Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised (REBC) | Reviews, Theology

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series has been a popular resource for lay Christians and pastors since it was first published in the late 1970’s. Several volumes have been well-reviewed for their evangelical theology, their usefulness to pastors, their overall readability, and for their relative affordability. The original EBC series won the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association “Gold Medallion Book Award” for bible commentaries in 1983. With many volumes undergoing revision in the last decade, this series continues to be relevant 50 years after it first appeared.

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Volumes in the original EBC series were written between 1976 and 1992. 50 different authors contributed. Frank Gaebelein (d. 1983) was the first editor of the series. He is known for having been the editor of Christianity Today magazine, serving on the executive committee of Billy Graham’s famous sixteen-week crusade at Madison Square Garden in 1957, and for being part of the NIV translation team.

The Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, edited by Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland, is a 2012 update to the original collection, which includes the work of 56 different authors, 30 of which are new. Revised volumes are also available in electronic format. [1]

In the original preface to the EBC series, Gaebelein wrote that this series was “written primarily by expositors for expositors.” The volumes in this series are not technical in nature so there is not extensive interaction with the original languages. The revised editions continue this approach. Though authors may discuss recent scholarship, the goal “is to elucidate the text and not to provide a guide to the scholarly literature about the text.” [2]

Theologically, authors in the original and revised volumes “are committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” They also represent “confessional diversity.” [3]

Note: See the Bible Commentaries Comparison Chart to see how the REBC series compares to dozens of other commentary series.

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Revised Expositor’s Commentary Series (REBC): Reviews

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Numerous Old Testament volumes in the series have been well-reviewed and are considered some of the best scholarship in their subject area, such as John Sailhamer’s Genesis commentary and Willem VanGmeren’s Psalms commentary. Many New Testament volumes have also been well-reviewed and are considered some of the best scholarship in their respective subject area, such as D.A. Carson’s Matthew commentary and Richard Longenecker’s Acts commentary.

Observers have noted that certain biblical books that are important to eschatology have premillennial authors, such as the 1-2 Thessalonians commentaries, which are written by Robert L. Thomas and the Revelation commentary, which is written by Alan F. Johnson.

One of the most well-reviewed commentaries in the EBC series is the Psalms volume by Willem A. VanGemeren, who was the professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is now retired. About this volume, Michael Sangrove, in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, wrote, “this is an impressive and enjoyable contribution to the literature.” [4]

Interview: See Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Willem VanGemeren on this volume

Volumes in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series — New and Revised

Please note that the hardback volumes were re-numbered for the 2012 revised version. Also, some single-book volumes are only available in electronic format.

The links below go to Amazon, which sells new and used copies. Also visit Christian Book Distributors’ REBC commentaries page to compare prices.

Original (1976)

Volume 1: Introductory Articles: General, Old Testament, New Testament | Hardback | Pages: 752

Examples of Articles:

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  • Carl F. H. Henry on the Authority and Inspiration of the Bible
  • F. F. Bruce on The Transmission and Translation of the Bible
  • Bruce M. Metzger on The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
  • Bruce K. Waltke on The Textual Criticism of the Old Testament
  • Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. On the Theology of the Old Testament
  • William Sanford LaSor on The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Gordon D. Fee on The Textual Criticism of the New Testament
  • Donald Guthrie on Historical and Literary Criticism of the New Testament
  • I. Howard Marshall on Jesus and the Gospels
  • Roger Nicole on the Old Testament in the New Testament

Revised (2012)

Please note that Volume 1 in the revised edition does not contain a collection of articles, but consists of Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus.

Volume 1: Genesis–Leviticus | Hardback | Pages: 832

Genesis: John H. Sailhamer (single volume only available in electronic format)

Exodus: Walter C. Kaiser (single volume only available in electronic format)

Leviticus: Richard R. Hess – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 2: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers | Hardback | Pages: 1,008

Authors:

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A few original-edition New Testament volumes were released as paperbacks

Genesis: John H. Sailhamer

Exodus: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

Leviticus: R. Laird Harris

Numbers: Ronald B. Allen

Revised (2012)

Volume 2: Numbers–Ruth | Hardback | Pages: 1,360

Authors and additional formats:

Numbers: Ronald B. Allen (single volume only available in electronic format)

Deuteronomy: Michael A. Grisanti – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Joshua: Helene Dallaire – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Judges: Mark J. Boda – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ruth: George Schwab – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 3: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel | Hardback | Pages: 1,120

Authors:

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Deuteronomy: Earl S. Kalland

Joshua: Donald H. Madvig

Judges: Herbert Wolf

Ruth: F. B. Huey, Jr.

1, 2 Samuel: Ronald F. Youngblood

Revised (2012)

Authors and additional formats:

Volume 3: 1 Samuel–2 Kings | Hardback | Pages: 960

1, 2 Samuel: Ronald F. Youngblood (single volume only available in electronic format)

1, 2 Kings: Hermann J. Austel and Richard D. Patterson (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 4: 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job | Hardback | Pages: 1,060

Authors:

1, 2 Kings: Richard D. Patterson and Hermann J. Austel

1, 2 Chronicles: J. Barton Payne

Ezra, Nehemiah: Edwin Yamauchi

Esther: F. B. Huey, Jr.

