Best Jude Commentaries | Updated for 2021

The best Jude commentaries are listed below. There are exegetical commentaries, scholarly and technical commentaries, as well as commentaries that are easy to understand. The “Top 10” list is based on aggregate reviews.

This list of commentaries is intended to help the reader understand and apply Jude’s message in the book of Jude. They are not suggested as a replacement for prayer, the Holy Spirit, and the reader’s own diligent study of Scripture.

It is hoped that these books will aid the Christian pastor, preacher, teacher, student, as well as any Bible reader that wants to understand more about Jude.

May each reader’s aim be to glorify God in Jesus Christ; to strengthen Christ’s bride, the Church; and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.

After browsing the commentaries below, see the best one-volume bible commentaries, based on aggregate reviews.

10 Best Jude Commentaries

Please read: The “Top 10” list below is a starting point for learning about Jude commentaries. It is not intended to be the “final word” because of its limitations.

Nevertheless, a list based on aggregate reviews is likely to point many people in the right direction to find the right resource for their purposes.

#1

Jude-2 Peter
Word Biblical Commentary
by Richard Bauckham

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Peter Jude commentary by Richard Bauckham

Reviews and Accolades:

• Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Timothy

• Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Jude

• D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “by far the best work on 2 Peter and Jude”

• Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical but enormously useful commentary – the best on 2 Peter and Jude”

• Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Many rank Bauckham’s work as the best commentary on these two biblical books. Unfortunately (and without sufficient reason) Bauckham concludes that Peter was not the author of 2 Peter.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Bauckham takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is an English Anglican scholar.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes that the WBC series “delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation.”

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Please also see Best Commentary Series: The Top 50. Based on aggregate reviews.

#2

Jude and 2 Peter
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
by Gene L. Green

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Peter Jude commentary by Gene Green

Reviews and Accolades:

• Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Jude

• D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “especially strong on the Hellenistic context in which it was written”

• Tom Schreiner: recommended: “an interpretation of the Greek text”

• Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “If you are able to have only one commentary on 2 Peter and Jude, this recent commentary by Gene Green should be at the top of your wish list.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Green takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

Green also wrote the 1-2 Thessalonians commentary in the PNTC series, which is considered one of the best 1-2 Thessalonians commentaries.

The publisher notes that the BECNT series provides “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.”

See more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.

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#3

The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude
Pillar New Testament Commentary
by Peter H. Davids

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Peter Jude commentary by Peter Davids

Reviews and Accolades:

• Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Jude

• Tom Schreiner: recommended: “exposition of the English text”

• D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “perhaps a first choice for pastors… accessible to the well-trained pastor”

• Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Until the publication of Gene Green’s commentary, this volume by Peter Davids was the best commentary on these two neglected books.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Davids takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is a Catholic priest. He teaches at Houston Baptist University.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

Davids also wrote the James commentary in the NIGTC series, which is considered one of the best James commentaries.

The publisher notes that the Pillar series combines “rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.”

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#4

1, 2 Peter, Jude
New American Commentary
by Thomas Schreiner

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1-2 Peter Jude commentary by Thomas Schreiner

Reviews and Accolades:

• Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Jude

• D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Jude, “nicely displays Schreiner’s combination of exegesis and theological reflection couched in admirable clarity”

• Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 and 2 Peter and Jude, “Thomas Schreiner’s work is always worth consulting. He has written some very good works on New Testament theology,and his strengths in this area shine through in this commentary. Very helpful.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Schreiner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

Schreiner also wrote the Hebrews commentary in the BTCP series, which is considered one of the best Hebrews commentaries.

The publisher notes that the NAC series “has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”

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#5

2 Peter, Jude
NIV Application Commentary
by Douglas J. Moo

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Peter Jude commentary by Douglas Moo

Reviews and Accolades:

• Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Jude

• Tom Schreiner: recommended: “solid exegesis and theology, with application for today”

• Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Moo is an outstanding New Testament scholar. This work should prove especially helpful to pastors.”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Moo takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

Moo is well-known for his Romans commentary in the NICNT series, which is considered one of the best Romans commentaries.

The publisher notes that the NIVAC series “helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance.”

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#6

The Epistles of Peter and of Jude
Black’s New Testament Commentary
by J.N.D. Kelly

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Peter Jude commentary by J.N.D. Kelly

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a very helpful and clear exposition”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Kelly takes a critical approach to Scripture. He taught at the University of Oxford (d. 1997).

Kelly also wrote the 1 Timothy commentary in the same series.

The publisher notes that the BNTC series “has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary.”

