Reformed Expository Commentaries (REC) | Reviews, Theology

The Reformed Expository Commentary series (REC) is an expositional, or preaching-focused, biblical studies resource that features Calvinistic authors and their Christ-centered interpretation of Scripture. The REC series is suitable for all readers, as it’s contents are accessible to both pastors as well as non-clergy. The authors have preached through the biblical book on which their commentary is based, so the homiletical insights come from first-hand pulpit experience. Authors are either professors or pastors.

Reformed Expository Commentary (REC): Reviews

Reformed Expository CommentaryWorld Magazine: 2017 commentary “Series of the Year”

“A rare combination of biblical insight, theological substance, and pastoral application.”
~ R. Albert Mohler Jr.

“Some commentaries lose the forest for the trees, and others the trees for the forest. This series promises to be both exegetically sensitive and theologically faithful.”
~ Mark Dever

“A rare blend of insightful exegesis and discerning application. What’s more, you’ll find the glories of Christ shining through texts that can otherwise appear obscure and irrelevant.”
~ C. J. Mahaney

“Those of us who regularly preach need commentaries that provide the best biblical scholarship and that also understand the challenges of today’s pastorate. This series ably speaks to both needs.”
~ Bryan Chapell

“Here is exposition modeled by pastors with scholarly gifts and by scholars with pastor’s hearts. Exegetical and theological reliability, redemptive-historical sensitivity, a Christ-centered focus, and contemporary practical application—these are promised hallmarks of the series. May it serve as a model to encourage and enthuse a new generation to love the Word of God and to rediscover the life-transforming power of expository preaching!”
~ Sinclair Ferguson, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC

“A canonical, Reformed expositional commentary has long been a desideratum, and we are now in debt to this gifted team of pastor-theologians for bringing it to pass.”
~ J. Ligon Duncan III

REC Author interviews on Best Bible Commentaries

Matthew – Daniel Doriani (click to see full Q & A)

Preview: “Paul Kooistra was the president of Covenant Seminary when I arrived and he had several great principles. He wanted to present a ‘warm and winsome Calvinism,’ he wanted to hire a faculty of ‘pastor-scholars’ and he wanted students to “love Jesus more” when they graduated than when they came. That seemed exactly right and what better way to love Jesus than to study the gospels to discover his power and grace, and to know who he is than by observing his actions and hearing his words.”

More: (click to see full Q & A’s) 

The Purpose of the Reformed Expository Commentary Series

From the publisher: All the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

New Testament Volumes

Reformed Expository CommentaryMatthew – Daniel M. Doriani

Luke – Philip Graham Ryken

John – Richard D. Phillips

Acts – Derek W.H. Thomas

Galatians – Philip Graham Ryken

Ephesians – Bryan Chapell

Philippians – Dennis E. Johnson

1 and 2 Thessalonians – Richard D. Phillips

1 Timothy – Philip Graham Ryken

Hebrews – Richard D. Phillips

James – Daniel M. Doriani

1 Peter – Daniel M. Doriani

1–3 John – Douglas Sean O’Donnell

Revelation – Richard D. Phillips

Old Testament Volumes

1 Samuel – Richard D. Phillips

1 Kings – Philip Graham Ryken

Ezra and Nehemiah – Derek W.H. Thomas

Esther and Ruth – Iain M. Duguid

Ecclesiastes – Douglas Sean O’Donnell

Song of Songs – Iain M. Duguid

Daniel – Iain M. Duguid

Jonah and Micah – Richard D. Phillips

Zechariah – Richard D. Phillips

Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi – Matthew P. Harmon