One-Volume Whole Bible Commentary Comparison Chart

One-Volume whole Bible commentaries are biblical reference resources that include chapters or sections on every book of the Old and New Testament, often taking a section-by-section approach to explaining Scripture, rather than verse-by-verse. While one-volume whole bible commentaries are not as in depth as full-length commentaries and multi-volume commentary series’, they are an affordable, helpful, quick-reference alternative that help users understand the Bible better.

The comparison chart below is a quick-reference guide to 40 different one-volume Bible commentaries. Information about the authors, what English translations are used, and what makes a particular volume unique, are important details to know when choosing a one-volume Bible commentary. Also see the Bible Commentary Comparison Chart that compares 65 different full-length commentary series’.

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Commentary TitleCover DesignTranslation UtilizedTheology / ApproachTarget AudienceDistinctive Feature(s)Cost RangeBrowse volumes
Adam Clarke's
Commentary
on the Bible
adam clarke bible commentaryKJVWesley-
Arminian
pastorsClarke was a
British Methodist
(d. 1832)
used only:
$10-$15
Amazon
Africa
Bible
Commentary
africa bible commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
African theologians
writing for African
Christians
$25-$30Amazon

CBD
Asbury
Bible
Commentary
asbury bible commentaryNIVWesley-
Arminian
laypeople/
pastors
over 50
Wesleyan
scholars
contributed
used only;
$100+
Amazon
Baker
Commentary
on the Bible
baker commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
overview, concise,
big-picture approach
used only:
$5-$45
Amazon
The Baker
Illustrated
Bible Commentary
baker one volume commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
hundreds of color
illustrations, maps, and photographs
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
Believer's
Bible
Commentary
believer's bible commentaryNKJVconservative
Bible teaching,
premillennial
laypeople/
pastors
written by William McDonald$20-$30Amazon

CBD
The Bible
Knowledge
Commentary
bible knowledge commentaryNIVevangelical,
classic
dispensationalism
laypeople/
pastors
written by faculty of Dallas
Theological Seminary
$20-$60Amazon

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The Complete
Bible Commentary
complete bible commentary williamsKJVconservative
Bible teaching
laypeople/
pastors
written by Irishman
George Williams
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
Eerdmans
Commentary
on the Bible
eerdmans one volume commentaryNRSVEmploys Catholic
and Protestant
writers
laypeople/
pastors
includes Apocrypha
and 1 Enoch
$45-$55Amazon

CBD
Exposition of
the Whole Bible
morgan bible commentaryKJVconservative
Bible teaching,
premillennial
laypeople/
pastors
written by British evangelist
G. Campbell
Morgan
(d. 1945)
$15-$75Amazon

CBD
The Expositor's
Bible Commentary
Abridged
expositors two volume commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical,
Daniel and Revelation
dispensational
laypeople/
pastors
abridgment of
original,,
multi-volume
series
$25-$45Amazon

CBD
Global Bible
Commentary
global bible commentaryNRSVliberal-social
teaching focus
laypeople/
pastors
71 scholars from
all over the world
contribute
$5-$25Amazon

CBD
HarperCollins
(formerly)
Harper's Bible
Commentary
harpercollins bible commentaryauthor's
own
liberal-critical
interpretations
laypeople/
pastors
Apocrypha included;
contributors from the Society of Biblical
Literature
$35-$40Amazon

CBD
The Holman
Illustrated Bible
Commentary
holman illustrated bible commentaryHCSBbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
350
illustrations
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
The IVP Bible
Background
Commentary
IVP bible backgrounds commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
Christianity Today's
book of the year 1995;
revised 2014
$25-$33Amazon

CBD
Jamieson,
Fausset, and
Brown's
Commentary
jameison fausset brown commentaryKJVReformedpastorsabridged version:
published 1871
$10-$20Amazon
Jon Courson's
Application
Commentary
jon courson bible commentaryKJVpretribulation,
premillennial
laypeople/
pastors
written by
Calvary Chapel
leader and pastor
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
The MacArthur
Bible Commentary
john macarthur bible commentaryNKJVReformed,
"leaky
dispensational"
laypeople/
pastors
lots of overlap
with MacArthur's
study bible
$15-$25Amazon