Job: Elmer B. Smick

Revised (2012)

Authors and additional formats:

Volume 4: 1 Chronicles – Job | Hardback | Pages: 928

1 and 2 Chronicles: Frederick J. Mabie – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ezra and Nehemiah: Edwin M. Yamauchi (single volume only available in electronic format)

Esther: Elaine Phillips – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Job: Elmer B. Smick (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Authors:

Volume 5: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs | Hardback | Pages: 1,244

Psalms: Willem A. VanGemeren

Proverbs: Allen P. Ross

Ecclesiastes: J. Stafford Wright

Song of Songs: Dennis F. Kinlaw

Revised (2012)

Volume 5: PsalmsPages: 1,011

Authors and additional formats:

Psalms: Willem A. VanGemeren (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 6: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel | Hardback | Pages: 1,024

Authors:

Isaiah: Geoffrey W. Grogan

Jeremiah: Charles L. Feinberg

Lamentations: H. L. Ellison

Ezekiel: Ralph H. Alexander

Revised (2012)

Authors and additional formats:

Volume 6: Proverbs–Isaiah | Hardback | Pages: 864

Proverbs: Allen P. Ross (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ecclesiastes: Jerry E. Shepherd – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Song of Songs: George M. Schwab – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Isaiah: Geoffrey W. Grogan (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 7: Daniel and the Minor Prophets | Hardback | Pages: 752

Authors:

Daniel: Gleason L. Archer, Jr.

Hosea: Leon J. Wood

Joel: Richard D. Patterson

Amos: Thomas E. McComiskey

Obadiah: Carl E. Armerding

Jonah: H. L. Ellison

Micah: Thomas E. McComiskey

Nahum, Habakkuk: Carl E. Armerding

Zephaniah: Larry Walker

Haggai: Robert L. Alden

Zechariah: Kenneth L. Barker

Malachi: Robert L. Alden

Revised (2012)

Volume 7: Jeremiah–Ezekiel | Hardback | Pages: 928

Authors and additional formats:

Jeremiah: Michael L. Brown – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Lamentations: Paul W. Ferris – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ezekiel: Ralph H. Alexander (single volume only available in electronic format)


Revised (2012)

In the original version, the Old Testament volumes stop with 7.

Volume 8: Daniel–Malachi | Hardback | Pages: 864

Authors and additional formats:

Daniel: Andrew E. Hill – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Hosea: M. Daniel Carroll – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Joel: Richard D. Patterson (single volume only available in electronic format)

Amos: Thomas E. McComiskey (single volume only available in electronic format)

Obadiah: Carl E. Armerding (single volume only available in electronic format)

Jonah: John Walton – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Micah: Thomas E. McComiskey (single volume only available in electronic format)

Nahum: Carl E. Armerding (single volume only available in electronic format)

Habakkuk: Carl E. Armerding (single volume only available in electronic format)

Zephaniah: Larry L. Walker (single volume only available in electronic format)

Haggai: Eugene H. Merrill – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Zechariah: Kenneth L. Barker (single volume only available in electronic format)

Malachi: Eugene H. Merrill – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


New Testament Volumes

Original (1976)

Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke | Hardback | Pages: 1,059

Authors and additional formats:

Matthew: D. A. Carson (2-volume paperback volume available)

Mark: Walter W. Wessel (paperback volume available)

Luke: Walter L. Liefeld (paperback volume available)

Revised (2012)

Volume 9: Matthew and Mark | Hardback | Pages: 992

Authors and additional formats:

Matthew: D. A. Carson (single volume only available in electronic format)

Mark: Walter W. Wessel and Mark L. Strauss – Strauss new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 9: John and Acts | Hardback | Pages: 592

Authors and additional formats:

John: Merrill C. Tenney (paperback volume)

Acts: Richard N. Longenecker (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 10: Luke – Acts | Hardback | Pages: 1,104

Authors and additional formats:

Luke: Walter L. Liefeld and David W. Pao – Pao new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

John: Robert H. Mounce – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Acts: Richard N. Longenecker (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 10: Romans through Galatians | Hardback | Pages: 528

Authors and additional formats:

Romans: Everett F. Harrison (paperback volume)

1 Corinthians: W. Harold Mare (paperback volume)

2 Corinthians: Murray J. Harris (paperback volume)

Galatians: James Montgomery Boice (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 11: Romans–Galatians | Hardback | Pages: 640

Authors and additional formats:

Romans: Everett F. Harrison and Donald A. Hagner – Hagner new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Corinthians: Verlyn D. Verbrugge – new to revised version  (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Corinthians: Murray J. Harris (single volume only available in electronic format)

Galatians: Robert Keith Rapa – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 11: Ephesians through Philemon | Hardback | Pages: 480

Authors and additional formats:

Ephesians: A. Skevington Wood (paperback volume)

Philippians: Homer A. Kent, Jr. (paperback volume)

Colossians: Curtis Vaughan (paperback volume)

1, 2 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (paperback volume)

1, 2, Timothy: Ralph Earle (paperback volume)

Titus: D. Edmond Hiebert (paperback volume)

Philemon: Arthur A. Rupprecht (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 12: Ephesians – Philemon | Hardback | Pages: 656

Authors and additional formats:

Ephesians: William W. Klein – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Philippians: David E. Garland – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Colossians: Todd D. Still – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Timothy: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Timothy: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Titus: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Philemon: Arthur A. Ruprecht (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 12: Hebrews through Revelation | Hardback | Pages: 624

Authors and additional formats:

Hebrews: Leon Morris (paperback volume)

James: Donald W. Burdick (paperback volume)

1, 2 Peter: Edwin A. Blum (paperback volume)

1, 2, 3 John: Glenn W. Barker (paperback volume)

Jude: Edwin A. Blum (paperback volume)

Revelation: Alan F. Johnson (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 13: Hebrews–Revelation | Hardback | Pages: 800

Authors and additional formats:

Hebrews: R. T. France – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

James: George Guthrie – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Peter: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Peter: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

3 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Jude: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Revelation: Alan F. Johnson (single volume only available in electronic format)


Footnotes:

  1. https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/ebc-r/
  2. Found in the “Preface” of any volume in the series.
  3. Sadgrove, Michael. Source: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 34 no 5 Jun 2010, p 119. (subscription required)