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Biblical Studies

Bible Commentaries - Search Tips, Non-Western authors


  • Searching for Bible commentaries in the library:
    • Looking for a Matthew commentary? Use bible commentaries matthew (as subject or keywords) in your Library Search of books in the library.
    • Limit your results to ebooks by clicking "Available online" in the left column of filtering options.
    • Sort results by "newest first" to ensure more recent scholarship.
  • Locate other forms of biblical scholarship (e.g. monographs, edited volumes) on your book by adding "interpretation" or "criticism" in place of "commentaries"
  • Looking for commentaries by people of color? Try some form of the following search strategy:
    • Library Search strategy: (africa* OR india* OR asia* OR global) AND bible commentaries (cut and paste this string into the search box below and modify it if desired)
    • Available Bible commentaries in Spanish representing a Latin America perspective (Note: a few of these are simply Spanish translations of western commentators; it's clear by the name in most cases)


The specialized commentaries below represent biblical commentary from the early church and Reformation periods. 

Background commentaries

OT Commentary Series

Regarding the commentary series below:

  • Those identified as Introductory are the most approachable for those researching a subject in the Old Testament for the first time. 
  • Technical commentaries can benefit all levels of students, but assume knowledge of the biblical languages and advanced methodologies (e.g., historical-, source-, form-criticism).
  • The series title in each case is hyperlinked. Clicking on the titles will generate a list of commentaries in that series. You can then add to the search box the name of the particular book of the Bible you want.
  • The website is a free online resource that will guide you to select the most appropriate OT or NT commentaries.

NT Commentaries series