Forthcoming Commentaries

Upcoming 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:



January 2019



Philippians (Kerux: A Commentary for Biblical Preaching and Teaching) by Thomas Moore


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From the publisher: “Kerux Commentaries enable pastors and teachers to understand and effectively present the message of a biblical text. Kerux opens up each text of the Bible by explaining the message of the text to the original audience, unpacking the timeless truth of the passage, and finally providing communication insights for conveying that truth to a contemporary audience.”



March 2019



Acts Verse by Verse (Osborne New Testament Commentaries) by Grant R. Osborne


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From the publisher: “In Acts Verse by Verse, Grant Osborne guides readers through these crucial events in history. He shows us that by sending his Holy Spirit, the risen and exalted Lord was acting through the apostles–and through us today–to transform human history. Osborne skillfully explains the significance of these events and shows us how we can draw inspiration from them today.”



A Commentary on Romans (Kregel Exegetical Library) by John Harvey


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From the publisher: “This volume in the Kregel Exegetical Library combines up-to-date scholarship and concrete application to serve as an ideal guide for preaching and teaching the foundational New Testament book of Romans.”



April 2019



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


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Interview: See Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Dean Pinter on this volume

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 (Christ-Centered Expository Commentary) by Steven Smith


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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 (Two Horizons) by F. Scott Spencer


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Interview forthcoming

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


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Interview: See Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with G.K. Beale on this volume

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.”



1-2 Timothy and Titus (For You) by Phillip Jensen


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Interview forthcoming

From the publisher: “Phillip Jensen opens up these letters for us, calling readers to do just what Timothy didto love Christ and teach truth in our generation, and to teach others to do the same. This accessible, absorbing expository guide opens up this book for new and mature Christians alike. It is more applied than a typical commentary, making it a great resource for personal devotion, as well as useful for leading small group studies or sermon preparation.”



2 Kings (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Philip Graham Ryken

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From the publisher: “The book of 2 Kings is the tale of two kingdoms—Israel and Judah—and also the story of a prophet greater than Elijah, Elisha son of Shaphat. Although the book’s overarching narrative is one of tragic decline leading to exile, hope remains as God again and again fulfills his promise to never to let go of the line of David.”



May 2019



Galatians: A Commentary by Craig S. Keener


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Interview forthcoming

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.”



Esther (Christ-Centered Expository Commentary) by Landon Dowden


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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.”



Nahum (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament) by Daniel I. Block and Daniel Timmer


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From the publisher: “Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. With careful discourse analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text, the authors trace the flow of argument in each Old Testament book, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.”



Joel (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament) by Joel Barker and Daniel I. Block


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From the publisher: “Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. With careful discourse analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text, the authors trace the flow of argument in each Old Testament book, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.”



June 2019



Ephesians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Darrell L. Bock


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Interview forthcoming

From the publisher: “In this Tyndale Commentary, Darrell Bock shows how this precious jewel of a letter combines gospel doctrine, enablement, and exhortation to life. The Tyndale Commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties.”



Summer 2019

1 Kings 12-22 (Concordia Commentary)

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July 2019



Hebrews (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament) by Dana M. Harris


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From the publisher: “The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority.”



August 2019



The Second Book of Samuel (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) by David Toshio Tsumura


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From the publisher: “Second Samuel includes some of the most well-known and theologically layered episodes in the Old Testament, such as the Lord’s establishment of an eternal covenant with David, David’s sin with Bathsheba, and the subsequent account of Absalom’s rebellion. In this second part of an ambitious two-volume commentary on the books of Samuel, David Toshio Tsumura elucidates the rich text of 2 Samuel with special attention to literary and textual issues. Tsumura interprets the book in light of the meaning of the original composition, and he provides a fresh new translation based on careful analysis of the Hebrew text.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (Brazos Theological Commentary) by Peter J. Leithart and R.R. Reno


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Interview forthcoming

From the publisher: “Peter Leithart, a respected theologian known for his ability to communicate to a broad audience, offers a theological reading of 1 and 2 Chronicles. Leithart uncovers the narrative logic of Chronicles, highlights the role of music and government in Israel and in the church, and shows how Judah’s history moves from the world of the monarchy to the postexilic world in which Israel is scattered among Gentiles. This commentary is designed to serve the church, providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.”



Daniel (Word Biblical Commentary) by Dr. John Goldingay and Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford


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From the publisher: “The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series 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. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.”



1, 2, 3, John (For You) by HB Charles, Jr.

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Fall 2019

Mark 8:27–16:8 and Mark 16:9–20 (Concordia Commentary)

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October 2019



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


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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.”



November 2019



Revelation (Paideia) by Sigve K. Tonstad

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From the publisher: “This practical commentary on Revelation is conversant with contemporary scholarship, draws on ancient backgrounds, and attends to the theological nature of the text. Sigve Tonstad, an expert in the early Jewish context of the New Testament, offers a nonretributive reading of Revelation and addresses the issue of divine violence.”



2020 – Announced So Far



Undated in 2020

2 Timothy-Titus (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Dan Doriani and Richard Phillips

Psalms 73-106 (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Richard Phillips

1-3 John (Toller Lege) by Richard Phillips

January

1-2 Chronicles (Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation)

November

Zechariah (Concordia) by Reed Lessing



2021



2022



Genesis, 2 vols – (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Richard Phillips



2024



Psalms 1-72 (New American Commentary) by Daniel Estes



Also see:

Author interviews index

Technical commentaries

Old Testament commentaries index

New Testament commentaries index