OT Detailed Lists

These lists include all the commentaries mentioned in the OT Must-Buy Lists, plus other highly-ranked and useful volumes. The recommendations for each Bible book are divided into three lists:

  1. A detailed list of the most highly- and widely-praised commentaries
  2. A selective “also worth considering” list of authors whose volumes receive praise but from fewer sources–to which I have added additional modern volumes that John Evans considers both a) “suggested for purchase” or “a worthwhile purchase, but not a first priority” and also b) “a leading commentary, influential for evangelical scholarly discussion”
  3. A highly selective list of “important forthcoming” volumes

The audience, purpose, sources, and abbreviations remain the same as with the “Must Buy” lists, with the same limitations. The letters at the end of each listing indicate the author’s perspective and the ideal readers. (E.g. F/J-SP indicates the author writes from a Faith perspective and is Jewish, and the ideal reader is a Scholar or trained Pastor. See “Abbreviations Used” for more details.)

Must-Buy volumes are marked like this:
** = “must-buy” volumes
*  = “almost must-buy” volumes
(*) = “potential must-buy” volumes


Select a Book

Genesis1 and 2 KingsIsaiahJonah
Exodus1 and 2 ChroniclesJeremiahMicah
LeviticusEzra-NehemiahLamentationsNahum
NumbersEstherEzekielHabakkuk
DeuteronomyJobDanielZephaniah
JoshuaPsalmsHoseaHaggai
JudgesProverbsJoelZechariah
Ruth
EcclesiastesAmosMalachi
1 and 2 SamuelSong of SongsObadiah


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Genesis Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15 Buy on Amazon

  • Arnold, Bill T. Genesis. NCBC. Cambridge, 2009. 432pp. F-PL Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)

  • Brueggemann, Walter. Genesis. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1982. 384pp. C-PL Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

  • * Hamilton, Victor. The Book of Genesis. 2 vols. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1990, 1995. 522/774pp. F-PSL The Book of Genesis (New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series) 1-17

  • Mathews, Kenneth A. Genesis 1-11:26; Genesis 11:27-50:26. NAC. Broadman, 1996, 2005. 528/960pp. F-PLS The New American Commentary: Genesis 1- 11:26 (New American Commentary)

  • Ross, Allen P. Creation and Blessing. Baker, 1988. 744pp. F-PL Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis

  • Sarna, Nahum M. Genesis. JPS. Jewish Publication Society, 1989. 414pp. C/J-PS JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis

  • Walton, John. Genesis. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2001. 768pp. F-PL The NIV Application Commentary Genesis

  • Waltke, Bruce K. Genesis: A Commentary. Zondervan, 2001. 656pp. F-PL Genesis: A Commentary

  • ** Wenham, Gordon. J. Genesis. 2 vols. WBC. Word, 1987, 1994. 352/517pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15

  • Westermann, Claus. Genesis. 3 vols. ContC. Augsburg, 1984-86. 636/604/269pp. C-SP Genesis 1-11: A Continental Commentary

Also worth considering:

    • Cassuto, Hartley, Kidner, Rad

    • Evans also suggests: Bandstra, Blocher, Collins (Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary. P & R Publishing, 2006. 318pp. F-PS), Sailhamer

Important forthcoming:

    • Barrick, William. [Genesis] EEC. F-SPL? [Note: While I usually do not list EEC volumes here, since they will be released at first only in electronic format, I have listed this volume since it will likely explicitly affirm a 6-day, recent creation—a first for any recent Genesis commentary published in a major evangelical commentary series. Meanwhile, compare existing commentaries with other 6-day, young-earth literature.]

    • (*) Hendel, Ronald S. [Genesis] 2 vols. AYB. C-SP?


