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.

Before buying a commentary, readers want to know information such as what English translation a commentary uses, what the theological convictions of the author are, and what makes a particular volume in a series unique. This chart helps answer those questions.

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Commentary SeriesTranslation/
Theology
Target Audience Notes Browse volumes
21st Century Commentaries

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

abingdon commentary cover
NRSV;
United
Methodist
laypeople/
pastors
Methodist
perspective
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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
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Ancient Christian Commentary
on Scripture

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
RSV;
orthodox
anyoneselect comments
from early-church fathers
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Apollos
Old Testament
Commentary

haggai commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastors/
professors
pastor-friendly;
up-to-date
discussions
on textual
criticism
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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
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Baker Exegetical
Commentary
on the NT

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

malachi commentary
 NIV;
broadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
combines sermon
exposition with
text commentary
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Biblical Theology
for Christian
Proclamation

hebrews commentary cover
HCSB;
Baptist
pastors/
professors
focus includes
themes, not
technical matters
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Black’s New Testament Commentaries

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

revelation commentary cover
NRSV;
authors affirm
Nicene Creed
pastors/
professors
employs theologians to write expositionsSee on
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Calvin (John) Commentaries

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

cambridge bible commentary
NEB;
20th century
liberal-moderate
perspectives
laypeople/
pastors
discusses text, history, theologySee on
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Christ-Centered
Exposition
Commentaries

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

College Press commentary
NIV;
The
Restoration
Movement
anyonereflects
Stone-
Campbell
theology
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Communicator’s Commentaries

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

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

matthew commentary cover
author’s own;
critical
professorstranslates German scholarly
commentaries
into English
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Cornerstone
Biblical
Commentaries

cornerstone commentary
NLT;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
passage-by
-passage
explanations
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Crossway Classic Commentaries

acts commentary cover
editors uses the NIV;
all authors are Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
classic works adapted for modern readersSee on
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Daily Study Bible

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

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

job commentary cover
varies;
Reformed
pastors/
professors
exegetical commentary for Reformed pastorsSee on
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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
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Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised

psalms commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical
pastorsemploys evangelical authors, many premillennialSee on
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Focus on
the Bible

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

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

romans commentary cover
NIV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
reads like a sermonSee on
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The Gospel According to the Old Testament

nahum commentary cover
ESV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
Christ-centered commentary on Old Testament booksSee on
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Henry
(Matthew)
Commentaries


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

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

holman commentary
NIV;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
target audience is teachersSee on
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International
Critical
Commentary

Isaiah commentary
author’s own;
critical
professorscontains linguistic, textual, historical, and archaeological discussionsSee on
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International Theological Commentaries

International Theological Commentary
RSV;
moderately
critical
pastors,
teachers
prioritizes theological diversity; OT onlySee on
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Interpretation

john commentary cover
RSV;
moderately
critical
pastors/
professors
critical approach to historical and theological discussionsSee on
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IVP
New Testament
Commentary

IVP bible commentary
NIV;
broadly
evangelical
pastorspastor-friendly exegesisSee on
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JPS Torah Commentaries

JPS commentary cover
author’s own;
critical 
professorsinsights from Jewish worldview;
pages flip from
right to left
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Keil-Delitzsch Commentaries

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

Kregel Exegetical Library commentary
author’s own;
theologically
conservative
pastors,
teachers
scholarship plus applicationSee on
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Lectio Continua Expository Commentaries

romans commentary cover
ESV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
reads like
a sermon
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Living Insights:
Chuck Swindoll
Commentaries

corinthians commentary cover
NASB;
broadly
evangelical
pastorswritten by
Chuck Swindoll
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MacArthur (John)
Commentaries

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

exodus commentary cover
author’s
choice;
Reformed
pastorsfocuses on
exegesis, reflects
Reformed
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Montgomery Boice (James) Commentary

James Montgomery Boice commentary
NIV;
Presbyterian,
reformed
anyone devotional in nature See on
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New
American
Commentary

hebrews commentary cover
NIV;
Baptist
pastorspastor-friendly,
many authors
conservative,
dispensational
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New
Beacon Bible
Commentaries

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

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

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

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

zechariah commentary cover
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical
pastorshigh quality
exegesis for
pastors and
teachers
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New International Greek Testament Commentary

revelation commentary cover
author’s own;
all evangelical, some critical
pastors/
professors
thorough exegesis of the Greek text See on
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New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary

New Interpreter's bible commentary
NRSV / NIV;
Methodist, some critical, some evangelical
pastorsan ecumenical roster of contributorsSee on
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NIV
Application
Commentary

hebrews commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsbridging original context to contemporary contextSee on
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Old and New Testament Library

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

luke commentary cover
author’s own; employs Catholic and Protestant authorspastors/
professors
moderately critical exegesisSee on
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Pillar
New Testament
Commentary

luke commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastors/
professors
thorough, conservative exegesisSee on
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The Preacher’s Commentary

Preacher's Commentary
NKJV;
evangelical
pastorspulpit helpSee on
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Preaching
the Word

exodus commentary cover
NIV, revised (pictured) use ESV;
Reformed
laypeople/
pastors
homiletic
expositions
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Reformation Commentary
on Scripture

Reformation Commentary on Scripture
author’s;
Reformed
Protestant
anyonebiblical insights from the ReformersSee on
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Reformed
Expository Commentaries

matthew commentary cover
ESV;
Reformed 
laypeople/
pastors
homiletical
expositions
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Sacra Pagina Commentaries

sacra pagina commentary
author’s own;
Catholic
pastors/
professors
Roman Catholic theologySee on
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Smyth & Helwys
Commentaries

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varies by
volume;
varies by
volume
pastorscomes with CD-ROM that includes commentary on PDFSee on
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Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries

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

daniel commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
laypeople/
pastors
focuses on the Bible’s big-picture storylineSee on
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Teach the Text Commentaries

Teach the Text commentary
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsaims to clearly show the text’s relevanceSee on
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Thru the Bible:
J. Vernon McGee

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

Two Horizons commentary
author’s own;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsfocuses on
theological
interpretations
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Tyndale OT
and NT Bible
Commentaries

numbers commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsto-the-point exegesis and explanationsSee on
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Understanding
the Bible
Commentary

genesis commentary cover
NIV;
some critical,
some evangelical 
pastorsintends to promote biblical theologySee on
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Walvoord (John) Prophecy Commentary

John Walvoord commentary
ESV;
theologically
conservative
anyonepremillennial,
dispensationalism
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Wesleyan
Bible Study

wesleyan commentary
NIV;
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
Arminian
perspectives
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Word Biblical Commentary

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

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

romans commentary cover
NIV;
broadly
evangelical 
pastorsGraphic LayoutSee on
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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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