Top Commentaries on 2 Thessalonians

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of 2 Thessalonians are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 Thessalonians 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 Thessalonians



The Letters to the Thessalonians (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Gene L. Green


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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “useful exposition of the letters”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; “probably the best commentary on these letters currently available”

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.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (Word Biblical Commentary) by F.F. Bruce


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a solid commentary on the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; “The fruits of a lifetime of New Testament study shine through on every page. Highly recommended.”

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.



1-2 Thessalonians (The IVP New Testament Commentary) by G.K. Beale


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; “Beale always has interesting food for thought”

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “the best non-technical commentary for pastors”

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 the IVP New Testament Commentary series.



The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Gordon Fee


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a sparkling and clear exposition”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.” See more about the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Thessalonians

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; “the primary benefit of reading Witherington’s commentaries is the wealth of contextual background information he provides”

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.



The Epistle to the Thessalonians (New International Greek Testament Commentary) by Charles A. Wanamaker


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical and helpful exposition”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; “a very useful work for those doing in-depth study”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGTC will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGTC are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.” See more about the New International Greek Testament Commentary series.



The Letters to the Thessalonians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Abraham J. Malherbe


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a fine commentary by an expert in Hellenistic literature”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.” See more about the Anchor Bible Commentary series.



1-2 Thessalonians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Jefferey A.D. Weima


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

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.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (New International Version Application Commentary) by Michael W. Holmes


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

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 and 2 Thessalonians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Gary S. Shogren


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “may well become the pastor’s first recourse to a Greek-language commentary of these epistles…unusually accessible”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “The idea for this series was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the Greek text…We arrived at a design that includes seven components for the treatment of each biblical passage”: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application.” See more about the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (The New Century Bible Commentary) by I. Howard Marshall


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a brief and insightful exposition of the letters”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek… Utilizing recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.”



The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (Black’s New Testament Commentary) by Ernest Best


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a thorough investigation of various exegetical options”

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 Expository Commentaries



1 and 2 Thessalonians (Reformed Expositional Commentary) by Richard D. Phillips


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

Purpose: The REC series has “four fundamental commitments. First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.” See more about the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



The Message of 1 and 2 Thessalonians (The Bible Speaks Today) by John Stott


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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.



1-2 Thessalonians (New American Commentary) by D. Michael Martin Jr.


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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 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.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary) by Andy Johnson


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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.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Leon Morris


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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 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.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (New Testament Library) by M. Eugene Boring


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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 Thessalonians (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by Robert L. Thomas and Andreas J. Kostenberger


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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.” See more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, original and revised.



1 and 2 Thessalonians (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by David J. Williams


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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.



Classic Christian Commentaries



1 and 2 Thessalonians (Crossway Classic Commentaries) by John Calvin


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentaries present the very best work on individual Bible books, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness for today’s believers.”