Top Commentaries on Jude

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Jude are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Jude 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 Jude


Jude-2 Peter (Word Biblical Commentary) by Richard Bauckham


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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.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.

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


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


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

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


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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. 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.” See more about the New American Commentary series.

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


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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. 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.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.

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


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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.” See more about Black’s New Testament Commentary series.


2 Peter and Jude (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Michael Green


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

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Verse-by-Verse Expository Commentaries


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


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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. Lucas also wrote the Colossians commentary in the same series. 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.” See more about the Bible Speaks Today commentary series.

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


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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.

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


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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.” See more about the Two Horizons Bible commentary series.

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


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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. 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.” See more about IVP New Testament Commentary series.


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


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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…” See more about the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series.

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


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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. 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.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series.


2 Peter and Jude (Concordia Commentary) by Curtis P. Giese


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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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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.

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


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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.” See more about the Interpretation commentary series.

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


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

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Technical Commentaries


Jude (Evangelical Exegetical Commentary) by Herbert W. Bateman IV


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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.” See more about the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series.

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Classic Christian Commentaries


Jude (Crossway Classics) by Thomas Manton


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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.” See more about Crossway Classic Commentaries.

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


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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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