Teach the Text Bible Commentary Series | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the Teach the Text Bible Commentary Series

bible commentary samuelOn the Leviticus and Numbers volume:

Mark F. Rooker, senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: “This commentary deserves a wide reading. Sprinkle frequently cites the results of archaeology that illustrate the biblical text and has modern, moving illustrations that illuminate the theological content of the sections he is explaining from Leviticus and Numbers. This work will be a great source for Bible teachers to teach the text in a contextual and exegetically responsible way.”

On the Acts volume:

Eckhard J. Schnabel, professor of New Testament studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: “David Garland has written a wonderful commentary that is consistently faithful to the text, thoroughly informative on historical matters, deeply committed to theological explanation, focused on contemporary application, and always eminently readable.”

On the 2 Corinthians volume:

Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: “Hubbard’s commentary on 2 Corinthians is a treasure for students and preachers. Here we find expert exegesis deeply rooted in the historical context and culture of the day. At the same time, the theological message of each paragraph and its application for today’s world are powerfully communicated.”

Purpose of the Teach the Text Commentary Series

From the publisher: “To craft informed sermons, pastors scour commentaries that often deal more with minutia than the main point. Or they turn to devotional commentaries, which may contain exegetical weaknesses. The Teach the Text Commentary Series bridges this gap by utilizing the best of biblical scholarship and providing the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.”

Interviews from the Teach the Text Series on Best Bible Commentaries

Exodus – T. Desmond Alexander

Joe M. Sprinkle on Leviticus and Numbers:

“I came to the conclusion that the the talking donkey scene was a flashback (resumptive repetition) to the dream-vision God gave Balaam earlier in the chapter. While the Jewish theologian Maimonides saw this centuries ago, I may be the first modern commentator to defend it.”

C. Hassell Bullock on Psalms:

“I have been personally edified by discovering and rediscovering the loving and faithful character of God portrayed in the Psalms, and the unfaithful nature of humanity, and to learn that Paul’s lesson is so acutely taught in the Psalms, that where sin abounds, grace more abundantly abounds.”

Jeannine K. Brown on Matthew:

“I’m impressed with Matthew’s “least of these” theology, which begins with his focus in chapters 10 and 18 on “little ones, who, though low in status, are to be valued within the believing community.”

Volumes in the Teach the Text Commentary Series

romans bible commentaryExodus – T. Desmond Alexander

Leviticus and Numbers – Joe M. Sprinkle

Joshua – Kenneth A. Mathews

David S. Dockery, president of Trinity International University:

“The clear, comprehensive, and cogent exposition found in these pages evidences the wisdom and thoroughness of a mature scholar who has invested many years researching and teaching this biblical book. It is a genuine joy to recommend this outstanding work.”

Judges and Ruth – Kenneth Way

Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University:

“Concise and well-written. The unique conventions of the Teach the Text Commentary Series—such as highlighting big ideas and key themes and giving guidance on teaching and illustrating the text—will make this commentary very helpful to those involved in a regular teaching ministry.”

Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther – Douglas J.E. Nykolaishen, Andrew J. Schmutzer

J. Daniel Hays, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies, Ouachita Baptist University:

“Packed with colorful historical background material and cogent theological insight into the narrative stories, this is one of the most helpful commentaries I know of on these important books. Anyone planning to teach or preach from Ezra, Nehemiah, or Esther would be wise to drink deeply from this expertly written volume.”

Psalms, Volume 1 (Psalsm 1-72) – C. Hassell Bullock

Psalms, Volume 2 (Psalms 73–150) – C. Hassell Bullock

Andrew J. Schmutzer, Moody Bible Institute:

“In this creative work, Bullock has served up a feast for us to fully engage the riches of the Psalms. From structure to theology, outlines to application, it’s all here, fresh and accessible. Both the novice and the veteran lover of the Psalter need look no further. This is a fabulous tool to help the contemporary church bring the honesty of lament back into the hearts and practice of believers–we need it!”

Jeremiah and Lamentations – J. Daniel Hays

Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:

“Daniel Hays has long been one of my go-to Old Testament scholars. His work on Jeremiah and Lamentations is going to serve very well those who teach and preach from these inspired texts. Balance, insight, careful exegesis, and healthy theology characterize this book. It is a most welcome addition to this excellent series.”

Acts – David E. Garland

2 Corinthians – Moyer V. Hubbard

James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude – Jim Samra

Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary:

“Crisp, to the point, and full of wisdom—that is how Jim Samra teaches the texts from James, Peter, and Jude. Here is a commentary that is pastoral, careful with the text, discerning, and quite useful.”


Also see:

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)