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Recommended Commentaries for Zechariah

I will be recommending commentaries for the book of Zechariah with this post. I recommend commentaries based on their usefulness toward developing a redemptive-historical perspective of a particular book.


The Message of Zechariah, by Barry Webb. If you are looking for a basic overview of Zechariah from a redemptive-historical perspective, then read Webb’s book. This short volume is really the place to start studying the book of Zechariah because it is so concise.


Zechariah, by Thomas McComiskey. This commentary of Zechariah is found in the third volume of a three volume exegetical work on the Minor Prophets. McComiskey’s work is more “exegetical” (e.g., using Hebrew) than Webb, Boda, and Phillips, but still balances the exegesis with solid theological commentary.


Haggai, Zechariah, by Mark Boda. Boda’s book was a pleasant surprise. The NIV Application series is hit or miss; some volumes are good, making solid connections to the New Testament, but others are very average. This volume was very good. Boda avoids end-times sensationalism with the book of Zechariah and makes many helpful connections to Jesus and the New Testament.


Zechariah, by Richard Phillips. I have yet to really examine this book, but based on the purpose of the Reformed Expository Commentaries this book should provide many helpful redemptive-historical insights from the book of Zechariah. I think the one draw back to this series is that it is less of a traditional commentary and really just sermons put into book form like the Preaching the Word series; however, it should still prove helpful.


Glory in Our Midst, Meredith Kline. Kline’s work is really the finest on Zechariah from a redemptive-historical perspective. Kline does a good job dealing with the symbols and types of the book and does a great job connecting it to the rest of Scripture. The draw back to Kline’s volume is that his focus is primarily with the first six chapters of Zechariah.

Zechariah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament), by Mark Boda, forthcoming.  This commentary should be very helpful based on Boda’s current work on the subject.

Zechariah (New American Commentary), by George Klein, forthcoming.  Much of my endorsement of this book will hinge on Klein’s eschatological perspectives.  I suspect the commentary will be very dispensational in its conclusions, but I could be wrong.

Zechariah (Word Biblical Commentary) 2nd ed., by Douglas Stuart, forthcoming.  This book appears to be a revision of Zechariah from the previous volume. Stuart has written several solid commentaries and this one should be no different.

Zechariah (Historical Commentary on the Old Testament), by Al Wolters, forthcoming.  Based on Wolters’ other books (e.g., Creation Regained) he demonstrates a concern for redemptive-historical issues, but I am unsure about the aim of this series and how he will approach Zechariah. 

  1. M. Belue
    September 5, 2007 at 10:36 am

    You Said- Zechariah (New American Commentary), by George Klein, forthcoming. Much of my endorsement of this book will hinge on Klein’s eschatological perspectives. I suspect the commentary will be very dispensational in its conclusions, but I could be wrong.

    Kindly I say, “you do suspect wrong”. You might have read Dr. Klein’s educational background and been lead to a false conclusion! Understandable, but I believe you will be suprised.

  2. Chad
    September 5, 2007 at 11:10 am

    That’s why I said, “I could be wrong.”

    Thanks for your insight.

  3. Neal
    June 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Eugene Merrill of DTS & Richard Patterson of Liberty University endorse George Klein’s NAC volume on Zechariah. Not a good sign for non-Dispensationalists.

  4. Neal
    June 3, 2008 at 1:08 am

    After reading Kline’s comments on Zechariah 14, he seems to be a progressive Dispensationalist. He places the Amil & Dispy understanding of ‘Israel’ side by side, allowing the reader to choose the strongest argument. In his comments on 14:1, Kline does interpret Daniel 9:24-27 apocalyptically in relation to Zechariah 14, but without any explanation. He provides a very brief history of the interpretation of Zechariah 14. It’s helpful, but I would’ve liked him to wrestle with the strengths and weaknesses of the 7 different interpretations that have surfaced throughout Church history. I guess we’ll have to wait for both Mark Boda’s forthcoming more exegetical Zechariah volume in the NICOT (My favorite OT commentary set overall. The Reformed perspective is well represented in it, much like it is in the NIVAC. It’s forthcoming volumes on Judges and Zechariah should be no exception.) & Douglas Stuart’s replacement volume on Micah through Malachi in the WBC to see some grappling with each one. Kline has given us a seemingly very good commentary. It’s as exegetically detailed as Ray Clendenen’s Malachi & Douglas Stuart’s Exodus, which are also in the NAC and the best Evangelical treatment of those books currently available.

    • domz
      January 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      Why is it sooo hard to find non dispensational commentaries on the Bible? (Not tainted with the heresy of futurism)

  5. November 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Your RSS feed somehow gave me a whole bunch of old posts, so I’m just getting this now as if it’s a new post.

    I assume your last comment refers to Klein, not Kline, but you wrote Kline. Meredith Kline was no progressive dispensationalist. George Klein may well be.

  1. July 27, 2007 at 10:58 pm

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