Best One-Volume Whole Bible Commentary Comparison Chart

One-Volume whole Bible commentaries are biblical reference resources that contain explanations 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.

This video shows examples of the commentaries listed below.

Title/ Translation Theology / Approach Notes Browse
Adam Clarke’s
Commentary
on the Bible

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

africa bible commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
African
theologians
writing for
African
Christians
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Asbury
Bible
Commentary

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

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

baker one volume commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
hundreds
of color
illustrations,
maps, and
photographs
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Believer’s
Bible
Commentary

believer's bible commentary
NKJVconservative
bible
teaching,
premillennial
written by
William
McDonald
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The Bible
Knowledge
Commentary

bible knowledge commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVevangelical,
classically
dispensational
written by
faculty of
Dallas
Theological
Seminary
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The
Complete
Bible
Commentary

complete bible commentary williams
KJVconservative
Bible
teaching
written by
Irishman
George
Williams
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Eerdmans
Commentary
on the Bible

eerdmans one volume commentary
NRSVEmploys
Catholic
and
Protestant
writers
includes
Apocrypha
and
1 Enoch
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Exposition
of the
Whole Bible

morgan bible commentary
KJVconservative
Bible
teaching,
premillennial
written by
British
evangelist
G. Campbell
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Expositor’s
Bible
Commentary

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

global bible commentary
NRSVliberal-
social,
teaching
focus
71
scholars
from all
over the
world
contribute
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HarperCollins
(Harper’s)
Bible
Commentary

harpercollins bible commentary
author’s
own
liberal-
critical
approaches
Apocrypha
included;
contributors
from the
Society of
Biblical
Literature
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The Holman
Illustrated
Bible
Commentary

holman illustrated bible commentary
HCSBbroadly
evangelical
350
illustrations
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IVP Bible
Backgrounds
Commentary

IVP bible backgrounds commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
Christianity
Today’s
book of the
year 1995;
revised 2014
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Jamieson,
Fausset,
and Brown

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

jon courson bible commentary
KJVpretribulation,
premillennial
written by
Calvary
Chapel
leader
and
pastor
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King James
Version
Commentary

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

john macarthur bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NKJVReformed,
MacArthur
calls
himself
a “leaky
dispen-
sationalist”
lots of
overlap
with
MacArthur’s
study bible
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Matthew
Henry’s
Commentary

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

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

new bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
now in
4th edition
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New
Collegeville
Bible
Commentary

collegeville one volume commentary
NABRoman
Catholic
cross
references
to
catechisms
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New
International
Bible
Commentary

new international bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
NIVbroadly
evangelical
F.F. Bruce
editor;
won Gold
Medallion
Award
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The New
Interpreter’s
Commentary

new interpreter's bible commentary
NIV,
NRSV
evangelical
and non-
evangelical
authors
contribute
Apocrypha
included
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The New
Jerome
Biblical
Commentary

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

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

NIV study bible commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
written
by John
Sailhamer
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Peake’s
Commentary

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

south asia bible commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
most
authors
from
India
and
Sri Lanka
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The
Teacher’s
Bible
Commentary

teachers bible commentary
KJV
and others
Southern
Baptist
conservative
Baptist
authors
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Theological
Bible
Commentary

theological bible commentary
NRSVliberal-
critical
emphasizes
theology
proper:
reads like
independent
essays
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Theology of
Work Bible
Commentary

theology of work commentary
NRSVbroadly
evangelical
topical
approach
about work;
endorsed
by
Tim Keller
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The
Transforming
Word

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

Tony Evans bible commentary
TOP REVIEWED
CSBconservative,
evangelical,
dispensational
bible
study,
devotional
approach
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Tyndale
Concise
Bible
Commentary

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

john wesley bible commentary
KJVArminianwritten
by 40+
Wesley-
Arminian
scholars
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Wiersbe
Bible
Commentary

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

wycliffe bible commentary
primarily
KJV
dispensationalfrom
Moody
Publishers
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Zondervan
Bible
Commentary

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

Zondervan NIV commentary
NIVbroadly
evangelical
abridgment
of 12-
volume
Expositor’s
Bible
Commentary
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