Best Exodus Commentaries | Updated for 2020

The best Exodus commentaries are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews.

You will also find options for commentaries on Exodus 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.

Exodus Commentaries: Best Reviews

The Book of Exodus
The Old Testament Library
by Brevard S. Childs

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Exodus commentary by Brevard Childs

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “one of the best commentaries on Exodus… valaubale to evangelical ministers”

• John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Detailed and technical study of Exodu’s place in the Old Testament canon, with thought-provoking theological discussion.”

• Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Exodus, “Because of the author’s critical stance and the book’s technical nature, I can only recommend this commentary to discerning pastors and teachers.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.”

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Exodus
NIV Application Commentary
by Peter Enns

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Exodus commentary by Peter Enns

Reviews and Accolades:

• Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Exodus

• Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “incredibly insightful theological study of the book… ideal for those preaching on Exodus”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context.

The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance.”

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Exodus
New American Commentary
by Douglas K. Stuart

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Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: “a well-written exposition of the book from an evangelical perspective”

• Keith Mathison: ranked #1 commentary on Exodus, “Stuart’s comments on the biblical text are clear and readable. The more technical issues are relegated to the footnotes. This is now the first commentary on Exodus to which I turn.”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”

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The Message of Exodus
The Bible Speaks Today
by J.A. Motyer

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Exodus commentray by J.A. Motyer

Reviews and Accolades:

• Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Exodus, “On almost every page, the reader finds helpful insights into the meaning of the second book of Moses. Very highly recommended.”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.” 

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Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary
by Victor P. Hamilton

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Exodus commentary by Victor Hamilton

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “a good treatment of the text’s meaning without much theological or canonical reflection”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Victor Hamilton, a highly regarded Old Testament scholar with over thirty years’ experience in the classroom, offers a comprehensive exegesis of the book of Exodus… this commentary will be valued by professors and students of the Old Testament as well as pastors.”


Exodus
Preaching the Word
by Philip Graham Ryken

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Exodus commentary by Philip Graham Ryken

Reviews and Accolades:

• Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Exodus, “His massive expository commentary is a goldmine for preachers. It is theologically deep and refreshingly practical, all the while remaining very readable.”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible.

Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.” 

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Exodus
Word Biblical Commentary
by John I. Durham

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Exodus commentary by John Durham

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “the strength of this commentary is its focus on the theology of the text”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation.

It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.” 

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Exodus
Tyndale Old Testament Commentary
by R. Alan Cole

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Exodus commentary R Alan Cole

Reviews and Accolades:

• John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Brief but well-researched and readable. Thoroughly evangelical in perspective. Helpful introductory sections on the historical background and theology of Exodus.”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means… [each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes.

It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.”

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Exodus
Interpretation
by Terence E. Fretheim

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Exodus commentary Terence Freitheim

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “very readable…stimulating in discussing the theological message of the book”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary.

These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching.

The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”

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Exodus
Understanding the Bible Commentary Series
by James K. Bruckner

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Exodus commentary James Bruckner

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, “intelligent, nuanced, relatively brief treatment of the book”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers.

They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated.”

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Exodus
A Mentor Commentary
by John L. Mackay

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Exodus commentary John Mackay

Reviews and Accolades:

• Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Exodus, “[Mackay’s] work should be consulted by every serious student of Exodus.”

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Mentor books are written at a level suitable for Bible College and seminary students, pastors, and other serious readers.” See more about the Mentor Bible Commentary series.


Exodus
New Cambridge Bible Commentary
by Carol Meyers

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Exodus commentary Carol Meyers

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “insightful in terms of the original meaning of the text… very winsomely written”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals… [volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek.”

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Verse-by-Verse Expository Commentaries


Exodus
Apollos Old Testament Commentary
by T. Desmond Alexander

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Exodus commentary Desmond Alexander

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Apollos Old Testament Commentary (AOTC) aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture.

It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers.”

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Exodus
Expositor’s Bible Commentary Revised
by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

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Exodus commentary Expositor's

Approach to Scripture: Evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors… its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible… the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical.” 

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Exodus
Brazos Theological Commentary
by Thomas Joseph White

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Exodus commentary Thomas Jospeh White

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret Scripture for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other Orthodox Christians did for their times and places.”

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Exodus
The College Press NIV Commentary
by Randall C. Bailey

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Exodus commentary Randall Bailey

Interview: See Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Randall Bailey on this volume 

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “College Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text.

It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student. The College Press NIV Commentary Series is the only full commentary set in print from the Restoration Movement.”

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Technical Commentaries


A Commentary on Exodus
Kregel Exegetical Library
by Duane A. Garrett

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Exodus commentary Duane Garrett

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “A Commentary on Exodus explores all of these events [of Exodus] with a view toward their significance both for the meaning of the Old Testament and for the message of the Christian church.

Exegetically deep enough to satisfy the scholar and logically organized to meet the needs of the pastor, Garrett’s commentary promises to become standard reference material in Exodus studies.”

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Exodus
The JPS Torah Commentary
by Nahum Sarna

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Exodus commentary Sarna

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field.”

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Exodus
Evangelical Exegetical Commentary
by Eugene Carpenter

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Exodus commentary Eugene Carpenter

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series incorporates the latest in critical biblical scholarship, yet each volume is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective.

The authors explore the context and meaning of the biblical books while showing the value and truth of the texts in ancient times and today.

These commentaries present historical and literary insights for understanding the text within the Bible’s larger story and applying it to everyday life.”

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Exodus
The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary
by William H.C. Propp

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Exodus commentary Anchor Propp

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.”

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Classic Christian Commentaries


Gleanings in Exodus
by A.W. Pink

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Exodus commentary Arthur Pink

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Gleanings in Exodus contains exhaustive studies that bring out deep theological and spiritual truths from the Scriptures. This is an excellent resource book.”


Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
edited by Joseph T. Leinhard

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Exodus commentary Ancient Christian

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The vast array of writings from the church fathers — including much that is available only in the ancient languages — have been combed for their comment on Scripture.”

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