#7

2 Peter and Jude
Tyndale New Testament Commentary
by Michael Green

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Peter Jude commentary by Michael Green

Reviews and Accolades:

• Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a good commentary for the busy pastor”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Green takes an evangelical approach to Scripture.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes that the TNTC series “examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.”

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#8

The Message of 2 Peter and Jude
Bible Speaks Today
by Dick Lucas and Christopher Green

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Jude commentary Lucas Green

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Green takes an evangelical approach to Scripture.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes that ” 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.”

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#9

1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude
Expositor’s Bible Commentary Revised
by J. Daryl Charles

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Jude commentary Expositor's

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Charles takes an evangelical approach to Scripture.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes that the REBC series is “committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” See more about the Expositor’s Commentary Series.

#10

2 Peter and Jude
Two Horizons New Testament Commentary
by Ruth Anne Reese

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Jude commentary Ruth Anne Reese

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes that the Two Horizons series bridges “the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the New Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns.”

More Book of Jude Commentaries for Christian Ministry

Please read: Why are the Jude commentaries below not in the “Top 10”? It’s not necessarily because they have received poor reviews or because people haven’t found them helpful. The reasons vary:

  • Some are relatively new and haven’t been widely reviewed, read, or used yet.
  • Others haven’t been widely distributed, so it is difficult to get enough information to aggregate.
  • Still others may be outdated in relation to biblical scholarship or out of print and difficult to acquire.

The “Top 10” list is reviewed annually. Readers are encouraged to consider the volumes in this section before making a purchase. These 10 are not in any particular order.


2 Peter and Jude
IVP New Testament Commentary
by Robert Harvey and Philip H. Towner

Jude commentary Harvey Towner

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Towner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

Towner also wrote the 1-2 Timothy commentary in the NICNT series, which is considered one of the best 1-2 Timothy commentaries.

The publisher notes that the IVPNTC series is “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.”

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1-2 Peter, Jude
Understanding the Bible Commentary Series
by Norman Hillyer

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Jude commentary Norman Hillyer

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Hillyer takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He was an English minister.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the UCBS series offers “section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted…”

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

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Jude commentary Ben Witherington

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Witherington takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Arminian.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

Witherington also wrote the Revelation commentary in the NCBC series, which is considered one of the best Revelation commentaries.

Witherington also wrote the Mark commentary in the same series.

The publisher notes that in the SRC series “the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read.”


2 Peter and Jude
Concordia Commentary
by Curtis P. Giese

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Jude commentary Curtis Giese

Theology, Audience, Purpose: Giese takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is evangelical and Lutheran.

While not technical, the volumes in the Concordia Commentary series reflect seminary-level scholarship. The target audience is pastors, professors, and teachers. The target audience is pastors, professors, and teachers.

According to the publisher, authors in the Concordia series “fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes ‘that which promotes Christ’ in each pericope.”


Jude
Teach the Text Commentary Series
by Jim Samra

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Jude commentary Jim Samra

Theology, Audience, Purpose: Samra takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes.

The publisher notes that the Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively.” See more about the Teach the Text Bible commentary series.


1-2 Peter, James, and Jude
Interpretation
by Pheme Perkins

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Jude commentary Pheme Perkins

Theology, Audience, Purpose: This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes that the Interpretation series is “designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary… the purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”


1 and 2 Peter and Jude
Focus on the Bible
by Paul Gardner

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Jude commentary Paul Gardner

Theology, Audience, Purpose: Gardner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes.

The publisher notes that the FOB series is “especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth.” See more about the Focus on the Bible commentary series.


1–2 Peter and Jude
Preaching the Word
by David R. Helm

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Jude commentary David R. Helm

Theology, Audience, Purpose: Helm takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed.

This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers.

The publisher notes the the Preaching the Word series “has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible.”

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Jude
Evangelical Exegetical Commentary
by Herbert W. Bateman IV

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Jude commentary Herbert Bateman

Theology, Audience, Purpose: Bateman IV takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary will be maximized by those who have had training in Greek.

The publisher notes that the EEC series “incorporates the latest in critical biblical scholarship, yet each volume is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective.”


Classic Jude Commentaries

Jude
Crossway Classics
by Thomas Manton

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Jude commentary Thomas Manton

Synopsis: From the publisher: “For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth.

The Crossway Classic Commentaries present the very best work on individual Bible books, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness for today’s believers.” 


2 Peter and Jude
MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series
by John MacArthur

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Jude commentary John MacArthur

Synopsis: From the publisher: “If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary.

The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse — sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.”


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