Baptist Commentaries: 100 Well-Reviewed Volumes


Baptist commentaries are the work of scholars and pastors who have served and ministered within the Baptist branch of the Christian faith. The volumes below reflect Baptist beliefs and convictions, yet non-Baptists read many of these well-reviewed volumes as well.

The Baptist tradition is one of the most diverse in Protestant Christianity. It doesn’t have a single unifying creed or beliefs statement, and the tradition’s commitment to the independence of the each local church sometimes results in a wide-range of beliefs and practices.

Despite this diversity, there remains common ground upon the primary matters of the faith, and on many secondary matters as well, among Baptist churches that remain committed to orthodoxy and haven’t adopted more liberal and progressive positions. These commonalities, which can be found in the pages of Baptist commentaries, include:

  • the inspiration and authority of Scripture
  • the deity of Christ, his death as an atonement for sin, and his bodily resurrection from the dead
  • salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone
  • two ordinances: full-immersion believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • the independence of the local church and congregational government
  • the separation of church and state
  • Baptists can be Arminian or Calvinist, premillennial or amillennial

Also see Best Bible Commentary Series: The Top 50

Baptist Commentaries on the Gospels and Acts

Craig Blomberg’s Matthew volume ranks among the best Matthew commentaries among commentaries from all theologies and denominations. Likewise, David G. Peterson’s Acts volume ranks among the best Acts commentaries across the spectrum.

Matthew commentary by Craig Blomberg
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MatthewNew American Commentary / Craig BlombergSee on
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MatthewPaideia / Charles TalbertSee on
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MatthewChrist-Centered Exposition / David PlattSee on
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MatthewHolman New Testament Commentary / Stu WeberSee on
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MarkNIV Application Commentary / David GarlandSee on
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MarkChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel AkinSee on
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MarkHolman New Testament Commentary / Rodney CopperSee on
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LukeNew American Commentary / Robert SteinSee on
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LukeZondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament / David GarlandSee on
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LukeChrist-Centered Exposition / Thabiti AnyabwileSee on
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LukeHolman New Testament Commentary / Trent ButlerSee on
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JohnChrist-Centered Exposition / Matt CarterSee on
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JohnHolman New Testament Commentary / Kenneth GangelSee on
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ActsNew American Commentary / John PolhillSee on
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ActsPillar / David G. PetersonSee on
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ActsTeach the Text / David GarlandSee on
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ActsChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony MeridaSee on
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ActsHolman New Testament Commentary / Kenneth GangelSee on
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Baptist Commentaries on the Writings of Paul

Thomas Schreiner’s Romans volume (see below) is considered among the best Romans commentaries available.

Romans commentary by Thomas Schreiner
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RomansNew American Commentary / Robert MounceSee on
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RomansEvangelical Biblical Theology Commentary / David G. PetersonSee on
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RomansTeach the Text / Marvin PateSee on
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RomansSmyth & Helwys / Charles TalbertSee on
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RomansBaker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament / Thomas SchreinerSee on
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RomansChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony MeridaSee on
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RomansHolman New Testament Commentary / William M. KruidenierSee on
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1 CorinthiansNew American Commentary / Mark TaylorSee on
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1 CorinthiansTyndale New Testament Commentary / Thomas SchreinerSee on
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1 CorinthiansBaker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament / David GarlandSee on
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2 CorinthiansNew American Commentary / David GarlandSee on
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GalatiansZondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament / Thomas SchreinerSee on
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GalatiansNew American Commentary / Timothy GeorgeSee on
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GalatiansChrist-Centered Exposition / David PlattSee on
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EphesiansChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony MeridaSee on
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Ephesians, ColossiansPaideia / Charles TalbertSee on
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PhilippiansChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony MeridaSee on
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Colossians, PhilemonNIV Application Commentary / David GarlandSee on
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1-2 Timothy, TitusAndreas Kostenberger / Evangelical Biblical Theology CommentarySee on
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1-2 Timothy, TitusChrist-Centered Exposition, David PlattSee on
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Also see What are the Different Types of Commentaries? A Guide for Bible Readers

Baptist Commentaries on the General Epistles

Note: The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series (Lexham) is a re-branding of the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation (Holman) series.

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HebrewsNew American Commentary / David AllenSee on
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HebrewsEvangelical Biblical Theology Commentary / Thomas SchreinerSee on
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HebrewsChrist-Centered Exposition / Albert MohlerSee on
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Hebrews, JamesHolman New Testament Commentary / Thomas LeaSee on
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JamesChrist-Centered Exposition / David PlattSee on
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1-2 Peter, JudeNew American Commentary / Thomas SchreinerSee on
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1 PeterTyndale New Testament Commentary / Wayne GrudemSee on
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Baptist Commentaries on the Letters of John and Revelation

James Hamilton’s Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series is one of the best Revelation commentaries from an expositional approach.