 Exodus Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary Buy on Amazon

  • ** Childs, Bernard. S. The Book of Exodus. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1974. 659pp. C-PS The Book of Exodus: A Critical, Theological Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Durham, John I. Exodus. WBC. Word, 1987. 516pp. C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 3, Exodus

  • Enns, Peter. Exodus. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2000. 600pp. F-PL Exodus (The NIV Application Commentary)

  • Fretheim, Terence E. Exodus. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1991. 321pp. C-PL Exodus: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

  • (*) Hamilton, Victor. Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary. Baker, 2011. 721pp. F-PSL Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary

  • Propp, William H. Exodus 1-18; Exodus 19-40. AB. Doubleday, 1998, 2006. 1500pp. C-SP Exodus 1-18 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Stuart, Douglas K. Exodus. NAC. Broadman & Holman, 2006. 826pp. F-PLS Exodus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Bruckner, Cassuto, Currid, Dozeman, Gowan, Houtman, Meyers, Sarna

    • Evans also suggests: Janzen, Kaiser

    • Note: The recent volume by Duane Garrett (Kregel, 2014. 752pp. F-PLS) is likely to join Stuart and Hamilton as a top conservative option. Commentary on Exodus, A (Kregel Exegetical Library)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Alexander, T. Desmond. [Exodus] Apollos. F-PSL?

    • (*) Strawn, Brent A. [Exodus] NICOT. F/C?-PSL?


Leviticus The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Harrison, R.K. Leviticus. TOTC. IVP, 1980. 252pp. F-PL Leviticus (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • * Hartley, John E. Leviticus. WBC. Word, 1992. 496pp. F-PSL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 4, Leviticus  (hartley), 593pp

  • Hess, Richard S. “Leviticus,” pp. 563-826 in EBCR, Vol. 1. Zondervan, 2008. 265pp. F-PL The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Genesis-Leviticus (Expositor's Bible Commentary)

  • Kiuchi, Nobuyoshi. Leviticus. Apollos. InterVarsity, 2007. 538pp. F-PSL Leviticus (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)

  • Levine, Baruch A. Leviticus. JPS. Jewish Publication Society, 1989. C/J-PS The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus

  • * Milgrom, Jacob. Leviticus. 3 vols. AB. Doubleday, 1991, 2000, 2001. 2714pp. C/J-SP Leviticus 1-16: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Anchor Bible, Vol. 3)

  • Rooker, Mark F. Leviticus. NAC. Broadman, 2000. 352pp. F-PLS Leviticus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • ** Wenham, Gordon. J. The Book of Leviticus. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1979. 362pp. F-PLS The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Balentine, Gane, Gerstenberger, Kleinig, Milgrom (ContC summary of AB vols.), Ross

    • Evans also suggests: Kaiser, Noordtzij

Important forthcoming:

    • Sklar, Jay. [Leviticus] TOTC replacement. F-PL?


Numbers The Book of Numbers (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • * Ashley, Timothy. R. The Book of Numbers. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1993. 667pp. F-PSL The Book of Numbers (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • * Cole, R. Dennis. Numbers. NAC. Broadman and Holman, 2000. 590pp. F-PL Numbers: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)

  • Levine, Baruch A. Numbers 1-20; Numbers 21-36. AB. Doubleday, 1993, 2000. 544/624pp. C/J-SP Numbers 1-20: A New Translation (Anchor Bible Series, Vol. 4A)

  • Milgrom, J. Numbers. JPS. Jewish Publication Society, 1990. 520pp. C/J-PS The JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers (English and Hebrew Edition)

  • Olson, Dennis T. Numbers. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1996. 196pp. C-PLS Numbers (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching)

  • ** Wenham, Gordon J. Numbers. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1981. 240pp. F-PL Numbers (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

Also worth considering:

    • Allen, Budd, Gane, Harrison

    • Evans also suggests: Sakenfeld

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Sailhamer, John. [Numbers] WBC. F-SPL?


