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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Green takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This volume is well-reviewed for its Greek exegesis. Green is well-known for writing the 2 Peter and Jude commentary in the BECNT series. The publisher notes that the Pillar series combines “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.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Bruce takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Bruce is well-known for his exegetical and historical insights. He also wrote the Galatians commentary in the NIGTC series. The publisher notes that the WBC series “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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Beale takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Beale is a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Beale is well-known for his Revelation commentary in the NIGTC series. The publisher notes that the IVPNTC series is “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.” 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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Fee takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is associated with the Assemblies of God. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This volume is known for its theological reflection. Fee is well-known for his 1 Corinthians commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that NICNT series is “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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Witherington takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Arminian. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Witherington also wrote the Matthew commentary in the same series. The publisher notes the the SRC series approaches the text “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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Wanamaker takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is the Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town. This commentary will be maximized by those who have been trained in Greek. The publisher notes that “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.” 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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Malherbe takes a critical approach to the text, yet comes to conservative theological conclusions. He taught at Yale Divinity School (d. 2012). This commentary will be maximized by those who have been trained in Greek. Malherbe defends Pauline authorship of both letters. The publisher notes that the Anchor seirs “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

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Weima takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed. This commentary will be maximized by those who have been trained in Greek. Weima defends Pauline authorship of both letters. The publisher notes that the BECNT series combines “scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness.” 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

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Holmes takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. Holmes taught at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This volume is well-reviewed for its helpfulness to pastors. The publisher notes that the NIVAC series aims to “help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context.” 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”

Interview: See Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Gary Shogren on this volume

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Shogren takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is a missionary and has taught at Costa Rica seminary. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This volume is well-reviewed for its helpfulness to pastors. The publisher notes the ZECNT 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.” 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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Marshall takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Arminian. This commentary best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Marshall is well-known for writing the Luke commentary in the NIGTC series. The publisher notes that the NCBC series utilizes “intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.” See more about the New Century Bible Commentary series.


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”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Best is Presbyterian. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Best wrote the well-reviewed Ephesians commentary in the Anchor series. The publisher notes that the BNTC series “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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Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Phillips takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed. This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes. Phillips also wrote the John commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that 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…” 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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Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Stott  takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He was Anglican and Reformed (d. 2011). This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Stott also wrote the 1 John commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that the distinctives of BST 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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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Martin takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the NAC 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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Interview: See Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Andy Johnson on this volume

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Johnson takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the Two Horizons series “offers section-by-section exegesis of the New Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns.” See more about the Two Horizons Bible commentary series.


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


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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Morris takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He was Anglican and Reformed (d. 2006). This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the TNTC volumes approach “the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.


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


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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Boring takes a critical approach to Scripture. He denies Pauline authorship. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Boring also wrote the Mark commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that the NLT 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 commentary series.


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


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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Thomas takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the REBC series reflects “scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” 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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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Williams takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers. Williams also wrote the Acts commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that the UBCS “present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated.” 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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Synopsis: 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.”


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