Best 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 75 different full-length commentary series’.

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Title/
Details Page
Translation Utilized Theology / Approach Distinctive Feature(s) Browse
Adam Clarke’s
Commentary
on the Bible

adam clarke bible commentary
KJVWesley-
Arminian
Clarke was a
British Methodist
(d. 1832)
Amazon
Africa
Bible
Commentary

africa bible commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
African theologians
writing for African
Christians
Amazon

CBD
Asbury
Bible
Commentary

asbury bible commentary
NIVWesley-
Arminian
over 50
Wesleyan
scholars
contributed
Amazon
Baker
Commentary
on the Bible

baker commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
overview, concise,
big-picture approach
Amazon
Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary

baker one volume commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
hundreds of color
illustrations, maps,
and photographs
Amazon

CBD
Believer’s
Bible
Commentary

believer's bible commentary
NKJVconservative
Bible teaching,
premillennial
written by
William McDonald
Amazon

CBD
The Bible Knowledge Commentary

bible knowledge commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVevangelical,
classic
dispensationalism
written by
faculty of Dallas
Theological
Seminary
Amazon

CBD
The Complete
Bible Commentary

complete bible commentary williams
KJVconservative
Bible teaching
written by Irishman
George Williams
Amazon

CBD
Eerdmans
Commentary
on the Bible

eerdmans one volume commentary
NRSVEmploys Catholic
and Protestant
writers
includes Apocrypha
and 1 Enoch
Amazon

CBD
Exposition of
the Whole Bible

morgan bible commentary
KJVconservative
Bible teaching,
premillennial
written by British
evangelist
G. Campbell
Amazon

CBD
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Abridged

expositors two volume commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical,
Daniel and Revelation
dispensational
abridgment of
original,,
multi-volume
series
Amazon

CBD
Global Bible
Commentary

global bible commentary
NRSVliberal-social
teaching focus
71 scholars from
all over the world
contribute
Amazon

CBD
HarperCollins
(formerly)
Harper’s Bible
Commentary

harpercollins bible commentary
author’s
own
liberal-critical
interpretations
Apocrypha included;
contributors from the
Society of Biblical
Literature
Amazon

CBD
The Holman
Illustrated Bible
Commentary

holman illustrated bible commentary
HCSBbroadly
evangelical
350
illustrations
Amazon

CBD
IVP Bible Backgrounds Commentary

IVP bible backgrounds commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
Christianity Today’s
book of the year 1995;
revised 2014
Amazon

CBD
Jamieson,
Fausset, and
Brown

jameison fausset brown commentary
KJVReformedabridged version:
published 1871
Amazon
Jon Courson’s
Application
Commentary

jon courson bible commentary
KJVpretribulation,
premillennial
written by
Calvary Chapel
leader and pastor
Amazon

CBD
King James Version
Commentary

Zondervan King James commentary
KJVbroadly
evangelical
verse-by-verse
non-technical
Amazon
The MacArthur Commentary

john macarthur bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NKJVReformed,
“leaky
dispensational”
lots of overlap
with MacArthur’s
study bible
Amazon

CBD
Matthew Henry’s
Commentary

matthew henry bible commentary
KJVReformed,
Presbyterian
used by C.H.
Spurgeon and
George Whitefield
Amazon

CBD
The
Moody Bible Commentary

moody bible commentary
primarily
NASB
non-charismatic,
dispensational and
generally Calvinistic
written by 30
Moody Bible
Institute Professors
Amazon

CBD
New Bible Commentary

new bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
now in 4th editionAmazon

CBD
New Collegeville
Bible Commentary

collegeville one volume commentary
NABRoman Catholiccross references
to catechisms
Amazon

CBD
New International Bible Commentary

new international bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
F.F. Bruce editor;
won Gold
Medallion
Award
Amazon

CBD
The New Interpreter’s
Commentary

new interpreter's bible commentary
NIV,
NRSV
evangelical and
non-evangelical
authors contribute
Apocrypha includedAmazon

CBD
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary

new jerome bible commentary
New Jerusalem
Bible translation
Roman Catholicwritten by Catholic
scholars
Amazon
The New Layman’s Bible Commentary

layman's bible commentary
RSVbroadly
evangelical
edited by F.F. Bruce;
now New
International Bible
Commentary
Amazon

CBD
NIV Bible Study
Commentary

NIV study bible commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
written by
John Sailhamer
Amazon

CBD
Peake’s
Commentary

peakes one volume commentary
RSVPeake was Methodist;
employs critical
techniques
first published in 1919:
revised in 1962
Amazon
South Asia
Bible Commentary

south asia bible commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
most authors from
India and Sri Lanka
Amazon

CBD
The Teacher’s
Bible Commentary

teachers bible commentary
KJV
and others
Southern
Baptist
conservative
Baptist authors
Amazon

CBD
Theological
Bible Commentary

theological bible commentary
NRSVliberal-criticalemphasizes
theology proper:
reads like
independent essays
Amazon

CBD
Theology of Work Bible Commentary

theology of work commentary
NRSVbroadly evangelicaltopical approach
about work; endorsed
by Tim Keller
Amazon

CBD
The Transforming
Word

transforming word commentary
NIVauthors formerly
Stone-Campbell
Movement; some
New Perspective
interpretations
authors associated
with the Church of
Christ
Amazon
The Tony Evans Bible Commentary

Tony Evans bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
CSBconservative
evangelical
bible study,
devotional
approach
Amazon

CBD
Tyndale Concise
Bible Commentary

tyndale bible commentary
NLTbroadly
evangelical
conservative
Baptist authors
Amazon
John Wesley
One-Volume
Commentary

john wesley bible commentary
KJVArminianwritten by 40+
Wesley-Arminian
scholars
Amazon

CBD
Wiersbe Bible Commentary

weirsbe bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
KJVWiersbe was
Baptist
all of Wiersbe’s “Be” commentaries
combined
Amazon

CBD
The Wycliffe
Bible Commentary

wycliffe bible commentary
primarily
KJV
dispensationalfrom Moody
Publishers
Amazon

CBD
Zondervan Bible Commentary

zondervan bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly evangelicaladds pictures to New International Bible Commentary (F.F. Bruce)Amazon
Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary

Zondervan NIV commentary
NIVbroadly evangelicalabridgment of 12-volume Expositor’s Bible CommentaryAmazon