Deuteronomy Deuteronomy (The NIV Application Commentary) Buy on Amazon

  • (*) Block, Daniel. Deuteronomy. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2012. 880pp. F-PL Deuteronomy (The NIV Application Commentary)

  • * Craigie, Peter. C. The Book of Deuteronomy. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1976. 424pp. F-PLS The Book of Deuteronomy (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • McConville, J. Gordon. Deuteronomy. Apollos. IVP, 2002. 544pp. F-SPL Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)

  • Merrill, Eugene. Deuteronomy. NAC. Broadman & Holman, 1994. 477pp. F-PL Deuteronomy: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Miller, Patrick D., Jr. Deuteronomy. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1990. 245pp. C-PL Deuteronomy: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • Nelson, Richard D. Deuteronomy. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 2002. 400pp. C-PS Deuteronomy: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Thompson, J.A. Deuteronomy. TOTC. IVP, 1974. 320pp. F-PL Deuteronomy (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Tigay, J.H. Deuteronomy. JPS. Jewish Publication Society, 1996. 548pp. C/J-PS The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy

  • Weinfeld, M. Deuteronomy 1-11. AB. Doubleday, 1991. 480pp. C/J-SP Deuteronomy 1-11 (Anchor Bible Series)

  • Wright, Christopher J.H. Deuteronomy. NIBC/UBCS. Hendrickson, 1996. 368pp. F-PL Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series)

Also worth considering:

    • Christensen, Clements, Rad, Woods

    • Evans also suggests: Brueggemann, Ridderbos

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Arnold, Bill T. [Deuteronomy] NICOT. F-PSL?


Joshua Joshua (2-Volume Set---7A and 7B): Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary) Buy on Amazon

  • (*) Butler, Trent. Joshua. 2 vols. 2nd ed. WBC. Word, 2014. 1264pp. F-SPL? Joshua (2-Volume Set---7A and 7B): Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary)

  • ** Hess, Richard. S. Joshua. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1996. 320pp. F-PL Joshua (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Howard, David M., Jr. Joshua. NAC. Broadman, 1998. 464pp. F-PL Joshua: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • (*) Hubbard, Robert. Joshua. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2009. 652pp. F-PL Joshua (NIV Application Commentary)

  • Nelson, Richard D. Joshua. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1997. 310pp. C-PS Joshua (Old Testament Library)

  • Woudstra, M. The Book of Joshua. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1981. 396pp. F-PLS The Book of Joshua (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Auld, Boling/Wright, Dallaire, Harstad, Hawk

    • Evans also suggests: Goslinga, Harris, McConville and Williams

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) McCarter, P. Kyle, Jr., [Joshua] Herm. C-SP?


Judges A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library) Buy on Amazon

  • * Block, Daniel I. Judges, Ruth. NAC. Broadman and Holman, 1999. 767pp. F-PL Judges, Ruth: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)

  • Boling, Robert G. Judges. AB. Doubleday, 1975. 376pp. C-S Judges (The Anchor Bible, Vol. 6A)

  • * Butler, Trent. Judges. WBC. Thomas Nelson, 2009. 537pp. F-SPL Judges (Word Biblical Commentary)

  • (*) Chisholm, Robert B. A Commentary on Judges and Ruth. Kregel, 2013. 704pp. F-PSL A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library)

  • (*) Webb, Barry G. The Book of Judges. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2012. 555pp. F-PSL The Book of Judges (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Younger, K. Lawson, Jr. Judges, Ruth. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2002. 512pp. F-PL Judges, Ruth (The NIV Application Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Lindars, Matthews, McCann, Niditch, Schneider

    • Evans also suggests: Auld, Brensinger, Goslinga

Important forthcoming:

    • Boda, Mark J. [Judges] EBCR. F-PL?

    • (*) Sasson, Jack M. [Judges] AYB. C-SP?


