Derek Thomas

Reformed Theological Seminary

Derek Thomas


Pastor and Professor

Derek Thomas is John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the Jackson campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. The reviews here are the "Recommended" commentaries listed in his The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher's Library 2nd edition, updated with John Tweeddale and published by First Pres Press and used with permission.



Genesis, Wenham, Gordon J.
Genesis, Currid, John D.
Exodus, Childs, Brevard S.
Exodus, Currid, John D.
The Message of Exodus, Motyer, J. Alec
Leviticus, Currid, John D.
The Message of Leviticus, Tidball, Derek
The Book of Leviticus, Wenham, Gordon J.
Numbers, Philip, James
Numbers, Wenham, Gordon J.
The Book of Deuteronomy, Craigie, Peter C.
Joshua: No Falling Words, Davis, Dale Ralph
The Book of Joshua, Woudstra, Marten H.
Judges, Ruth, Block, Daniel I.
Judges: Such a Great Salvation, Davis, Dale Ralph
Esther And Ruth , Duguid, Iain M.
The Book of Ruth, Hubbard, Robert L.
1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart, Davis, Dale Ralph
2 Kings: The Power and the Fury, Davis, Dale Ralph
1 Kings: Wisdom and the Folly, Davis, Dale Ralph
1 & 2 Chronicles, Allen, Leslie C.
2 Chronicles, Dillard, Raymond B.
1 & 2 Chronicles, Pratt, Richard L.
The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Fensham, F. Charles
Ezra & Nehemiah, Kidner, Derek
Esther, Baldwin, Joyce
Esther And Ruth , Duguid, Iain M.
Job, Andersen, Francis I.
Job, Clines, David J. A.
Psalms 101-150, Allen, Leslie C.
Psalms 1-50, Craigie, Peter C.
Psalms, Kidner, Derek
Studies in the Book of Psalms, Plumer, William S.
Psalms 51-100, Tate, Marvin E.
Proverbs, Bridges, Charles
Proverbs, Hubbard, David Allan
The Book of Proverbs, Waltke, Bruce K.
Ecclesiastes, Bridges, Charles
The Book of Ecclesiastes, Longman III, Tremper
The Prophecy of Isaiah, Motyer, J. Alec
Isaiah, Young, Edward J.
The Book of Jeremiah, Thompson, John A.
Song of Songs, Lamentations, Garrett, Duane A.; House, Paul R.
The Book of Ezekiel, Block, Daniel I.
Ezekiel, Duguid, Iain M.
Ezekiel, Stuart, Douglas
Daniel, Ferguson, Sinclair B.
Daniel, Longman III, Tremper
Daniel, Goldingay, John
Hosea - Jonah, Stuart, Douglas
Hosea - Jonah, Stuart, Douglas
Hosea - Jonah, Stuart, Douglas
Hosea - Jonah, Stuart, Douglas
Hosea - Jonah, Stuart, Douglas
Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Alexander, T. Desmond; Baker, David W.; Waltke, Bruce K.
The Books of Haggai and Malachi, Verhoef, Pieter A.
Malachi: God's Unchanging Love, Kaiser Jr., Walter C.
Matthew, Carson, Donald A.
The Gospel of Mark, Lane, William L.
Luke, Bock, Darrell L.
Luke, Bock, Darrell L.
Luke, Bock, Darrell L.
The Gospel According to John, Carson, Donald A.
The Book of Acts , Bruce, F. F.
Romans, Cranfield, C. E. B.
The Epistle to the Romans, Moo, Douglas J.
Romans, Moo, Douglas J.
Romans, Murray, John
Romans, Schreiner, Thomas R.
1 Corinthians, Hodge, Charles
1 Corinthians , Naylor, Peter
I & II Corinthians , Pratt, Richard L.
2 Corinthians, Hodge, Charles
Second Epistle to the Corinthians , Hughes, Philip Edgcumbe
2 Corinthians, Naylor, Peter
I & II Corinthians , Pratt, Richard L.
Galatians, George, Timothy
Galatians , Ryken, Philip Graham
Ephesians, Hodge, Charles
Ephesians, Lincoln, Andrew T.
Philippians, Silva, Moisés
Philippians, Thielman, Frank S.
The Epistles to the Thessalonians, Wanamaker, Charles A.
1 & 2 Timothy, Barcley, William B.
The Pastoral Epistles, Knight III, George W.
Hebrews , Brown, John
Hebrews, Lane, William L.
Hebrews, Owen, John
James, Manton, Thomas
The Letter of James, Moo, Douglas J.
1 Peter, Michaels, J. Ramsey
2 Peter and Jude, Bauckham, Richard J.
1 John , Candlish, Robert S.
The Book of Revelation, Beale, Gregory K.


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 Eternal Security / Assurance Israel and Church - Supersessionism 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 Teaching (Biblical and Rabbinic) Other Ministry