Top Commentaries on 2 Peter

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of 2 Peter are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 Peter that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the Bible, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more. (See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.)

Best Reviewed Bible Commentaries on 2 Peter



Jude-2 Peter (Word Biblical Commentary) by Richard Bauckham


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “by far the best work on 2 Peter and Jude”

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Timothy

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical but enormously useful commentary – the best on 2 Peter and Jude”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Many rank Bauckham’s work as the best commentary on these two biblical books. Unfortunately (and without sufficient reason) Bauckham concludes that Peter was not the author of 2 Peter.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.



Jude and 2 Peter (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Gene L. Green


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “especially strong on the Hellenistic context in which it was written”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “an interpretation of the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “If you are able to have only one commentary on 2 Peter and Jude, this recent commentary by Gene Green should be at the top of your wish list.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.” See more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.



The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Peter H. Davids


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “perhaps a first choice for pastors…accessible to the well-trained pastor”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “exposition of the English text”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Until the publication of Gene Green’s commentary, this volume by Peter Davids was the best commentary on these two neglected books.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Designed for serious pastors and teachers of the Bible, the Pillar commentaries seek above all to make clear the text of Scripture as we have it…[the authors’] ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.” See more about the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.



2 Peter, Jude (New International Version Application Commentary) by Douglas J. Moo


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “solid exegesis and theology, with application for today”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Moo is an outstanding New Testament scholar. This work should prove especially helpful to pastors.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.



1, 2 Peter, Jude (New American Commentary) by Thomas Schreiner


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter, “nicely displays Schreiner’s combination of exegesis and theological reflection couched in admirable clarity”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, “Thomas Schreiner’s work is always worth consulting. He has written some very good works on New Testament theology,and his strengths in this area shine through in this commentary. Very helpful.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.” See more about the New American Commentary series.



2 Peter and Jude (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Michael Green


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a good commentary for the busy pastor”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.



The Epistles of Peter and of Jude (Black’s New Testament Commentary) by J.N.D. Kelly


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a very helpful and clear exposition”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Black’s New Testament Commentary has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary.” See more about Black’s New Testament Commentary series.



More Bible Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



1–2 Peter and Jude: The Fellowship of the Gospel and The Supremacy of Christ (Preaching the Word) by David R. Helm


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible. Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.” See more about the Preaching the Word commentary series.



1-2 Peter (St. Andrews Expositional Commentary) by R.C. Sproul


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From Dr. Sproul: The St. Andrews Expositional Commentary series “is a written record of my preaching labors amidst my beloved Sanford congregation. The dear saints who sit under my preaching encouraged me to give my sermons a broader hearing. To that end, the chapters that follow were adapted from a sermon series I preached at St. Andrews.”



2 Peter (Teach the Text Commentary Series) by Jim Samra


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.” See more about the Teach the Text Bible commentary series.



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Message of 2 Peter and Jude (The Bible Speaks Today) by Dick Lucas and Christopher Green


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.” See more about the Bible Speaks Today commentary series.



1 and 2 Peter and Jude (Focus on the Bible) by Paul Gardner


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.” See more about the Focus on the Bible commentary series.



1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude (Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary) by J. Daryl Charles


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.”



2 Peter and Jude (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary) by Ruth Anne Reese


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the New Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THNTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture.” See more about the Two Horizons Bible commentary series.



2 Peter and Jude (IVP New Testament Commentary) by Robert Harvey and Philip H. Towner


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume, informed by the best of up-to-date evangelical scholarship, presents passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV along with background information on authorship, setting, theme and various interpretive issues… Preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.” See more about IVP New Testament Commentary series.



1 and 2 Peter (A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary) by Ben Witherington III


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Using sociorhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series.



1-2 Peter, Jude (Understanding the Bible) by Norman Hillyer


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.” See more about the Understanding the Bible commentary series.



1 and 2 Peter and Jude (New Testament Library) by Lewis R. Donelson


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text.” See more about the New Testament Library series.



1-2 Peter, James, and Jude (Interpretation) by Pheme Perkins


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.” See more about the Interpretation commentary series.



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



2 Peter and Jude (MacArthur New Testament Commentary) by John MacArthur


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse—sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.”



1 and 2 Peter (Geneva Series of Commentaries) by Alexander Nisbet


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Alexander Nisbet’s commentary on 1 & 2 Peter provides an outstanding practical treatment of his epistles. This Geneva Series of Commentaries is ideal aid for preachers, teachers, group leaders and all students or readers of the Bible. Perhaps of all the apostles, most Christians find themselves most readily drawn to Simon Peter.”



Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter (Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries) by John Calvin


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “The power of John Calvin’s verse-by-verse study of Hebrews and the First and Second Epistles of Peter is masterfully captured in this translation by William B. Johnston. Precise and authoritative, yet lucid and very readable…”



Second Peter (Thru the Bible Commentary Series) by J. Vernon McGee


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”


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