Ruth The Book of Ruth (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • * Block, Daniel I. Judges, Ruth. NAC. Broadman and Holman, 1999. 767pp. F-PL Judges, Ruth: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)

  • * Bush, Frederic. Ruth, Esther. WBC. Word, 1996. 514pp. F/C-SP Ruth-Esther (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 9)

  • Campbell, Edward F., Jr. Ruth. AB. Doubleday, 1985. 188pp. C-SP Ruth (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • (*) Chisholm, Robert B. A Commentary on Judges and Ruth. Kregel, 2013. 704pp. F-PSL A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library)

  • ** Hubbard, Robert L., Jr. The Book of Ruth. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1988. 317pp. F-PLS The Book of Ruth (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Duguid, Gow, LaCocque, Neilson, Sasson, Wilch, Younger

    • Evans also suggests: Sakenfeld

    • New and promising: Hawk, L. Daniel. Ruth. Apollos. InterVarsity, 2015. 176pp. F/C-PSL? Ruth (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)
    • New and promising: Block, Daniel I. Ruth. ZECOT. Zondervan, 2015. 304pp. F-PSL Ruth: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament)

Important forthcoming:

    • Korpel, Marjo C. A. [Ruth] HCOT. C-SP?

    • Schwab, George. [Ruth] EBCR. F-PL?


1 and 2 Samuel 1 & 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary, Vol. 8) Buy on Amazon

  • Anderson, A.A. 2 Samuel. WBC. Word, 1989. 348pp. C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 11, 2 Samuel  (anderson), 342pp

  • Arnold, Bill T. 1 & 2 Samuel. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2003. 681pp. F-PL 1 & 2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary)

  • Baldwin, Joyce G. 1 & 2 Samuel. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1988. 240pp. F-PL 1 and 2 Samuel (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Bergen, Robert. D. 1 and 2 Samuel. NAC. Broadman, 1996. 512pp. F-PL 1, 2 Samuel: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Brueggemann, Walter. First and Second Samuel. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1990. 374pp. C-PL First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • (*) Firth, David. G. 1 and 2 Samuel. Apollos. InterVarsity, 2009. 614pp. F-PSL 1 & 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary, Vol. 8)

  • Gordon, Robert P. 1 and 2 Samuel. Zondervan, 1986. 375pp. F/C-PS 1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary

  • Klein, Ralph W. 1 Samuel. WBC. 2nd ed. Word, 2009. 384pp. C-SPL 1 Samuel: Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary)

  • McCarter, P. Kyle. I Samuel; 2 Samuel. AB. Doubleday, 1980, 1984. 474/553pp. C-SP I Samuel,  Vol. 8 (The Anchor Bible)

  • * Tsumura, David T. The First Book of Samuel. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2007. 698pp. F-SPL The First Book of Samuel (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Youngblood, Ronald F. “1 and 2 Samuel,” pp. 23-614 in EBCR, Vol. 3. Zondervan, 2009. 592pp. F-PL 1 Samuel-2 Kings (The Expositor's Bible Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Alter, Auld, Campbell, Evans, Fokkelman, Hertzberg, Jobling, Polzin

    • Evans also suggests: Cartledge

Important forthcoming:

    • Block, Daniel I. [1 and 2 Samuel] BCBC. F-PL?

    • (*) Tsumura, David T. The Second Book of Samuel. NICOT. F-SPL


1 and 2 Kings 1 & 2 Kings (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) Buy on Amazon

  • Brueggemann, Walter. 1 & 2 Kings. SHBC. Smith & Helwys, 2000. 645pp. C-PL 1 & 2 Kings: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

  • Cogan, Mordechai. I Kings; Cogan, M., and Hayim Tadmor. II Kings. AB. Doubleday, 2000, 1988. 336/371pp. C/J-SP I Kings (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Hobbs, T.R. 2 Kings. WBC. Word, 1985. 387pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 13, 2 Kings

  • * House, Paul. R. 1 and 2 Kings. NAC. Broadman and Holman, 1995. 432pp. F-PL 1, 2 Kings: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)

  • Nelson, Richard. First and Second Kings. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1987. 273pp. C-PL First and Second Kings (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • ** Provan, Iain W. 1 and 2 Kings. NIBC/UBCS. Hendrickson, 1995. 320pp. F-PL 1 & 2 Kings (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series)

