Bible Commentaries Comparison Chart

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The comparison chart below is a quick-reference guide to 65 different Bible commentary series’. There are many different commentary series’ because there are many different purposes and uses for Bible commentaries. Most readers want to know what English translation a commentary uses, information about the theological convictions of the author, and what makes a particular volume of series unique. Also see the One-Volume Bible Commentary Comparison Chart, which includes 40 different volumes.

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Commentary SeriesCover DesignTranslation UtilizedTheology / ApproachTarget AudienceDistinctive Feature(s)Cost RangeBrowse volumes
21st Century
Commentary
21st centuryNASBevangelicallaypeople/
pastors
all authors are
Premillennial,
Pre-tribulation
$15-$20Amazon

CBD
Abingdon
Commentaries
luke commentary coverNRSVUnited
Methodist
laypeople/
pastors
Methodist
perspective
$20-$30Amazon

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Anchor Yale
Commentary Series
mark commentary coverauthor's
own
inter-faith,
Protestant,
Catholic,
Jewish /
critical
pastors/
professors
unique
translations;
up-to-date
discussions on
philology
$40-$80Amazon

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Apollos
Old Testament
Commentary
haggai commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
pastor-friendly;
up-to-date
discussions
on textual
criticism
$30-$50Amazon

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Baker Commentary
on the Old Testament
Wisdom and Psalms
job commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
pastor-friendly,
accessible,
in-depth, on
OT Wisdom
Literature
$25-$35Amazon

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Baker Exegetical
Commentary on the
New Testament
peter commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
accessible,
pastor-friendly
Greek exegesis
$20-$50Amazon

CBD
The Bible
Speaks Today
malachi commentary cover NIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
combines sermon
exposition with
text commentary
$15-$23Amazon

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Biblical Theology for
Christian Proclamation
hebrews commentary coverHCSBBaptistpastors/
professors
focus includes
themes, not
technical
matters
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
Black's
New Testament
Commentary
john commentary coverauthor's
own
mostly
critical
pastors/
professors
paragraph-by-
paragraph
exposition
$25-$65Amazon

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Brazos Theological
Commentaries
revelation commentary coverNRSVauthors affirm
Nicene Creed
pastors/
professors
employs
theologians
to write
expositions
$20-$45Amazon

CBD
Calvin
Commentaries
calvin commentariesauthor's
own
Calvin was a
leader of the
Protestant
Reformation
laypeople/
pastors
mostly based
on his sermons
variesAmazon

CBD
Cambridge
Bible
Commentary
cambridge bible commentaryNEB20th century
liberal-moderate
perspectives
laypeople/
pastors
discusses text,
history, theology
$25-$45Amazon

CBD
Christ-Centered
Exposition
Commentary
ecclesiastes commentary coverHCSBbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
includes illustrations,
focus on Jesus
in every book
$11-$16Amazon

CBD
Concordia
Commentary
galatians commentary coverauthor's
own
evangelicalpastors/
professors
Evangelical
Lutheran
perspective
$35-$65Amazon

CBD
Continental
Commentaries
matthew commentary coverauthor's
own
criticalprofessorstranslates
German scholarly
commentaries
into English
$25-$70Amazon

CBD
Cornerstone
Biblical
Commentary
cornerstone commentaryNLTevangelicallaypeople/
pastors
passage-by
-passage
explanations
$22-$25Amazon

CBD
Crossway
Classic
Commentaries
acts commentary covereditors
used the
NIV
all authors
are Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
classic works
adapted for
modern readers
$15-$25Amazon

CBD
The Daily
Study Bible
daily study bibleauthor's
own
20th century
liberal-moderate
perspectives
laypeople/
pastors
OT authors
vary; NT author is
William Barclay
$5-$15Amazon

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Evangelical
Exegetical
Commentary
john commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
latest in
critical biblical
scholarship from
an evangelical
perspective
$20-$45Amazon

CBD
Evangelical
Press Study
Commentary
job commentary covervariesReformedpastors/
professors
exegetical
commentary for
Reformed pastors
$20-$40Amazon

CBD
Exegetical Guide
to the Greek
New Testament
john commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
it's a lexical and
grammatical tool,
yet provides
preaching help
$18-$25Amazon

CBD
Expositor’s
Bible
Commentary -
Revised
psalms commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical
pastorsemploys
evangelical authors,
many premillennial
$25-$45Amazon

CBD
Focus on
the Bible
joshua commentary coverauthor's
own
Reformedlaypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
$10-$18Amazon

CBD
For
Everyone
luke commentary coverauthor's
own
Wright is
an Anglican
bishop
laypeople/
pastors
All volumes
written by
N.T. Wright
$10-$16Amazon

CBD
For Youromans commentary coverNIVReformedlaypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
$10-$20Amazon

CBD
Gospel
According to the
Old Testament
nahum commentary coverESVReformedlaypeople/
pastors
Christ-centered
commentary on
Old Testament
books
$15-$22Amazon

CBD
Hermeneialuke commentary coverauthor's
own
criticalprofessorsfeatures technical,
critical scholarship
$30-$90Amazon

CBD
Holman
OT/NT
Commentaries
holman commentaryNIVevangelicallaypeople/
pastors
target audience
is teachers
$10-$20Amazon

CBD
International
Critical
Commentary
isaiah commentary coverauthor's
own
criticalprofessorscontains linguistic,
textual, historical,
and archaeological
discussions
$40-$160Amazon

CBD
Interpretationjohn commentary coverRSVmoderately
critical
pastors/
professors
critical approach
to historical
and theological
discussions
$15-$35Amazon

CBD
IVP New
Testament
Commentary
luke commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical
pastorspastor-friendly
exegesis
$15-$30Amazon

