Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (UBCS) – New Testament | Reviews, Purposes, Volumes

Note: this commentary series was formerly called the New International Biblical Commentary series.

Reviews of Volumes in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

K. E. Brower (senior lecturer in biblical studies, Nazarene Theological College) on the Mark volume:

“Hurtado has an excellent feel for Mark, focusing especially on the theological meaning of the gospel. He is surefooted in exposition of difficult passages, refusing to get bogged down in detail but at the same time refusing to provide a superficial answer. . . . The high quality of Hurtado’s scholarship shines through his engaging prose.”

understanding the Bible commentaryMax Turner (emeritus professor of New Testament, London School of Theology) on the Luke volume:

“Craig Evans’ volume on Luke is a model of the series. The writer is as aware of the main questions which dominate Lucan scholarship today as he is of its methods and useful findings.”

Craig A. Evans (Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College) on the Acts volume:

“Williams has left virtually no stone unturned in his attempt to bring every feature of interest and debate to the reader’s attention . . . this well-written commentary is recommended to all, teacher and student alike.”

understanding the Bible commentaryCharles H. Talbert (distinguished professor of religion, Baylor University) on the 1 Corinthians volume:

“Soards’ commentary is a clear, up-to-date, balanced, religiously sensitive treatment of 1 Corinthians. Aimed at the general reader, it will find a welcome home in college and seminary classrooms and in the pastor’s study.”

Scott J. Hafemann (St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews) on the 2 Corinthians volume:

“Don’t be fooled by its size! Scott’s commentary is to the point, clearly written, and filled with provocative proposals for reading this complex letter. From the centrality of Paul’s self-understanding and the unity of the letter to merkabah mysticism, Korah’s rebellion, and the Jewish concept of the nations, Scott’s reading rightly reminds us of just how Jewish the Apostle to the Gentiles was and of how much we must know his milieu to understand his message! Here is an insightful introduction to both the influences and intent of 2 Corinthians.”

Richard N. Longenecker (distinguished emeritus professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College) on the Galatians volume:

“An informed, perceptive, and readable exposition of Galatians—a truly excellent introductory commentary for ‘the Christian community at large,’ which is its intended audience.”

Thomas R. Schreiner (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on the 1-2 Timothy and Titus volume:

“[Fee’s commentary] . . . is ideal for students, pastors, and teachers. It is a model of clarity and organization and consistently reflects a judicious examination of exegetical issues. Indeed . . . I think it is one of the best available [commentaries] on the Pastoral Epistles. Fee’s skill in writing commentaries is as evident in this volume as it was in his magisterial volume on 1 Corinthians.”

M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary) on the Revelation volume:

“Wall’s commentary is a valuable contribution to the study of Revelation. It interacts well with most of the leading contemporary scholarship in the field. It provides an angle of perspective on John’s vision that opens some new vistas into its meaning and provides healthy correctives of many misconceptions. This is a useful resource for college and seminary classes on Revelation and a helpful tool for those with theological/biblical training who would lead Bible studies on Revelation.”

Purpose of the Understanding the Bible Series

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Original | Paternoster Press | Hendrickson Publishers

The New International Biblical Commentary series offers the best of contemporary scholarship in a format that both general readers and serious students can use with profit. The aim of the series is to provide reliable guides to the books of the Bible presented in a style that does not require formal theological education to understand. Based on the widely used New International Version translation, each volume in the NIBC presents an introductory chapter detailing the background of the book, its audiences, its authorship, its important themes, and other helpful information.

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Reformatted | Baker Books

The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series helps readers navigate the strange and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the truth found in this commentary series.


Matthew – Robert H. Mounce

Mark – Larry W. Hurtado

Luke – Craig A. Evans

understanding the Bible commentaryJohn – J. Ramsey Michaels

Acts – David J. Williams

Romans – James R. Edwards

1 Corinthians – Marion L. Soards

2 Corinthians – James M. Scott

Galatians – L. Ann Jervis

Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon – Arthur G. Patzia

understanding the Bible commentaryPhilippians – F. F. Bruce

1 and 2 Thessalonians – David J. Williams

1 and 2 Timothy, Titus – Gordon D. Fee

Hebrews – Donald A. Hagner

James – Peter H. Davids

1 and 2 Peter, Jude – Norman Hillyer

1, 2 and 3 John – Thomas F. Johnson

Revelation – Robert W. Wall

Also see:

Understanding the Bible Commentary Series – Old Testament volumes

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)