  • Walsh, Jerome T. 1 Kings. BO. Liturgical, 1996. 393pp. C-PSL Berit Olam: 1 Kings

  • Wiseman, Donald J. 1 and 2 Kings. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1993. 318pp. F-PL 1 and 2 Kings (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

Also worth considering:

    • Cohn, DeVries, Fretheim, Fritz, Gray, Jones, Knoppers, Konkel, Long, Mulder, Sweeney

 Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Hess, Richard. S. [1 and 2 Kings] NICOT. F-PSL?


1 and 2 Chronicles Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 15, 2 Chronicles  (dillard), 349pp Buy on Amazon

  • Braun, Roddy. 1 Chronicles. WBC. Word, 1986. 311pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol., 14, 1 Chronicles  (braun), 359pp

  • ** Dillard, Raymond. B. II Chronicles. WBC. Word, 1987. 323pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 15, 2 Chronicles  (dillard), 349pp

  • Hill, Andrew E. 1 & 2 Chronicles. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2003. 699pp. F-PL 1 & 2 Chronicles

  • ** Japhet, Sara. I & II Chronicles. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1993. 1077pp. F/C/J-SP I and II Chronicles: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Klein, Ralph W. 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles. Herm. Fortress, 2006, 2012. 561/592pp. C-SP 1 Chronicles (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

  • * Knoppers, Gary N. I Chronicles. 2 vols. AB. Doubleday, 2003, 2004. 1045pp. F/C-SP I Chronicles 1-9 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Selman, Martin J. 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles. TOTC. IVP, 1994. 263/286pp. F-PL 1 Chronicles (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Thompson, John A. 1 and 2 Chronicles. NAC. Broadman, 1995. 410pp. F-PL 1, 2 Chronicles (New American Commentary, 9)

  • Williamson, H.G.M. 1 and 2 Chronicles. NCB. Eerdmans, 1982. 428pp. F/C-PSL 1 and 2 Chronicles : (New Century Bible Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Japhet (The Ideology of the Book of Chronicles and Its Place in Biblical Thought, 2009), Johnstone, McConville, Pratt

    • Evans also suggests: McKenzie

    • New and promising: Merrill, Eugene H. A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles. Kregel, November, 2015. 640pp. F-PSL (My review.) A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles (Kregel Exegetical Library)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Bodner, Keith. [1 and 2 Chronicles] NICOT. F-PSL?

    • (*) Knoppers, Gary N. [2 Chronicles] AYB. F/C-SP

    • Konkel, A.H. [1 and 2 Chronicles] BCBC. F-PL?


Ezra-Nehemiah Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 16, Ezra-nehemiah  (williamson), 470pp Buy on Amazon

  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Ezra-Nehemiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1988. 366pp. C-PS Ezra-Nehemiah: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Breneman, Mervin. Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. NAC. Broadman, 1993. 383pp. F-PL Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Fensham, F. Charles. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1982. 288pp. F-PLS The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Kidner, Derek. Ezra and Nehemiah. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1979. 174pp. F-PL Ezra and Nehemiah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Throntveit, Mark A. Ezra-Nehemiah. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1992. 129pp. C-PL Ezra-Nehemiah: Interpretation (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • ** Williamson, H.G.M. Ezra, Nehemiah. WBC. Word, 1985. 417pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 16, Ezra-nehemiah  (williamson), 470pp

  • Yamauchi, E.M. “Ezra and Nehemiah,” pp. 337-568 in EBCR, Vol 4. Zondervan, 2010. 232pp. F-PL 1 Chronicles-Job (The Expositor's Bible Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Allen/Laniak, Clines, Davies, Steinmann

    • Evans also suggests: Holmgren

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Eskenazi, Tamara Cohn. [Ezra, Nehemiah] AYB. C-SP?

    • (*) Harrington, Hannah. [Ezra, Nehemiah] NICOT. F/C?-PSL?


