International Critical Commentary – Old Testament | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the International Critical Bible Commentary Series

Isaiah bible commentaryProfessor James Dunn, University of Durham, UK:

“ICC has been the supreme English language Bible commentary series throughout the twentieth century, and the recent additions to it…maintain its reputation as the commentary of choice, the first volume to be pulled from the shelf when a really tricky issue of exegesis or exposition is involved or an authoritative survey of historical and recent scholarly interpretation is sought on any particular passage.”

Purpose of the International Critical Commentary Series

From the publisher: “For over 100 years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis-linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological-with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought. The first paperback editions to be published cover the heart of the New Testament, providing a wealth of information and research in accessible and attractive format.”

Volumes in the International Critical Commentary Series

Genesis – John Skinner

Numbers – G. Buchanan Gra

Saturday Review:

“Most Bible readers have the impression that Numbers is a dull book only relieved by the brilliancy of the Balaam chapters and some snatches of old Hebrew songs, but, as Professor Gray shows with admirable skill and insight, its historical and religious value is not that which lies on the surface. Professor Gray’s commentary is distinguished by fine scholarship and sanity of judgment; it is impossible to commend it too warmly.”

deuteronomy bible commentaryDeuteronomy – S. R. Driver

E. L. Curtis, professor, Yale University:

“It is a pleasure to see at last a really critical Old Testament commentary in English upon a portion of the Pentateuch, and especially one of such merit. This I find superior to any other commentary in any language upon Deuteronomy.”

Judges – G. F. Moore

L. W. Batten, P. E. Divinity School, Philadelphia:

“Professor Moore has more than sustained his scholarly reputation in this work, which gives us for the first time in English a commentary on Judges not excelled, if indeed equalled, in any language of the world.”

Samuel I and II – H. P. Smith

The Evangelist:

“The literary quality of the book deserves mention. We do not usually go to commentaries for models of English style. But this book has a distinct, though unobtrusive, literary flavor. It is delightful reading. The translation is always felicitous, and often renders further comment needless.”

Kings I and II – H. S. Gehman and James A. Montgomery

The Baptist Quarterly:

“The commentary . . . is a powerful example of painstaking and erudite scholarship, reflecting the results of life’s work. . . . pays particular attention to the significance of recent archaeological discoveries which have a bearing on the period of history under review.”

Chronicles I and II – E. L. Curtis, Albert Madsen

John D. Davis, The Princeton Theological Review:

“To those whose work calls for a strictly critical commentary on the text and the sources this commentary is commended. It is a report of progress along these lines, a guide to the literature, a display of the material for discussion. For this purpose there is no other one book in English of equal value with this work of Professor Curtis.”

Ezra and Nehemiah – L. W. Batten

Esther – L. B. Paton

Job – S. R. Driver, G. Buchanan Gray

Psalms: Vol. 1 – C. A. Briggs, E. G. Briggs

The Westminster:

“It is scarcely too much to say that we have here in compact form the best available commentary upon the first book of the psalter. It is not simply grammatical and lexical, but it embodies the best results of the author’s study of biblical theology. These serve to bring out doubly the significance and import of these hymns of worship of ancient Israel.”

Psalms: Vol. 2 – C. A. Briggs, E. G. Briggs

The Outlook:

“Christian scholarship seems here to have reached the highest level yet attained in study of the book which in religious importance stands next to the Gospels. His work upon it is not likely to be excelled in learning, both massive and minute, by any volume of the International Series, to which it belongs.”

Proverbs – C. H. Toy

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology:

“This commentary demonstrates Toy’s mastery of ancient languages, and exhibits his convictions about Israelite monotheism.”

Ecclesiastes – G. A. Barton

Isaiah 1–5 – H. G. M. Williamson

Isaiah 1–27 – George Buchanan Gray

Westminster Theological Journal:

“Of great value is the commentary of G. Buchanan Gray on the first 27 chapters of Isaiah. From the point of view of philology the work is excellent, and the discussion of the versions is very valuable. The book will long remain a standard work of reference.”

Isaiah 40–55, Vol. 1 – John Goldingay and David Payne


“Isaiah 40–55 is unusually challenging on both the macro and micro levels. To combine literary sensibilities with traditional textual and historical methods is challenging as well. These informative, careful, and copiously researched volumes respectably fill a long-felt gap and will surely be sought as important reference works in the study of Isaiah for decades to come.”

Isaiah 40–55, Vol. 2 – John Goldingay and David Payne

Marvin A. Sweeney, professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology:

“The commentary constitutes a detailed exegetical discussion, including interaction with ancient and medieval Jewish and Christian sources as well as modern commentators. Although interpreters will invariably find much to challenge, this highly detailed commentary presents a very useful resource to interpreters of Isaiah 40–55.”

Isaiah 56–66 – John Goldingay

Jeremiah 1–25 – William McKane

Jeremiah 26–52 – William McKane

Lamentations – R. B. Salters

Ezekiel – G. A. Cooke

Daniel – J. A. Montgomery

Hosea – A. A. Macintosh

The Catholic Biblical Quarterly:

“In this commentary, the result of a 15 year effort, Macintosh succeeds admirably in applying traditional linguistic and historical tools of exegesis.”

Amos and Hosea – W. R. Harper

Lewis B. Paton, professor of Hebrew, Hartford Theological Seminary:

“I shall have pleasure in recommending it to all students in our seminary. This book fills, in the most favorable manner, a long-felt want for a good critical commentary on two of the most interesting books in the Old Testament.”

Micah, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Obadiah, and Joel – John Merlin Powis Smith, W. H. Ward, and J. A. Bewer

Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and Jonah – J. A. Bewer, J. M. P. Smith, H. G. Mitchell

Also see:

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)