CVBBS is offering Peter Naylor’s fine commentary on Ezekiel for only $15. This is a great deal considering it retails for $50. Check it out here.
There is no end to commentaries, but this one looks unique. The new series is The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament. Below is a series description, along with a list of contributors.
The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament is not meant to be an academic or highly technical series. There are many helpful exegetical commentaries written for that purpose. Rather, the aim is to provide lectio continua sermons which clearly and faithfully communicate the context, meaning, gravity and application of God’s inerrant Word. Each volume of expositions aspires to be redemptive-historical, covenantal, Reformed and confessional, trinitarian, person-and-work-of-Christ-centered, and teeming with practical application. Therefore, the series will be a profound blessing to every Christian believer who longs to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).
- Matthew: Daniel R. Hyde
- Mark: Jon D. Payne
- Luke: Iain D. Campbell
- John: Terry L. Johnson
- Acts: TBA
- Romans: John V. Fesko
- 1 Corinthians: Kim Riddlebarger
- 2 Corinthians: Derek W. H. Thomas
- Galatians: John V. Fesko
- Ephesians: Jon D. Payne
- Philippians: David T. A. Strain
- Colossians: Sinclair B. Ferguson
- 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Daniel R. Hyde
- 1 Timothy: David W. Hall
- 2 Timothy: Michael G. Brown
- Titus/Philemon: Rev. Dr. Malcolm Maclean
- Hebrews: David B. McWilliams
- James: Harry L. Reeder III
- 1 Peter: Jon D. Payne
- 1 – 3 John: TBA
- Jude & 2 Peter: Kim Riddlebarger
- Revelation: Joel R. Beeke
In the recent weeks the church where I pastor has gone through some changes. In light of these changes the Lord has been good and provided me an opportunity to preach through the book of Matthew. I’ve been at it now for a few weeks and am thoroughly enjoying it. As I have been preparing it has given me the chance to use Grant Osborne’s commentary on Matthew from the Zondervan Exegetical series. I must say that I have found it extremely helpful.
Many commentaries can be tedious (e.g., heavy on details and various views). These commentaries serve a purpose, but often touch on issues that are rarely brought up in sermons. When I first picked up the Zondervan Exegetical commentary I thought it might be like so many other commentaries I already own. I was wrong. Below are the points from the Series Introduction that I have found to be true.
The key question to ask is: What are you looking for in a commentary? This commentary series might be for you if
- you have taken Greek and would like a commentary that helps you apply what you have learned without assuming you are a well-trained scholar.
- you would find it useful to see a concise, one-or-two sentence statement of what the commentator thinks the main point of each passage is.
- you would like help interpreting the words of Scripture without getting bogged down in scholarly issues that seem irrelevant to the life of the church.
- you would like to see a visual representation (a graphical display) of the flow of thought in each passage.
- you would like expert guidance from solid evangelical scholars who set out to explain the meaning of the original text in the clearest way possible and to help you navigate through the main interpretive issues.
- you want to benefit from the results of the latest and best scholarly studies and historical information that help to illuminate the meaning of the text.
- you would find it useful to see a brief summary of the key theological insights that can be gleaned from each passage and some discussion of the relevance of these for Christians today.
Currently these four volumes are available:
Matthew, by Grant Osborne.
Galatians, by Tom Schreiner.
Ephesians, by Clinton Arnold.
James, by Craig Blomberg.
Let’s face it, none of us have time to wade through 7-10 commentaries. As a matter of fact we seem to facing commentary overkill with how many are produced each year. As you select commentaries, consider the Zondervan Exegetical series. A busy pastor will quickly find this series to be an immense help. This series gives you more than the basics, but does so without overwhelming you. It has quickly become one of my favorites.
In honor of the release of Frank Thielman’s new commentary on Ephesians, WTS Bookstore is offering a sale on all Baker Exegetical Commentaries. Buy two or more commentaries and receive an additional 10% off. Plus get Thielman’s commentary at 45% off. See all available commentaries here.
Westminster Bookstore is offering for a limited time an extra 10% of each volume from the NICOT series when you order two or more. See available copies here.
I am finished preaching through Colossians. I enjoyed it immensely. Below are my recommended commentaries for the book.
Douglas J. Moo, The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. I try to read everything Moo writes. His commentaries are always helpful and his work on Colossians did not disappoint. Because it is the most up to date work on Colossians, he will highlight many of the finer points from past commentaries. Moo did a great job interpreting Colossians in light of the whole canon.
Peter T. O’Brien, Colossians, Philemon. The format of the Word Series is frustrating at times, but should be overlooked for the splendid contribution O’Brien makes to the study of Colossians. Similar to Moo, O’Brien does an excellent job tying the book into the rest of Scripture. O’Brien pulls from a wealth of resources and leaves no stone unturned in his work.
F. F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. Bruce was good on many things, but commenting on three books in one volume (442 pp.) means that some areas are going to be lacking. Bruce was usually the last place I would consult, but he is still worth reading.
James D. G. Dunn, The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon. Dunn is quite technical. Although, he does offer some good exegetical insights; I didn’t find anything in his work that wasn’t touched on in Moo or O’Brien in some way or another.
N. T. Wright, Colossians and Philemon. I was pleasantly surprised by Wright. He had many interesting points and he has a good way of making difficult passages clear.
David E. Garland, Colossians / Philemon. Garland quotes Dunn and Wright quite often, so if you can’t get either of them, just read Garland. In keeping pace with the series (NIV Application), Garland made some nice applications.
Sam Storms, The Hope of Glory: 100 Daily Meditations on Colossians. Even though Storms’ book is meant to be a devotional, it functions like a commentary. I was very impressed with this book and found it extremely helpful. Storms provides a lot of good points to think about and makes some helpful applications. In my opinion, a must read when studying Colossians.
R. Kent Hughes, Colossians and Philemon: The Supremacy of Christ. This book is the first I have read of Hughes from the series (Preaching The Word). While I wasn’t overly impressed, Hughes was helpful in some areas with application.
John Dyer has put together a helpful chart on how each commentary from each series ranks according to the reviews on his site. He also made available John Walton’s recommended OT commentaries. See it here.
I was not aware he was working on this commentary, but Iain Duguid (one of my favorite OT writers) has come out with a new work on Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. The commentary is part of the EP Study Commentary series. See it here.
Erik Raymond pointed out that Peter O’Brien’s commentary on Hebrews is now available at the Westminster Bookstore. When I clicked the link, to my surprise there was a great sale on Pillar Commentaries. If you purchase two or more Pillar Commentaries, you receive an additional 10% off every volume (also don’t forget, WB has $1 shipping). Sale ends March 9. See it here.
John Currid’s commentary on the book of Numbers is due out later this month. It is the final volume of his series on the Pentateuch. See it here.
You can also view Currid’s other commentaries on the Pentateuch here. His commentaries are very useful.