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1-3 JohnNew American Commentary / Daniel AkinSee on
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1-3 JohnThe Writings of John / C. Marvin PateSee on
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1-3 JohnPreaching the Word / David AllenSee on
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1-3 JohnChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel AkinSee on
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RevelationNew American Commentary / Paige PattersonSee on
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RevelationInterpreting Revelation / C. Marvin PateSee on
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RevelationSmyth & Helwys / Mitchell ReddishSee on
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RevelationChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel AkinSee on
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RevelationPreaching the Word / James HamiltonSee on
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RevelationHolman New Testament Commentary / Kenneth EasleySee on
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Baptist commentaries on the Pentateuch

Kenneth Mathews two-volume Genesis commentary in the NAC series is considered among the very best Genesis commentaries today.

Genesis commentary by Kenneth Mathews
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Genesis, Vol. 1New American Commentary / Kenneth MathewsSee on
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Genesis, Vol. 2New American Commentary / Kenneth MathewsSee on
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GenesisHolman Old Testament Commentary / Stephen BramerSee on
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ExodusChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony MeridaSee on
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ExodusNew American Commentary / Douglas StuartSee on
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ExodusKregel Exegetical Commentary / Duane GarrettSee on
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LeviticusChrist-Centered Exposition / Allan MoselySee on
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Leviticus, NumbersNew International Biblical Commentary / William BellingerSee on
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NumbersNew American Commentary / R. Dennis ColeSee on
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DeuteronomyNew American Commentary / Eugene MerrillSee on
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Baptist commentaries on the History books and Wisdom Literature

Also see the top 25 whole-Bible commentaries, which includes Baptist volumes.

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JoshuaNew American Commentary / David HowardSee on
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Judges, RuthNew American Commentary / Daniel BlockSee on
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1-2 SamuelNew American Commentary / Robert BergenSee on
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1-2 SamuelChrist-Centered Exposition / Heath ThomasSee on
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1-2 KingsNew American Commentary / Paul HouseSee on
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1-2 KingsChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony MeridaSee on
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1-2 KingsBible Speaks Today / John OlleySee on
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1-2 ChroniclesNew American Commentary / J.A. ThompsonSee on
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Ezra, NehemiahChrist-Centered Exposition / James HamiltonSee on
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Ezra, Nehemiah, EstherNew American Commentary / Mervin BrenemanSee on
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EstherChrist-Centered Exposition / Landon DowdenSee on
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JobNew American Commentary / Robert AldenSee on
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PsalmsChrist-Centered Exposition / Tony Merida, Daniel AkinSee on
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PsalmsHolman Old Testament Commentary / Steven LawsonSee on
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ProverbsChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel AkinSee on
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Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of SolomonNew American Commentary / Duane GarrettSee on
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EcclesiastesChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel AkinSee on
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Song of SongsChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel AkinSee on
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Baptist commentaries on the Major and Minor Prophets

Also see, the Study Bible Comparison Chart, which includes Baptist volumes.

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Isaiah, Vol. 1New American Commentary / Gary V. SmithSee on
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Isaiah, Vol. 2New American Commentary / Gary V. SmithSee on
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IsaiahChrist-Centered Exposition / Andrew DavisSee on
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IsaiahHolman Old Testament Commentary / Trent ButlerSee on
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Jeremiah, LamentationsChrist-Centered Exposition / Steven SmithSee on
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EzekielEvangelical Press / Peter NaylorSee on
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EzekielChrist-Centered Exposition / Landon DowdenSee on
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DanielNew American Commentary / Stephen R. MillerSee on
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DanielChrist-Centered Exposition / Daniel Akin See on
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DanielHolman Old Testament Commentary / Kenneth GangelSee on
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Hosea, Amos, MicahNIV Application Commentary / Gary V. SmithSee on
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AmosMentor / Gary V. SmithSee on
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Jonah, Micah, Nahum, HabakkukChrist-Centered Exposition / Eric RedmondSee on
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Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and MalachiChrist-Centered Exposition / Micah FriesSee on
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Haggai, ZechariahApollos / Anthony PettersonSee on
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One-Volume Whole Bible Baptist Commentaries

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Daniel Joseph Isaiah

Daniel has been in Christian ministry for 25 years. He has been an Associate Pastor and a Senior Pastor. Currently in higher education, Daniel has taught more than 25 different undergraduate courses in Bible and theology-related topics.

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