Bible Commentaries Comparison Chart

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The comparison chart below is a quick-reference guide to 75 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.

Please watch the video to get an overview of the different kinds of commentaries

Commentary Series Translation Used,
Theological View
Target Audience Feature(s) Browse volumes
21st Century Commentaries

21st century commentary
NASB;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
all authors are
premillennial,
pre-tribulation
Amazon

CBD
Abingdon Commentaries

abingdon commentary cover
NRSV;
United
Methodist
laypeople/
pastors
Methodist
perspective
Amazon

CBD
Anchor Yale Commentaries

anchor commentary cover
author’s own;
inter-faith,
Protestant,
Catholic,
Jewish /
critical
pastors/
professors
unique
translations;
up-to-date
discussions on
philology
Amazon

CBD
Ancient Christian Commentary
on Scripture

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
RSV;
orthodox
anyoneselect comments
from early-church fathers
Amazon

CBD
Apollos
Old Testament
Commentary

haggai commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
pastor-friendly;
up-to-date
discussions
on textual
criticism
Amazon

CBD
Baker Commentary
on the OT
Wisdom and Psalms

job commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
pastor-friendly,
accessible, in-depth, on OT Wisdom
Literature
Amazon

CBD
Baker Exegetical
Commentary
on the NT

peter commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
accessible,
pastor-friendly
Greek exegesis
Amazon

CBD
The Bible
Speaks Today

malachi commentary
 NIV;
broadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
combines sermon
exposition with
text commentary
Amazon

CBD
Biblical Theology
for Christian
Proclamation

hebrews commentary cover
HCSB;
Baptist
pastors/
professors
focus includes
themes, not
technical matters
Amazon

CBD
Black’s New Testament Commentaries

john commentary cover
author’s own;
mostly critical
pastors/
professors
paragraph-by-
paragraph
exposition
Amazon

CBD
Brazos Theological Commentaries

revelation commentary cover
NRSV;
authors affirm
Nicene Creed
pastors/
professors
employs theologians to write expositionsAmazon

CBD
Calvin (John) Commentaries

calvin commentaries
author’s own: Calvin was a leader of the
Protestant
Reformation
laypeople/
pastors
mostly based
on his sermons
Amazon

CBD
Cambridge Bible
Commentaries

cambridge bible commentary
NEB;
20th century
liberal-moderate
perspectives
laypeople/
pastors
discusses text, history, theologyAmazon

CBD
Christ-Centered
Exposition
Commentaries

ecclesiastes commentary cover
HCSB;
broadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
includes illustrations,
focus on Jesus
in every book
Amazon

CBD
College Press Commentaries

College Press commentary
NIV;
The
Restoration
Movement
anyonereflects
Stone-
Campbell
theology
Amazon

CBD
Communicator’s Commentaries

The Communicator's Commentary
NIV;
broadly
evangelical
anyonebecame Mastering
the OT/NT; now
Preacher’s Comm.
Amazon
Concordia Commentaries

galatians commentary cover
author’s own;
evangelical
pastors/
professors
Evangelical
Lutheran
perspective
Amazon

CBD
Continental Commentaries

matthew commentary cover
author’s own;
critical
professorstranslates German scholarly
commentaries
into English
Amazon

CBD
Cornerstone
Biblical
Commentaries

cornerstone commentary
NLT;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
passage-by
-passage
explanations
Amazon

CBD
Crossway Classic Commentaries

acts commentary cover
editors uses the NIV;
all authors are Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
classic works adapted for modern readersAmazon

CBD
Daily Study Bible

daily study bible
author’s own;
20th century
liberal-moderate
perspectives
laypeople/
pastors
OT authors vary; NT author is William BarclayAmazon

CBD
Evangelical
Exegetical
Commentaries

john commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
latest in
critical biblical
scholarship from
an evangelical
perspective
Amazon