CBD
JPS Torah
Commentary
commentary coverauthor's
own
critical professorsinsights from
Jewish worldview;
pages flip from
right to left
$40-$80Amazon

CBD
Keil-Delitzchkeil delitzsch commentaryauthor's
own
Orthodox
Lutheran
scholars
pastors/
professors
technical,
conservative
scholarship of
OT scripture
varies
(used only)
Amazon
Lectio
Continua
romans commentary coverESV Reformedlaypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
$25-$50Amazon

CBD
Living
Insights
corinthians commentary coverNASBbroadly
evangelical
pastorswritten by
Chuck Swindoll
$14-$25Amazon

CBD
MacArthur
New Testament
Commentaries
hebrews commentary coverNASBReformed
Baptist
laypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
$17-$26Amazon

CBD
Mentor
Commentaries
exodus commentary coverauthor's
choice
Reformedpastorsfocuses on
exegesis, reflects
Reformed
theology
$20-$40Amazon

CBD
New
American
Commentary
hebrews commentary coverNIVBaptistpastorspastor-friendly,
many authors
conservative,
dispensational
$20-$35Amazon

CBD
New Beacon
Bible Commentaries
romans commentary coverNIVWesleyanlaypeople/
pastors
written from
the Wesleyan
theological
perspective
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
New Cambridge
Bible Commentary
matthew commentary coverNRSVsome critical,
some evangelical 
pastors/
professors
provides fresh
look at biblical
texts
$30-$50Amazon

CBD
New Century
Bible Commentary
philippians commentary coverN/RSVbroadly
evangelical 
pastorsmost volumes
reflect critical
exegesis
$5-$30
(used only)
Amazon
New
International
Commentary
on the Old and New Testament
zechariah commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical 
pastorshigh quality
exegesis for
pastors and
teachers
$22-$55Amazon

CBD
New International
Greek Testament
Commentary
revelation commentary coverauthor's
own
all evangelical,
some critical
pastors/
professors
thorough exegesis
of the Greek text
$30-$80Amazon

CBD
New
Interpreter’s Bible
Commentary
mark commentary coverNRSV /
NIV
Methodist,
some critical,
some evangelical
pastorsan ecumenical
roster of
contributors
$50-$60Amazon

CBD
Old and New
Testament
Library
revelation commentary coverRSVsome critical,
some evangelical 
pastorsmostly critical
approaches to
literary and
theological issues
$30-$55Amazon

CBD (OT)

CBD (NT)
NIV
Application
Commentary
hebrews commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
pastorsbridging original
context to
contemporary
context
$17-$40Amazon

CBD
Paideialuke commentary coverauthor's
own
employs
Catholic and
Protestant
authors
pastors/
professors
moderately
critical exegesis
$20-$30Amazon

CBD
Pillar New
Testament
Commentary
luke commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
pastors/
professors
thorough,
conservative
exegesis
$25-$90Amazon

CBD
The Preacher's
Commentary
preachers commentaryNKJVevangelicalpastorspulpit
help
$10-$20Amazon

CBD
Preaching
the Word
exodus commentary coverNIV,
revisions
will use ESV
Reformedlaypeople/
pastors
homiletical
expositions
$25-$45Amazon

CBD
Reformed
Expository
Commentary
matthew commentary coverESV Reformedlaypeople/
pastors
homiletical
expositions
$20-$50Amazon

CBD
Sacra
Pagina
sacra pagina commentaryauthor's
own
Catholicpastors/
professors
Roman
Catholic
theology
$30-$60Amazon

CBD
Smyth & Helwys
Bible Commentary
mark commentary covervaries by
volume
varies by
volume
pastorscomes with
CD-ROM that
includes
commentary
on PDF
$30-$60Amazon

CBD
Socio-Rhetorical
Commentaries
thessalonians commentry coverauthor's
own
Arminianpastors/
professors
Ben
Witherington's
project
$25-$50Amazon

CBD
Story of God
Bible Commentary
daniel commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
laypeople/
pastors
focuses on
the Bible's
big-picture
storyline
$20-$40Amazon

CBD
Teach the Textromans commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
pastorsaims to clearly
show the text's
relevance
$15-$35Amazon

CBD
Thru the Bibleproverbs commentary coverKJVPresbyterianlaypeople/
pastors
J. Vernon McGee;
similar to radio
teachings;
inexpensive
$5-$10Amazon

CBD
Tyndale
Old and New
Testament
Bible Commentaries
numbers commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
pastorsto-the-point
exegetical
explanations
$15-$28Amazon

CBD
Two
Horizons
genesis commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsfocuses on
theological
interpretations
$20-$35Amazon

CBD
Understanding
the Bible
Commentary
Series
genesis commentary coverNIVsome critical,
some evangelical 
pastorsintends to
promote
biblical theology
$12-$22Amazon

CBD
Wesleyan
Bible
Commentary
wesleyan commentaryNIVevangelicallaypeople/
pastors
Arminian
perspectives
$15-$20Amazon

CBD
Word
Biblical
Commentary
esther commentary coverauthor's
own
some critical,
some evangelical 
pastors/
professors
fresh translations,
in-depth exegesis
$25-$45Amazon

CBD
Wycliffe
Exegetical
Commentary
revelation commentary coverauthor's
own
broadly
evangelical 
pastors/
professors
in-depth
exegesis for
pastors
$10-$40
(used only)
Amazon
Zondervan Exegetical
Commentary
on the Old
and New
Testament
romans commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
pastorsGraphic
Layout
$25-$50Amazon

CBD
Zondervan
Illustrated
Bible Backgrounds
Commentary
revelation commentary coverNIVbroadly
evangelical 
laypeople/
pastors
color pictures,
charts, maps
$15-$45Amazon

CBD