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- Looking for a Matthew commentary? Use bible commentaries matthew (as subject or keywords) in your Library Search of books in the library.
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The specialized commentaries below represent biblical commentary from the early church and Reformation periods.
Ancient Christian commentary on Scripture
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"Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church." Click on the series title above to see the individual volumes in Buswell.
Reformation Commentary on Scripture
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NOTE: This is an ongoing project and not all books of the Bible have been published. -- In each RCS volume you will find the biblical text in English, from the English Standard Version (ESV), alongside the insights of the leaders of the Reformation.
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.
NIV Application Commentary (Introductory)
It provides fairly lightweight commentaries, easily accessible, that are then filled out by application of various kinds.
New American Commentary (Introductory)
Its authors have been drawn from Baptist ranks both within and outside the SBC. They early volumes are generally competent enough, pitched at a middle level.
New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Introductory, Technical)
The series is evangelical and scholarly, but written in a way that laypeople can understand. Technical issues as well as theological commentary are found in these commentaries.
Old Testament Library (Introductory, Technical)
Published by Westminster-John Knox Press, OTL is one of the older but still important series that includes several classic 20th century German commentators in translation. Most recent volume is from 2015 on the book of Micah.
Anchor Bible Commentary (Technical)
It is ecumenical, moderately critical, and designed to extend through both Testaments, including the Apocrypha.
"Hermeneia must be regarded as the premier biblical commentary series in the English-speaking world today [....] The quality of scholarship throughout is first-rate. The Hermeneia commentaries have set a standard of excellence in biblical interpretation that future series will be hard-pressed to meet." Michael L. Barr
The International Critical Commentary (Technical)
A project more than a century old, is not being renewed. The old volumes include some major commentaries that still set a high standard, even if they are now seriously dated.
Word Biblical Commentary (Technical)
It is a full-scale series that aims to cover every book in the Bible. The series offers fresh translation, an original format, thoughtful interaction with literature, and a commitment to handle both exegetical and literary/critical concerns.