Esther Esther (The NIV Application Commentary) Buy on Amazon

  • Baldwin, Joyce G. Esther. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1984. 126pp. F-PL Esther: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • * Berlin, Adele. Esther. JPS. Jewish Publication Society, 2001. 110pp. C/J-PS The JPS Bible Commentary: Esther

  • Breneman, Mervin. Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. NAC. Broadman, 1993. 383pp. F-PL Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • * Bush, Frederic. Ruth, Esther. WBC. Word, 1996. 514pp. F/C-SP Ruth-Esther (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 9)

  • * Jobes, Karen J. Esther. NIVAC. Zondervan, 1999. 248pp. F-PL Esther (The NIV Application Commentary)

  • Levenson, Jon D. Esther. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1997. 142pp. C/J-PS Esther: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

Also worth considering:

    • Allen/Laniak, Bechtel, Clines, Day, Fox, Reid

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Fox, Michael V. [Esther] Herm. C/J-SP?

    • (*) Hubbard, Robert L., Jr. [Esther] NICOT. F-PSL?


Job Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 17: Job 1-20 Buy on Amazon

  • Anderson, F.I. Job. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1976. 294pp. F-PL Job: An Introduction and Survey (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • ** Clines, David J.A. Job. 3 vols. WBC. Thomas Nelson, 1990, 2006, 2011. 1539pp. C-SP Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 17: Job 1-20

  • Habel, Norman C. The Book of Job. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1985. 586pp. F/C-PS The Book of Job: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • * Hartley, John E. Job. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1988. 591pp. F-PSL The Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Janzen, J. Gerald. Job. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1985. 273pp. C-PL Job: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • (*) Longman, Tremper, III. Job. BCOTWP. Baker, 2012. 491pp. F-PLS Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)

  • (*) Seow, Choon-Leong. Job 1-21. 2 vols. Illum. Eerdmans, 2013, ?. 922/?pp. C-SP Job 1 - 21: Interpretation and Commentary (Illuminations (Eerdmans))

  • Smick, Elmer B. “Job,” pp. 675-921 in EBCR, Vol 4. Zondervan, 2010. 247pp. F-PL 1 Chronicles-Job (The Expositor's Bible Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Alden, Balentine, Gordis, Wilson

    • Evans also suggests: Reyburn

    • Also: Walton’s 2012 NIVAC volume  Job (The NIV Application Commentary) , which surprisingly has not been noted by my sources, and the 2015 THCOT volume by Lindsay Wilson Job (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (THOTC)) .

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Hess, Richard S. [Job] HCOT. F-SP?


Psalms A Commentary on the Psalms, Volume 1 (Kregel Exegetical Library) Buy on Amazon

  • * Allen Leslie. C. Psalms 101-150. WBC. Word, 1983, rev. 2002. 423pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Psalms 101-150, Volume 21 Revised

  • * Craigie, Peter C. and Marvin Tate E. Psalms 1-50. WBC. Word, 1983, rev. 2004. 375pp. F-SPL Psalms 1-50: Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary)

  • * Goldingay, John. Psalms. 3 vols. BCOTWP. Baker, 2006, 2007, 2008. 639/744/812pp. F/C-PSL Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)

  • Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar and Erich Zenger. Psalms 1; Psalms 2; Psalms 3. Herm. Fortress Press, forthcoming, 2005, 2011. ?/553/712pp. C-SP Psalms 2: A Commentary on Psalms 51-100 (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) (v. 2) (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

  • (*) Jacobson, Rolf A., Nancy deClaisse-Walford, and Beth LaNeel Tanner. The Book of Psalms. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2014. 880pp. F-PSL? The Book of Psalms (New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT))

  • Kidner, Derek. Psalms 1-72; Psalms 73-150. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1973, 1975. 196/242pp. F-PL Psalms 1-72 (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Mays, James. L. Psalms. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 1994. 457pp. C-PL Psalms: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • (*) Ross, Allen. P. A Commentary on the Psalms. 3 vols. Kregel, 2012, 2013, 2014. 896/848/992pp. F-PSL A Commentary on the Psalms, Volume 1 (Kregel Exegetical Library)

