Forthcoming Commentaries

Forthcoming Bible Commentaries from Christian Publishers

The publication of a new commentary is exciting.

I remember when people used to dress up like their favorite Harry Potter character and stand in line to buy the latest novel in that series at midnight on the release date. The local news would show live feeds of giddy children standing on the sidewalk peeking through store windows and counting down the minutes until they could make their purchase.

I have never read a Harry Potter book, but if a store would stay open until midnight to sell copies of the latest commentary on Exodus, Habakkuk, Romans, or Philemon, for instance, I would dress up as a Hebrew prophet or the Apostle Paul and wait in line to secure my copy. Yet I am fairly certain that there would neither be a live news feed nor a reporter present to ask me how excited I was. (Just for the record, the answer would be “very”.)

Most people have a more rational approach to forthcoming commentaries. People are intrigued because it may be the latest volume in a series that they like or the latest release from a favorite author. New commentaries can make Bible reading, study, preaching, and teaching fresh, and applications especially relevant. Here are some volumes to look forward to:


May 2018


Exalting Jesus in Luke by Thabiti Anyabwile (B&H Publishing Group)


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From the publisher: This series “takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition presented as sermons and divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect and Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.”


Psalms, Vol. 2 by W. Dennis Tucker Jr. and Jamie A. Grant (NIV Application Commentary Series)


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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. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.”


Jeremiah, Lamentations by J. Jeffery Tyler (Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament)


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From the publisher: “The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) provides a crucial link between the contemporary church and the great cloud of witnesses that is the historical church. The biblical insights and rhetorical power of the tradition of the Reformation are here made available as a powerful tool for the church of the twenty-first century. Like never before, believers can feel they are a part of a genuine tradition of renewal as they faithfully approach the Scriptures.”


June 2018


A Commentary on the Book of the Twelve: The Minor Prophets by Michael Shepherd in the Kregel Exegetical Library series


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From the publisher: “The books of the twelve Minor Prophets are some of the least studied by Christians today, but they contain some of the great themes of Scripture, such as God’s mercy and judgment, His covenant with Israel, the day of the Lord, and the coming of the Messiah. Arguing for a canonical unity that recognizes the Minor Prophets as one cohesive composition, Michael Shepherd explains the historical meaning of each verse of the twelve books and also provides guidance for application and preaching. Pastors, teachers, and serious students of Scripture will find a wealth of insights for understanding the Minor Prophets.”


Insights on 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude by Charles R. Swindoll (Tyndale)


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From the publisher: “The 15-volume Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary series draws on Gold Medallion Award–winner Chuck Swindoll’s 50 years of experience in studying and preaching God’s Word. His deep insight, signature easygoing style, and humor bring a warmth and practical accessibility not often found in commentaries. Each volume combines verse-by-verse commentary, charts, maps, photos, key terms, and background articles with practical application. The newly updated volumes now include parallel presentations of the NLT and NASB before each section. This series is a must-have for pastors, teachers, and anyone else who is seeking a deeply practical resource for exploring God’s Word.”


July 2018


1-2 Samuel by Paul Evans (The Story of God Bible Commentary)


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From the publisher: “The Story of God Bible Commentary is a new commentary for today’s world. It’s the first commentary series to explain and illuminate each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. This “story-centric” approach makes SGBC a fruitful resource for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and everyday readers.”


Revelation by Ian Paul (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)


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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.”


Psalms 101-150 by Jason Byassee (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)


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From the publisher: “Pastors and leaders of the classical church—such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley—interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ…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. The commentaries are designed to serve the church—through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.”


The Gospel of Luke (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington


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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… Utilizing recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.”


August 2018


The Letter to the Galatians by David A. Desilva in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series (Eerdmans)


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From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”


The Letters to Timothy and Titus by Robert W. Yarbrough in The Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans)


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From the publisher: “Designed for serious pastors and teachers of the Bible, the Pillar commentaries seek above all to make clear the text of Scripture as we have it…[the authors’] ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.”


Romans, 2nd Edition by Thomas R. Schreiner (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)


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From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.”


Hosea (Apollos Old Testament Commentary) by Joshua N. Moon


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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. Written by an international team of scholars and edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, these commentaries are intended to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, as well as scholars and all serious students of the Bible.”


Judges: A Critical and Rhetorical Commentary by Richard D. Nelson


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From the publisher: “The book of Judges is part of the world’s literary and cultural canon, and as such it provides insights about political leadership, gender relationships, power disparities, personal strengths and weakness, as well as social and political ethics. In addition, for many Jewish and Christian scholars, Judges is a canonical, scriptural text. This new commentary on Judges considers all these issues, adopting two key approaches: rhetorical criticism and historical criticism.”


September 2018


Romans by Frank S. Thielman in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series


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From the publisher: “The idea for this series was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the [original] text…We arrived at a design that includes seven components for the treatment of each biblical passage”: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application.”


Matthew by Jeannine K Brown and Kyle A. Roberts in the Two Horizons series (Eerdmans)


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From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.”


November 2018


The Letter to the Romans, 2nd ed. by Douglas J. Moo in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series (Eerdmans)


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From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”


1 Kings: Power, Politics, and the Hope of the World by John Woodhouse in the Preaching the Word series (Crossway)


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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.”


Judges and Ruth by Stephen E. Fowl and Laura A. Smit (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)


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From the publisher: “Pastors and leaders of the classical church—such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley—interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ…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. The commentaries are designed to serve the church—through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.”


December 2018


Ruth and Esther (Focus on the Bible) by Daniel Strain


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From the publisher: “Focus on the Bible commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are also useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.”


March 2019


Galatians: A Commentary by Craig S. Keener


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From the publisher: “Leading New Testament scholar Craig Keener is widely respected for his thorough research, sound judgments, and knowledge of ancient sources. His four-volume magnum opus on Acts has received high praise from all quarters. This commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians features Keener’s meticulous and comprehensive research and offers a wealth of fresh insights. It will benefit students, pastors, and church leaders alike.”


April 2019


Acts by Dean Pinter (The Story of God Bible Commentary)


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From the publisher: “A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is idea for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and all who want to understand the Bible in today’s world.”


Jeremiah and Lamentations by Steven Smith (Christ-Centered Expository Commentary)


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From the publisher: “Exalting Jesus in Jeremiah, Lamentations is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books.”


Luke by F. Scott Spencer (Two Horizons)


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From the publisher: “In this latest addition to the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary series, Spencer integrates close textual analysis of Luke’s unfolding narrative with systematic theology, spiritual forma­tion, philosophical inquiry, and psychological research. With section-by-section commentary, Spencer highlights the overriding salvific message that runs through Luke’s gospel. Pastors, scholars, and students alike will benefit from Spencer’s insight into Luke’s theological significance.”


Colossians and Philemon by G.K. Beale (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)


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From the publisher: “In this addition to the award-winning BECNT series, leading New Testament scholar and bestselling author G. K. Beale offers a substantive evangelical commentary on Colossians and Philemon. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Beale leads readers through all aspects of Colossians and Philemon–sociological, historical, and theological–to help them better understand the meaning and relevance of these biblical books.”


May 2019


Esther by Landon Dowden (Christ-Centered Expository Commentary)


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From the publisher: “Exalting Jesus in Esther is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books.”


September 2019


Joshua by Lissa Wray Beal (The Story of God Bible Commentary)


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From the publisher: “A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. Its story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and laypeople alike.”


Also see:

Author interviews index

Commentaries by series

Old Testament commentaries index

New Testament commentaries index