Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Old Testament

Since it was first published in the late 1970’s, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series has been a popular resource for lay Christians and pastors. Several volumes have been well-reviewed for their evangelical theology, their usefulness to pastors, their overall readability, and for their relative affordability. The EBC series won the ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award for commentaries in 1983. With several volumes having been recently revised, this series remains strong 50 years after its creation.

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

One of the most well-reviewed commentaries in the EBC series is the Psalms volume by Willem A. VanGemeren, who was the professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is now retired. About this volume, Michael Sangrove, in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, wrote, “this is an impressive and enjoyable contribution to the literature.”2 Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC writes, “From the Psalms to the Gospel of Matthew, some of the best commentaries are to be found in this series.” Please see Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Willem VanGemeren on this volume.

Volumes in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series — new and revised

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

Please go here to see REBC New Testament volumes.

Original (1976)

Volume 1: Introductory Articles: General, Old Testament, New Testament | Hardback | Pages: 752

Examples of Articles:

Carl F. H. Henry on the Authority and Inspiration of the Bible
F. F. Bruce on The Transmission and Translation of the Bible
Bruce M. Metzger on The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Bruce K. Waltke on The Textual Criticism of the Old Testament
Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. On the Theology of the Old Testament
William Sanford LaSor on The Dead Sea Scrolls
Gordon D. Fee on The Textual Criticism of the New Testament
Donald Guthrie on Historical and Literary Criticism of the New Testament
I. Howard Marshall on Jesus and the Gospels
Roger Nicole on the Old Testament in the New Testament

Revised (2012)

Volume 1 in the Revised Edition does not contain a collection of articles, but consists of Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus.

Volume 1: Genesis–Leviticus | Hardback | Pages: 832

Genesis: John H. Sailhamer (single volume only available in electronic format)

Exodus: Walter C. Kaiser (single volume only available in electronic format)

Leviticus: Richard R. Hess – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 2: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers | Hardback | Pages: 1,008

Authors:

Genesis: John H. Sailhamer

Exodus: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

Leviticus: R. Laird Harris

Numbers: Ronald B. Allen

Revised (2012)

Volume 2: Numbers–Ruth | Hardback | Pages: 1,360

Authors and additional formats:

Numbers: Ronald B. Allen (single volume only available in electronic format)

Deuteronomy: Michael A. Grisanti – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Joshua: Helene Dallaire – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Judges: Mark J. Boda – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

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


Original (1976)

Volume 3: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel | Hardback | Pages: 1,120

Authors:

Deuteronomy: Earl S. Kalland

Joshua: Donald H. Madvig

Judges: Herbert Wolf

Ruth: F. B. Huey, Jr.

1, 2 Samuel: Ronald F. Youngblood

Revised (2012)

Authors and additional formats:

Volume 3: 1 Samuel–2 Kings | Hardback | Pages: 960

1, 2 Samuel: Ronald F. Youngblood (single volume only available in electronic format)

1, 2 Kings: Hermann J. Austel and Richard D. Patterson (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 4: 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job | Hardback | Pages: 1,060

Authors:

1, 2 Kings: Richard D. Patterson and Hermann J. Austel

1, 2 Chronicles: J. Barton Payne

Ezra, Nehemiah: Edwin Yamauchi

Esther: F. B. Huey, Jr.

Job: Elmer B. Smick

Revised (2012)

Authors and additional formats:

Volume 4: 1 Chronicles – Job | Hardback | Pages: 928

1 and 2 Chronicles: Frederick J. Mabie – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ezra and Nehemiah: Edwin M. Yamauchi (single volume only available in electronic format)

Esther: Elaine Phillips – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Job: Elmer B. Smick (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Authors:

Volume 5: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs | Hardback | Pages: 1,244

Psalms: Willem A. VanGemeren

Proverbs: Allen P. Ross

Ecclesiastes: J. Stafford Wright

Song of Songs: Dennis F. Kinlaw

Revised (2012)

Volume 5: PsalmsPages: 1,011

Authors and additional formats:

Psalms: Willem A. VanGemeren (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 6: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel | Hardback | Pages: 1,024

Authors:

Isaiah: Geoffrey W. Grogan

Jeremiah: Charles L. Feinberg

Lamentations: H. L. Ellison

Ezekiel: Ralph H. Alexander

Revised (2012)

Authors and additional formats:

Volume 6: Proverbs–Isaiah | Hardback | Pages: 864

Proverbs: Allen P. Ross (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ecclesiastes: Jerry E. Shepherd – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Song of Songs: George M. Schwab – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Isaiah: Geoffrey W. Grogan (single volume only available in electronic format)


Original (1976)

Volume 7: Daniel and the Minor Prophets | Hardback | Pages: 752

Authors:

Daniel: Gleason L. Archer, Jr.

Hosea: Leon J. Wood

Joel: Richard D. Patterson

Amos: Thomas E. McComiskey

Obadiah: Carl E. Armerding

Jonah: H. L. Ellison

Micah: Thomas E. McComiskey

Nahum, Habakkuk: Carl E. Armerding

Zephaniah: Larry Walker

Haggai: Robert L. Alden

Zechariah: Kenneth L. Barker

Malachi: Robert L. Alden

Revised (2012)

Volume 7: Jeremiah–Ezekiel | Hardback | Pages: 928

Authors and additional formats:

Jeremiah: Michael L. Brown – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Lamentations: Paul W. Ferris – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Ezekiel: Ralph H. Alexander (single volume only available in electronic format)


Revised (2012)

In the original version, the Old Testament volumes stop with 7.

Volume 8: Daniel–Malachi | Hardback | Pages: 864

Authors and additional formats:

Daniel: Andrew E. Hill – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Hosea: M. Daniel Carroll – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Joel: Richard D. Patterson (single volume only available in electronic format)

Amos: Thomas E. McComiskey (single volume only available in electronic format)

Obadiah: Carl E. Armerding (single volume only available in electronic format)

Jonah: John Walton – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Micah: Thomas E. McComiskey (single volume only available in electronic format)

Nahum: Carl E. Armerding (single volume only available in electronic format)

Habakkuk: Carl E. Armerding (single volume only available in electronic format)

Zephaniah: Larry L. Walker (single volume only available in electronic format)

Haggai: Eugene H. Merrill – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Zechariah: Kenneth L. Barker (single volume only available in electronic format)

Malachi: Eugene H. Merrill – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)



Footnotes:

  1. Found in the “Preface” of any volume in the series.
  2. Sadgrove, Michael. Source: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 34 no 5 Jun 2010, p 119.