CBD
Matthew Henry's
Commentary
matthew henry bible commentaryKJVReformed,
Presbyterian
laypeople/
pastors
used by C.H.
Spurgeon and
George Whitefield
$15-$25Amazon

CBD
The Moody
Bible Commentary
moody bible commentaryprimarily
NASB
non-charismatic,
dispensational and
generally Calvinistic
laypeople/
pastors
written by 30
Moody Bible
Institute Professors
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
New Bible
Commentary
new bible commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
now in 4th edition$27-$35Amazon

CBD
New Collegeville
Bible Commentary
collegeville one volume commentaryNABRoman Catholiclaypeople/
pastors
cross references
to catechisms
$50-$60Amazon

CBD
New International
Bible Commentary
new international bible commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
F.F. Bruce editor; won Gold Medallion
Award
$25-$35Amazon

CBD
The New Interpreter's
Bible Commentary
new interpreter's bible commentaryNIV,
NRSV
evangelical and
non-evangelical
authors contribute
laypeople/
pastors
Apocrypha included$55-$65Amazon

CBD
The New Jerome
Biblical Commentary
new jerome bible commentaryNew Jerusalem
Bible translation
Roman Catholiclaypeople/
pastors
written by Catholic
scholars
secondary market
only; $25-$45
Amazon
The New Layman's
Bible Commentary
layman's bible commentaryRSVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
edited by F.F. Bruce; now New
International Bible
Commentary
secondary market
only; $10-$20
Amazon

CBD
NIV Bible Study
Commentary
NIV study bible commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
written by
John Sailhamer
$10-$15Amazon

CBD
Peake's
Commentary
peakes one volume commentaryRSVPeake was Methodist;
employs critical
techniques
laypeople/
pastors
first published in 1919: revised in 1962secondary market
only; $100+
Amazon
South Asia
Bible Commentary
south asia bible commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
most authors from India and Sri Lanka$30-$35Amazon

CBD
The Teacher's
Bible Commentary
teachers bible commentaryKJV
and others
Southern
Baptist
laypeople/
pastors
conservative
Baptist authors
secondary market
only; $10-$20
Amazon

CBD
Theological
Bible Commentary
theological bible commentaryNRSVliberal-criticallaypeople/
pastors
emphasizes
theology proper:
reads like
independent essays
$30-$40Amazon

CBD
Theology of Work
Bible Commentary
theology of work commentaryNRSVbroadly evangelicallaypeople/
pastors
topical approach
about work; endorsed
by Tim Keller
$50-$60:
also available for
free online
Amazon

CBD
The
Transforming
Word
transforming word commentaryNIVauthors formerly
Stone-Campbell
Movement; some
New Perspective
interpretations
laypeople/
pastors
authors associated
with the Church of
Christ
$65-$75Amazon
Tyndale Concise
Bible Commentary
tyndale bible commentaryNLTbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
conservative
Bapstist authors
$27-$33Amazon
John Wesley
One-Volume
Commentary
john wesley bible commentaryKJVArminianlaypeople/
pastors
written by 40+
Wesley-Arminian
scholars
$80-$95Amazon

CBD
The Wiersbe
Bible Commentary
weirsbe bible commentaryKJVWiersbe is
Baptist
laypeople/
pastors
all of Wiersbe's "Be" commentaries
combined
$50-$60Amazon

CBD
The Wycliffe
Bible Commentary
wycliffe bible commentaryprimarily
KJV
dispensationallaypeople/
pastors
from Moody
Publishers
$20-$30Amazon

CBD
Zondervan
Bible Commentary
zondervan bible commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
adds pictures to New International
Bible Commentary
(Bruce)
$25-$35Amazon
Zondervan
King James Version
Commentary
Zondervan King James commentaryKJVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
verse-by-verse
non-technical
$15-$25
per testament
Amazon
Zondervan NIV
Bible Commentary
Zondervan NIV commentaryNIVbroadly
evangelical
laypeople/
pastors
abridgment of
12-volume
Expositor's Bible
Commentary
secondary market
only: $10-$40
Amazon