CBD
Evangelical Press Study Commentary

job commentary cover
varies;
Reformed
pastors/
professors
exegetical commentary for Reformed pastorsAmazon

CBD
Exegetical Guide
to the Greek
New Testament

john commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
it’s a lexical and
grammatical tool,
yet provides
preaching help
Amazon

CBD
Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised

psalms commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical
pastorsemploys evangelical authors, many premillennialAmazon

CBD
Focus on
the Bible

Focus on the Bible commentary
author’s own;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
reads like a sermonAmazon

CBD
For Everyone

luke commentary cover
author’s own;
Wright is an Anglican bishop
laypeople/
pastors
All volumes
written by
N.T. Wright
Amazon

CBD
For You

romans commentary cover
NIV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
reads like a sermonAmazon

CBD
The Gospel According to the Old Testament

nahum commentary cover
ESV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
Christ-centered commentary on Old Testament booksAmazon

CBD
Henry
(Matthew)
Commentaries


Matthew Henry commentary
KJV;
theologically
conservative
anyone devotional
in nature
Amazon

CBD
Hermeneia

luke commentary cover
author’s own;
critical
professorsfeatures technical,
critical scholarship
Amazon

CBD
Holman Commentaries

holman commentary
NIV;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
target audience is teachersAmazon

CBD
International
Critical
Commentary

Isaiah commentary
author’s own;
critical
professorscontains linguistic, textual, historical, and archaeological discussionsAmazon

CBD
International Theological Commentaries

International Theological Commentary
RSV;
moderately
critical
pastors,
teachers
prioritizes theological diversity; OT onlyAmazon

CBD
Interpretation

john commentary cover
RSV;
moderately
critical
pastors/
professors
critical approach to historical and theological discussionsAmazon

CBD
IVP
New Testament
Commentary

IVP bible commentary
NIV;
broadly
evangelical
pastorspastor-friendly exegesisAmazon

CBD
JPS Torah Commentaries

JPS commentary cover
author’s own;
critical 
professorsinsights from Jewish worldview;
pages flip from
right to left
Amazon

CBD
Keil-Delitzsch Commentaries

keil delitzsch commentary
author’s own;
Orthodox
Lutheran
scholars
pastors/
professors
technical,
conservative
scholarship of
OT scripture
Amazon
Kregel
Exegetical
Commentaries

Kregel Exegetical Library commentary
author’s own;
theologically
conservative
pastors,
teachers
scholarship plus applicationAmazon

CBD
Lectio Continua Expository Commentaries

romans commentary cover
ESV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
Amazon

CBD
Living Insights:
Chuck Swindoll
Commentaries

corinthians commentary cover
NASB;
broadly
evangelical
pastorswritten by
Chuck Swindoll
Amazon

CBD
MacArthur (John)
Commentaries

hebrews commentary cover
NASB;
Reformed
Baptist
laypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
Amazon

CBD
Mentor
Commentaries

exodus commentary cover
author’s
choice;
Reformed
pastorsfocuses on
exegesis, reflects
Reformed
Amazon

CBD
Montgomery Boice (James) Commentary

James Montgomery Boice commentary
NIV;
Presbyterian,
reformed
anyone devotional in nature Amazon

CBD
New
American
Commentary

hebrews commentary cover
NIV;
Baptist
pastorspastor-friendly,
many authors
conservative,
dispensational
Amazon

CBD
New
Beacon Bible
Commentaries

New Beacon Bible Commentary
NIV;
Wesleyan
laypeople/
pastors
written from
the Wesleyan
theological
perspective
Amazon

CBD
New
Cambridge Bible Commentary

matthew commentary cover
NRSV;
some critical,
some evangelical 
pastors/
professors
provides fresh
look at biblical
texts
Amazon

CBD
New Century Commentaries

philippians commentary cover
N/RSV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsmost volumes
reflect critical
exegesis
Amazon
New International Biblical Commentary

