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Recommended Commentaries for Titus

This past Sunday was my last week preaching through Titus; so here are my commentary recommendations.

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, by Phillip H. Towner.  Towner’s volume is the most recent of the four I list and in my opinion the best.  While Mounce is very good, Towner had some excellent insights into the relationship between the Old Testament and Titus that I found invaluable.  Towner also wrote the commentary on the Pastoral Epistles for the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament that is worth consulting.

Pastoral Epistles, by William D. Mounce.  Mounce’s commentary is excellent.  His exegetical work is superb.  Although Mounce is more technical than Towner, he still manages to provide many good nuggets of theological truth.  Mounce likes to quote the Church Fathers, which I found to be a bonus.

The Pastoral Epistles, by Donald Guthrie.  Guthrie is the shortest of the four volumes.  Despite the size, Guthrie manages to throw in some good exegetical observations.  Guthrie also wrote the entry for Titus in the New Bible Commentary.

The Pastoral Epistles, by George W. Knight III.  Knight has written a helpful commentary.  Although I rank it below Towner and Mounce, Knight deals thoroughly with exegetical difficulties and provides many helpful comments along the way.

Below are some forthcoming titles on the Pastoral Epistles. 

Pastoral Epistles (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary), by Greg Beale.  Beale does a great job connecting the Old Testament to the New Testament.  I can’t wait to see how he does this with the Pastoral Epistles.

Pastoral Epistles (Baker Exegetical Commentary), by Stan Porter.  Porter is a master of exegesis and his work should prove to be very helpful.

Pastoral Epistles (Pillar New Testament Commentary), by Robert Yarbrough.  The Pillar series has been excellent and Yarbrough’s commentary should be no different.

Pastoral Epistles (Focus on the Bible), by Ligon Duncan.  I just heard Duncan preach from 2 Timothy at the Gospel Coalition and it was excellent.  His commentary should have some great pastoral insights.

  1. August 11, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Good list. I recently preached from Titus (just one passage) and found Towner’s volume most insightful. I have consulted his volume in my preaching on various passages from the pastorals, also. Regrettably, I don’t own Mounce or Knight. The forthcoming volumes you list from Beale, Porter, and Yarbrough will definitely go on my list.

  2. Richard Lucas
    August 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I’m pretty sure Andreas Kostenberger is doing the Pastorals in the Revised EBC series. That should prove helpful too, especially in dealing with the polity issues as a Baptist.

  3. August 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Kostenberger did do the Pastorals in the Revised EBC. That volume has been out for a couple years now, I believe, and I think it’s the best recent commentary at that level. The only things comparable would be Fee and Liefeld in NIBC and NIVAC. I think it was the first released. They’ve now published the whole NT except for the first volume (which is being held up by Carson, almost certainly) and I think a few OT volumes (I have Psalms).

  4. Stephen
    July 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    The commentry on the pastorals by john kitchen is a great practical read. Based I think on sermon series ryken in rec and chapell in ptw series is worth a look. Take a look also at robert wall in thntc.

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