Best 2 Timothy Commentaries

The best 2 Timothy commentaries are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 Timothy 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 2 Timothy Commentaries


Pastoral Epistles (Word Biblical Commentary) by William D. Mounce

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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Timothy

D.A. Carson: “best buy” on 2 Timothy, “more conservative than Marshall,” reflects “on pastoral issues”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical and conservative exposition of the pastorals”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority”commentary on the Pastoral Epistles

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; “thoroughly discusses all of the important issues raised by Paul (whom he believes wrote these epistles), and when dealing with controversial parts of the letters, he fairly represents those with whom he disagrees. All in all, a very good commentary.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Mounce takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Mounce used to teach at Gordon-Conwell. 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 WBC series “delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.


The Letters to Timothy and Titus (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Philip H. Towner

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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “best buy” on 2 Timothy, “perhaps the best commentary on the Pastorals based on the English text”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority”commentary on the Pastoral Epistles

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a useful exposition by a scholar who has devoted his career to the pastorals”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; “accessible to most educated readers…Towner rejects the conclusions of critical scholars who deny Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Epistles.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Towner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He denies direct Pauline authorship. Towner is dean of the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society. Towner also wrote the commentary on the Pastoral Epistles in the IVPNTC series (see below). This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes the the NICNT series offers readers “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.


The Pastoral Epistles (New International Greek Testament Commentary) by George W. Knight

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical commentary of the pastorals from a defender of Pauline authorship”

D.A. Carson: “cautious, conservative, and thoughtful”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; “the best contemporary commentary on these books…Knight takes a thoroughly conservative and orthodox approach”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Knight takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Knight is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Those who have been trained in Greek will maximize this commentary. 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 Pastoral Epistles (International Critical Commentary) by I. Howard Marshall

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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “best buy” on 2 Timothy, “the learned and careful exegesis will be a joy to pore over”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a massive and technical commentary that is very learned, though he rejects Pauline authorship”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Marshall takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Arminian. Marshall denies direct Pauline authorship. Those who have been trained in Greek will maximize this commentary. Marshall also wrote the Luke commentary in the NIGTC series. also wrote The publisher notes that ICC series has “sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments.” See more about the International Critical Commentary series.


The Pastoral Epistles (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Donald Guthrie

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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “”has become something of a classic”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; “an accessible, introductory level commentary on the Pastoral Epistles”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Guthrie takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Guthrie was a British New Testament scholar (d. 1992). This commentary best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Guthrie also wrote the Hebrews commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that the TNTC series “examines 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 Timothy, Titus (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by Gordon Fee

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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Fee takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Fee fellowships with the Assemblies of God denomination. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Fee also wrote the 1 Corinthians commentary and the Philippians commentary in the NICNT series. The publisher notes that UBCS commentaries “present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted…” See more about the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series.


1, 2 Timothy, Titus (New American Commentary) by Thomas D. Lea and Hayne P. Griffin Jr.

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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “competent”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: The authors takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. They defend Pauline authorship. They are Baptist. 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 Timothy, Titus (Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised) by Andreas Kostenberger

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a clear exposition of the text”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Kostenberger takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Kostenberger is Research Professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Kostenberger also wrote the John commentary in the BECNT series. The publisher notes that the REBC series is “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.


The Pastoral Epistles (Black’s New Testament Commentary) by J.N.D. Kelly

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a bit longer than Fee, with many insights”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Kelly takes a moderately critical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Kelly taught at the University of Oxford (d. 1997). This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Kelly also wrote the 1 Peter commentary in the same 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.


1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (Crossway Classic Commentaries) by John Calvin

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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; “The work by Calvin on the Pastorals is particularly interesting because of the insight it gives us to the Reformation understanding of church leadership. A must-read.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Calvin was a leader of the Protestant Reformation. The publisher notes that “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.” See more about Crossway Classic Commentaries.


The First and Second Letters to Timothy (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Luke Timothy Johnson

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a helpful commentary from this Roman Catholic scholar who accepts Pauline authorship”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Johnson takes a moderately critical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Johnson has a Roman Catholic background. He also wrote the James commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that the Anchor 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 and 2 Timothy and Titus (Africa Bible Commentary Series) by Samuel M. Ngewa

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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority”commentary on the Pastoral Epistles

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Ngewa takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. The publisher notes that the ABCS series is best for “use as a teaching resource for theological colleges and Bible schools while also being suited to readers who are looking for ways to preach and apply the Scriptures.”


Verse-by-Verse Expository Commentaries


1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (NIV Application Commentary) by Walter L. Liefeld

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Liefeld takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Liefeld also wrote the Ephesians commentary in the IVPNTC series. The publisher notes that the NIVAC series “helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series. Also compare NIVAC and IVPNTC commentaries.


The Letters to Timothy and Titus (Pillar New Testament Commentary Series) by Robert W. Yarbrough

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Yarbrough takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Yarbrough also wrote the 1 John commentary in the BECNT series. The publisher notes that the PNTC 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.


1-2 Timothy and Titus (IVP New Testament Commentary) by Philip H. Towner

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Towner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is dean of the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Towner also wrote the commentary on the Pastoral Epistles in the NICNT series (see above). 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.


Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians (A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John) by Ben Witherington III

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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 Mark commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that in the SRC series “the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical commentary series.


1-2 Timothy, Titus (Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation) by Andreas J. Kostenberger

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Kostenberger takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He defends Pauline authorship. Kostenberger is Research Professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes the BTCP series aims “to relate biblical theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations.” See more about the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series.


1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary) by Robert W. Wall

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Wall takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Arminian. Wall defends Pauline authorship. He is Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies at Seattle Pacific University. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Wall also wrote the Revelation commentary in the UBCS series. The publisher notes that the Two Horizons series bridges “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.” See more about the Two Horizons Bible commentary series.


1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (New Testament Library) by Raymond Collins

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Collins takes a critical approach to Scripture. He teaches at Catholic University of America. Collins denies Pauline authorship. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that NLT series provides “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.


Classic Christian Commentaries


1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (Ironside Expository Commentaries) by H.A. Ironside

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Synopsis: H.A. Ironside (1876-1951) was an internationally acclaimed Bible teacher and preacher, as well as the author of more than sixty books. His writings include addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the Old Testament prophetic books, and a great many volumes on other biblical topics. For eighteen of his fifty years of ministry, Dr. Ironside was pastor of the historic Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Ill.


1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (Geneva Series of Commentaries) by Patrick Fairbairn

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Synopsis: This was the last commentary written by Patrick Fairbairn, but his first on any of the books of the New Testament, and now part of the Geneva Series of Commentaries. His purposes in publishing his material were twofold; to benefit students of the Bible, especially ministers and ministerial students, in their grasp and application of the text, and to defend the divine inspiration and apostolic authority of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus against attacks made by contemporary scholarship.”


Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) edited by Peter Gorday

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Synopsis: From the publisher: “This volume opens up a treasure house of ancient wisdom that allows these faithful witnesses, some appearing here in English translation for the first time, to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today.”


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