Apostolic Period NT Extra-Biblical Literature Studies Jesus and the Gospels Synoptic Gospels and Surrounding Issues The Book of Acts in its First Century Setting Pauline Studies Johannine Studies Petrine Studies Lukan Studies Other NT Studies and Issues
Systematics Subjects
Systematic Theology Bible/Bibliology Doctrine of God/Theology Humanity/Anthropology Sin/Harmartiology Jesus Christ/Christology Holy Spirit/Pneumatology Salvation/Soteriology Angels and Demons/Angelology The Church/Ecclesiology End Times/Eschatology Israel/Israelology Rewards/Misthology Other Systematics Biblical Theology Biblical Hermeneutics Biblical Canon Scriptures and Revelation Narrative Themes Prolegomena Trinitarianism Sacraments Providence/Soveriegnty Heaven and Hell Worship Theology Ethics Origins Apologetics Worldviews/Philosophies Biblical Archaeology Environmental Issues Ancient Near Eastern Theology Modern Near Eastern Theology Judaism Messianic Judaism Church History (incl. Post Apostolic) Historical Theology Second Temple Judaism Other Theological Subjects
Christian Life Ministry
Workplace Home Anxiety / Depression etc. Technology Prayer / Intercession Bible Study Cultural Issues Other Life Issues Mission / Evangelism Church Growth Preaching Church Leadership Discipleship Pastoral Care Biblical Counseling Worship Praxis Other Ministry