Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary – New Testament

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series has been a popular resource for lay Christians and pastors since it was first published in the late 1970’s. Several volumes have been praised for their conservative evangelical theology, their helpfulness to preaching and teaching, their accessibility, and for their reasonable cost. The EBC series was awarded the Evangelical Christian Publisher Association’s “Gold Medallion Book Award” in 1983. EBC volumes are still go-to resources over 50 years after the series was created.

The original EBC series was compiled between the years of 1976-1992 with 50 different authors contributing. Frank Gaebelein (d. 1983) was the first editor of the series. Gaebelein is known for having been the editor of Christianity Today magazine, serving on the executive committee of Billy Graham’s famous sixteen-week crusade at Madison Square Garden in 1957, and for being part of the NIV translation team. The Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series, edited by Tremper Longman III and David E.Garland, is a 2012 update to the original that includes the work of 56 different authors, 30 of which are new.

In the original Preface to the EBC series, Gaebelein wrote that these commentaries were “written primarily by expositors for expositors.” The volumes in this series are not technical in nature so there is not extensive direct interaction with the original languages. The revised editions continue this approach. Though authors may discuss recent scholarship, the goal “is to elucidate the text and not to provide a guide to the scholarly literature about the text.”1

Theologically, authors in the original and revised volumes “are committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” They also represent “confessional diversity.”1 Observers have noted that certain biblical books that are important to eschatology have premillennial authors, such as the 1-2 Thessalonians commentaries, which are written by Robert L. Thomas and the Revelation commentary, which is written by Alan F. Johnson.

Example Reviews of the Revised Expositor’s Commentary Series

Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary:

“These commentaries offer an abundance of excellent scholarship from many of the most prominent and careful evangelical biblical scholars today, both older and younger.”

Darrell L. Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary:

“The Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been a core resource for decades with good reason: it is concise, clear, and focused on giving the key points of a book’s message. Now with this revised edition, one can continue to use this fine resource and know the discussion is up to date, utilizing all the strengths of the original.”

Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College:

“The revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary offers students of the Scriptures quick and reliable access to the entire Bible in thirteen reader-friendly volumes. Written by the foremost evangelical scholars of our time, the commentaries on individual books seek to answer the questions that serious readers ask when they read the Bible. If there is one set of commentaries that all pastors and teachers should have, this is it.”

Volumes in the Original Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series as well as the New and Revised

Notes: The volumes were re-numbered for the 2012 revised version. Links go to Amazon.

Please go here to see REBC Old Testament volumes.

Original (1976)

Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke | Hardback | Pages: 1,059

Authors and additional formats:

Matthew: D. A. Carson (2-volume paperback volume available)

Mark: Walter W. Wessel (paperback volume available)

Luke: Walter L. Liefeld (paperback volume available)

Revised (2012)

Volume 9: Matthew and Mark | Hardback | Pages: 992

Authors and additional formats:

Matthew: D. A. Carson (single volume only available in electronic format)

Mark: Walter W. Wessel and Mark L. Strauss – Strauss new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 9: John and Acts | Hardback | Pages: 592

Authors and additional formats:

John: Merrill C. Tenney (paperback volume)

Acts: Richard N. Longenecker (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 10: Luke – Acts | Hardback | Pages: 1,104

Authors and additional formats:

Luke: Walter L. Liefeld and David W. Pao – Pao new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

John: Robert H. Mounce – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Acts: Richard N. Longenecker (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 10: Romans through Galatians | Hardback | Pages: 528

Authors and additional formats:

Romans: Everett F. Harrison (paperback volume)

1 Corinthians: W. Harold Mare (paperback volume)

2 Corinthians: Murray J. Harris (paperback volume)

Galatians: James Montgomery Boice (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 11: Romans–Galatians | Hardback | Pages: 640

Authors and additional formats:

Romans: Everett F. Harrison and Donald A. Hagner – Hagner new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Corinthians: Verlyn D. Verbrugge – new to revised version  (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Corinthians: Murray J. Harris (single volume only available in electronic format)

Galatians: Robert Keith Rapa – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 11: Ephesians through Philemon | Hardback | Pages: 480

Authors and additional formats:

Ephesians: A. Skevington Wood (paperback volume)

Philippians: Homer A. Kent, Jr. (paperback volume)

Colossians: Curtis Vaughan (paperback volume)

1, 2 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (paperback volume)

1, 2, Timothy: Ralph Earle (paperback volume)

Titus: D. Edmond Hiebert (paperback volume)

Philemon: Arthur A. Rupprecht (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 12: Ephesians – Philemon | Hardback | Pages: 656

Authors and additional formats:

Ephesians: William W. Klein – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Philippians: David E. Garland – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Colossians: Todd D. Still – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Timothy: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Timothy: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Titus: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Philemon: Arthur A. Ruprecht (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 12: Hebrews through Revelation | Hardback | Pages: 624

Authors and additional formats:

Hebrews: Leon Morris (paperback volume)

James: Donald W. Burdick (paperback volume)

1, 2 Peter: Edwin A. Blum (paperback volume)

1, 2, 3 John: Glenn W. Barker (paperback volume)

Jude: Edwin A. Blum (paperback volume)

Revelation: Alan F. Johnson (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 13: Hebrews–Revelation | Hardback | Pages: 800

Authors and additional formats:

Hebrews: R. T. France – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

James: George Guthrie – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Peter: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Peter: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

3 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Jude: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Revelation: Alan F. Johnson (single volume only available in electronic format)


Footnotes:

  1. Found in the “Preface” of any volume in the series.