Top Commentaries on Hebrews

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Hebrews are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Hebrews 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. (See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.)

Best Reviewed Bible Commentaries on Hebrews



Hebrews 1-8 and 9-13 (Word Biblical Commentary) by William L. Lane


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “accessible to pastors and students…[a] mix of technical comment and thoughtful theology”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical but enormously helpful commentary on Hebrews – best in my judgment”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “Of all the commentaries on Hebrews that I have looked at and used, I have found the two-volume set by William Lane to be the one I turn to first.”

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.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.



The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Greek Testament Commentary) by Paul Ellingworth


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Hebrews

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “impressive.,” strong “in analyzing the subtleties of the Greek text”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “technical details supplied, but it is hard to see the big picture”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “Paul Ellingworth’s commentary on Hebrews is a massive technical commentary on the Greek text. For those doing in-depth study of the book, it is invaluable.”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGTC will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGTC are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.” See more about the New International Greek Testament Commentary series.



The Epistles to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by F.F. Bruce


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “a great deal of useful exegetical information and writes with caution”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a clear exposition of the letter”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “Originally published in the mid-1960s, this commentary was completely revised and republished in 1990, the year of Professor Bruce’s death. The commentary is thorough yet accessible and should be consulted by all students of this book of Scripture.”

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

Purpose: 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.” See more about the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.



Hebrews (Hermeneia) by Harold W. Attridge


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “masterful…no serious student of the text can afford to ignore this commentary”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical and very helpful exposition of the letter”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books… The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible…The editors of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors).” See more about the Hermeneia Bible commentary series.



Hebrews (New International Version Application Commentary) by George H. Guthrie


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “above average for the series”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “lucid exposition with application to today’s world”

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. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.



Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews by David A. DeSilva


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a social scientific commentary”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Using sociorhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series.



A Commentary on the Epistles to the Hebrews by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “better than most commentaries at surveying the history of interpretation across the entire span of the church”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “If there is a second “must-read” commentary on Hebrews, it is the contemporary classic by Philip Hughes. He is particularly helpful in drawing out theological implications of the text.”

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Following an introduction which includes an outline and synopsis of Hebrews as well as discussion of theme, origin, authorship, and date, Hughes makes a detailed verse-by-verse study of the text. Technical points are dealt with in notes and excursuses, making the work accessible to the specialist and nonspecialist reader alike.”



Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a theologically astute exposition”

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.” See more about the Preaching the Word commentary series.



Hebrews (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by R. T. France


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “France has done extensive work on the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, which suits him particularly well as a commentator on Hebrews.”

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 – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.” See more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, original and revised.



The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Gareth Lee Cockerill


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

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

Purpose: 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 Letter to the Hebrews (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Peter T. O’Brien


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “the best commentaries for pastors…superb scholarship is intertwined with the least common gift, common sense”

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

Purpose: 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.” See more about the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

Also see: Why Aren’t Peter O’Brien’s Commentaries in Publication Anymore?



Hebrews (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by Donald A. Hagner


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a brief and insightful interpretation for the busy pastor”

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. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.” See more about the Understanding the Bible Commentary series.



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Hebrews (Reformed Expositional Commentary) by Richard D. Phillips


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

Purpose: The REC series has “four fundamental commitments. First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.” See more about the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



Hebrews (New American Commentary) by David L. Allen


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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.” See more about the New American Commentary series.



Hebrews (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Donald Guthrie


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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.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.



The Message of Hebrews (The Bible Speaks Today) by Raymond Brown


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

Purpose: 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.” See more about the Bible Speaks Today commentary series.



Hebrews (The New Testament Library) by Luke Timothy Johnson


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text.” See more about the New Testament Library commentary series.



Hebrews (The IVP New Testament Commentary) by Ray Stedman


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume, informed by the best of up-to-date evangelical scholarship, presents passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV along with background information on authorship, setting, theme and various interpretive issues… Preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.” See more about the IVP New Testament Commentary series.



Hebrews (Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation) by Thomas S. Schreiner


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate biblical theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations.”



Hebrews, James and Jude (A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary) by Ben Witherington III


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Using sociorhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series.



Classic Christian Commentaries



Hebrews (Geneva Series of Commentaries) by John Brown


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “By seeking to develop a style of exposition that was both edifying to his congregation and valuable to his divinity students, he produced commentaries which, in the words of Dr. William Cunningham, ‘formed a marked era in the history of Scriptural Interpretation’. Not behind the foremost contemporary scholars in his emphasis on correct exegesis, he nevertheless sought not only that the minds of his readers might be brought ‘into immediate contact with the mind of the Spirit’ but that their whole being might be resigned to ‘the empire of the Word of God'”.



Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter (Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries) by John Calvin


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “The power of John Calvin’s verse-by-verse study of Hebrews and the First and Second Epistles of Peter is masterfully captured in this translation by William B. Johnston. Precise and authoritative, yet lucid and very readable…”



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