Top One-Volume Bible Commentaries

One-volume Bible commentaries are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the Bible, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more. (See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.)



Best Reviewed One-Volume Bible Commentaries



New Bible Commentary by Gordon J. Wenham, J. Alec Motyer, D.A. Carson, and R.T. France (editors)


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “condensed, evangelical, brief…something of a standard around the English-speaking world”

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars

Desiring God: recommended for one-volume commentaries

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Voted one of Christianity Today’s 1995 Books of the Year! For 40 years, the New Bible Commentary has set the standard for works of its kind. Now in this completely revised fourth edition (including over 80% new and updated material), the New Bible Commentary is positioned to maintain its standing as the leading one-volume commentary on the whole Bible well into the 21st century.”



The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary by Gary Burge and Andrew Hill (editors)


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars

Desiring God: recommended for one-volume commentaries

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “As more and more Christians are involved in teaching in their churches, there is a need for an accessible, engaging commentary that can enhance their understanding of Scripture and aid their teaching. The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary is that resource. This nontechnical, section-by-section commentary on the whole Bible provides reliable and readable interpretations of the Scriptures from forty-two leading evangelical scholars.”



Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, James D.G. Dunn and John W. Rogerson (editors)


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Reviews and Accolades:

Longman: 4 out of 5 stars

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “No one familiar with the Bible needs to be told that it is a truly remarkable work. But it takes help to understand this ancient collection of diverse forms of literature written by different people across many centuries. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (ECB) is the finest, most up-to-date single-volume Bible handbook now available.”



Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “The disctinctive African flavor comes from greater sensitivity to issues like demon possession and tribalism, anda good deal less emphasis on the individualism characteristic of the West”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Africa Bible Commentary is a unique publishing event—the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders. Interpreting and applying the Bible in the light of African culture and realities, it furnishes powerful and relevant insights into the biblical text that transcend Africa in their significance. The Africa Bible Commentary gives a section-by-section interpretation that provides a contextual, readable, affordable, and immensely useful guide to the entire Bible.”



Peake’s Commentary on the Bible


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “Until a quarter century ago, the standard one-volume mainstream critical commentary”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Now available in paperback, this classic commentary, drawing on the expertise of over sixty scholars, gives students of the Bible a thorough grounding in the origin and meaning of all the books of the Bible. Special attention is given to how the teaching of Scripture has been affected by archaeology, more accurate translations of the text, and the discovery of new manuscripts.”



Matthew Henry’s Commentary One Volume


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: recommended for one-volume commentaries

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The straightforward manner in which Matthew Henry’s Commentary brings Scripture to bear on the practical matters of life and of Christian character together with its deeply reverent, devotional style, have made it the most beloved Bible commentary of all time. For nearly 300 years, Christians have consulted its rich insights into the very heart of God’s Word. Passage by passage, its prayerful, penetrating reflections inspire and challenge the reader.”



The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The MacArthur Bible Commentary treats every passage of the OT and NT phrase by phrase, with hundreds of word studies as sidebars throughout.”



The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Abridged Edition: Two-Volume Set by Kenneth L. Barker and John R. Kohlenberger III (editors)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “All the verse-by-verse insights of the 12-volume Expositor’s Bible Commentary―in 2 convenient volumes. When you want to dig more deeply into the meaning of God’s Word, a good expository Bible commentary is ideal. You want more than a simple, one-volume commentary that just scratches the surface. But you don’t want a time-consuming multi-volume set laden with fine points you can’t use.”



New Collegeville Bible Commentary: One Volume by Daniel Durkin (editor)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The completion of all thirty-seven volumes of the New Collegeville Bible Commentary means an important new resource is fully available to all who wish to delve more deeply into the word of God. Now the one-volume, hardcover edition brings together every volume into a single, accessible guide to the entire Bible in a convenient and attractive format.”



South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible by Brian Wintle (General Editor)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “A one-volume commentary, written and edited by South Asian Biblical scholars on all the books of the Bible.”



The Complete Bible Commentary by George Williams


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Williams’s Complete Bible Commentary is a valued volume in my library.” ~ Billy Graham “This insightful, biblically faithful commentary is one of the most informative single-volume commentaries available. It includes an introduction to each book of the Bible as well as helpful comments on the book’s history and themes. Individual words and phrases throughout the text are explained with the aid of Williams’s extensive knowledge of Hebrew and Greek.”



The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary by Beverly R. Gaventa and David L. Petersen (editors)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Pastors and students who want a one-volume commentary to complement the New Interpreter’s Study Bible will be pleased to find in this resource the quality of scholarship that is a hallmark of other New Interpreter’s Bible resources.”



Theological Bible Commentary by Gail R. O’Day and David L. Petersen (editors)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Most one-volume Bible commentaries focus on standard scholarly issues, answering questions such as, who wrote the book? who was addressed? and how is the book structured? In contrast, this is the first one-volume commentary to emphasize theological questions: what does each biblical book say about God? how does the book describe God and portray God’s actions? and who is God in these biblical books? This volume meets the need for a resource that puts the best of scholarship in conversation with the theological claims of the biblical text.”



The Teacher’s Bible Commentary by H. Franklin Paschall and Hershel H. Hobbs (editors)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Teacher’s Bible Commentary has been one of the widely used reference tools for Sunday School Teachers for over 25 years. From the ideal stage, the commentary was designed to meet the week-to week needs of men and women who have the awesome responsibility of leading others in the study of God’s word.”



The Wycliffe Bible Commentary by Charles E. Pfeiffer and Everett F. Harrison (editors)


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written by forty-eight leading Bible scholars, this powerful handbook walks you through the entire text of the Old and New Testaments (primarily in the KJV). From the majestic Genesis account of all the Creator brought into being, to Christ’s words at the end of Revelation (‘Yea, I come quickly…’), you’ll find insights to help you wrap your heart and mind around God’s Word in the pages of The Wycliffe Bible Commentary.”



Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary by Robert B. Hughes and J. Carl Laney


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary offers clear and concise commentary on every passage in the NLT in one handy volume. Previously published as The New Bible Companion, this helpful resource also includes introductions to each Bible book, an article about the theme of the entire Bible, and detailed maps of places mentioned in Scripture. Sunday school teachers, pastors, and anyone who studies the Bible will find this commentary a great starting point for learning about God’s Word.”



Zondervan Bible Commentary: One-Volume Illustrated Edition by F. F. Bruce, General Editor


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “he Zondervan Bible Commentary takes its award-winning predecessor, the New International Bible Commentary, and weaves in rich, full-color images and other new features to make it the finest one-volume commentary of its kind. Featuring the insights of forty-three world-class scholars, this convenient, information-packed volume unlocks the meaning and message of every book of the Bible to help you gain a deeper, life-changing understanding of the Scriptures.”



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