New International Biblical Commentary
NIV;
broadly
evangelical
anyoneused to be Good News Commentary; then NIBC; now UBCSAmazon
New International Commentary
on the OT and NT

zechariah commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastorshigh quality
exegesis for
pastors and
teachers
Amazon

CBD
New International Greek Testament Commentary

revelation commentary cover
author’s own;
all evangelical, some critical
pastors/
professors
thorough exegesis of the Greek text Amazon

CBD
New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary

New Interpreter's bible commentary
NRSV / NIV;
Methodist, some critical, some evangelical
pastorsan ecumenical roster of contributorsAmazon

CBD
NIV
Application
Commentary

hebrews commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsbridging original context to contemporary contextAmazon

CBD
Old and New Testament Library

revelation commentary cover
RSV;
some critical, some evangelical 
pastorsmostly critical
approaches to
literary and
theological issues
Amazon

CBD
Paideia Commentaries

luke commentary cover
author’s own; employs Catholic and Protestant authorspastors/
professors
moderately critical exegesisAmazon

CBD
Pillar
New Testament
Commentary

luke commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastors/
professors
thorough, conservative exegesisAmazon

CBD
The Preacher’s Commentary

Preacher's Commentary
NKJV;
evangelical
pastorspulpit helpAmazon

CBD
Preaching
the Word

exodus commentary cover
NIV, revised (pictured) use ESV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
homiletic
expositions
Amazon

CBD
Reformation Commentary
on Scripture

Reformation Commentary on Scripture
author’s;
Reformed
Protestant
anyonebiblical insights from the ReformersAmazon

CBD
Reformed
Expository Commentaries

matthew commentary cover
ESV;
Reformed 
laypeople/
pastors
homiletical
expositions
Amazon

CBD
Sacra Pagina Commentaries

sacra pagina commentary
author’s own;
Catholic
pastors/
professors
Roman Catholic theologyAmazon

CBD
Smyth & Helwys
Commentaries

mark commentary cover
varies by
volume;
varies by
volume
pastorscomes with CD-ROM that includes commentary on PDFAmazon

CBD
Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries

thessalonians commentry cover
author’s
own;
Arminian
pastors/
professors
Ben Witherington’s projectAmazon
CBD
Story of
God Bible
Commentary

daniel commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
laypeople/
pastors
focuses on the Bible’s big-picture storylineAmazon

CBD
Teach the Text Commentaries

Teach the Text commentary
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsaims to clearly show the text’s relevanceAmazon

CBD
Thru the Bible:
J. Vernon McGee

proverbs commentary cover
KJV;
Presbyterian
laypeople/
pastors
similar to McGee’s radio
teachings
Amazon

CBD
Two Horizons

Two Horizons commentary
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsfocuses on
theological
interpretations
Amazon

CBD
Tyndale OT
and NT Bible
Commentaries

numbers commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsto-the-point exegesis and explanationsAmazon

CBD
Understanding
the Bible
Commentary

genesis commentary cover
NIV;
some critical,
some evangelical 
pastorsintends to promote biblical theologyAmazon

CBD
Walvoord (John) Prophecy Commentary

John Walvoord commentary
ESV;
theologically
conservative
anyonepremillennial,
dispensationalism
Amazon

CBD
Wesleyan
Bible Study

wesleyan commentary
NIV;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
Arminian
perspectives
Amazon

CBD
Word Biblical Commentary

esther commentary cover
author’s own;
some critical, some evangelical 
pastors/
professors
fresh translations,
in-depth exegesis
Amazon

CBD
Wycliffe
Exegetical
Commentaries

revelation commentary cover
author’s
own;
broadly
evangelical 
pastors/
professors
in-depth exegesis for pastorsAmazon
Zondervan
Exegetical
Commentary

romans commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsGraphic LayoutAmazon

CBD
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

revelation commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
laypeople/
pastors
color pictures,
charts, maps
Amazon

CBD