  • * Tate, Marvin E. Psalms 51-100. WBC. Word, 1990. 578pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 20, Psalms 51-100  (tate), 608pp

  • VanGemeren, William. “Psalms,” pp. 1-1011 in EBCR, Vol. 5. Zondervan, 2008. 1011pp. F-PLS Psalms (The Expositor's Bible Commentary)

  • Wilson, Gerald H. Psalms Volume 1: Psalms 1-72. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2002. 1024pp. F-PL Psalms Volume 1

Also worth considering:

    • Broyles, Cohen, Gerstenberger, Grogan, Kraus, Terrien, Waltke/Houston, Weiser, Williams

    • Evans also suggests: Alter, Perowne

    • Also: Bullock (college survey Encountering the Book of Psalms, Baker, 2004 and forthcoming F-LP commentary), Grogan (theology)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Brown, William P. [Psalms] OTL. C-PS?

    • (*) Cole, Robert. Psalms 1-89. NAC. F-PL?

    • (*) Cooper, A.M. [Psalms] AYB. C-SP?

    • Grant, Jamie. Psalms Volume 2: Psalms 73-150. NIVAC. F-PL

    • Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar and Erich Zenger. Psalms 1. Herm. C-SP
    • (*) Shepherd, Jerry. Psalms 90-150. NAC. F/C-PL?

    • (*) Wenham, Gordon. [Psalms] Apollos. F-PSL?


Proverbs The Book Of Proverbs: Chapters 1-15. (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Clifford, Richard J. Proverbs. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1999. 286pp. C-SP Proverbs: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • * Fox, Michael V. Proverbs. 2 vols. AB. Doubleday, 2000, 2009. 496/752pp. C/J-SP Proverbs 1-9 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. NAC. Broadman, 1993. 453pp. F-PL Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (New American Commentary)

  • Hubbard, David A. Proverbs. CC/PC. Word, 1989. 487pp. F-PL Proverbs (The Preacher's Commentary, Volume 15)

  • Kidner, Derek. Proverbs. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1964. 189pp. F-PL Proverbs (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • * Longman III, Tremper. Proverbs. BCOTWP. Baker, 2005. 608pp. F-PLS Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)

  • Murphy, Roland E. Proverbs. WBC. Word, 1998. 306pp. C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 22, Proverbs (murphy), 384pp

  • ** Waltke, Bruce K. The Book of Proverbs. 2 vols. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2004, 2005. 693/624pp. F-PSL The Book Of Proverbs: Chapters 1-15. (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Alden, Heim, Koptak, McKane, Perdue, Ross, Steinmann, van Leeuwen

    • Evans also suggests: Whybray

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Johnstone, Gordon. [Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs] Kregel. F-PSL?


Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) Buy on Amazon

  • * Bartholomew, Craig G. Ecclesiastes. BCOTWP. Baker, 2009. 448pp. F-PSL Ecclesiastes (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)

  • Crenshaw, James L. Ecclesiastes. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1987. 192pp. C-PS Ecclesiastes: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Eaton, Michael A. Ecclesiastes. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1983. 159pp. F-PL Ecclesiastes (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Fox, Michael V. Ecclesiastes. JPS. Jewish Publication Society, 2004. 87pp. C/J-PS The JPS Bible Commentary: Ecclesiastes

  • * Longman III, Tremper. Ecclesiastes. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1998. 306pp. F-PSL The Book of Ecclesiastes (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Murphy, Roland E. Ecclesiastes. WBC. Word, 1992. 165pp. C-PSL Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 23A: Ecclesiastes

  • Provan, Iain. Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2001. 399pp. F-PL Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

  • Seow, Choon-Leong. Ecclesiastes. AB. Doubleday, 1997. 419pp. C-SP Ecclesiastes (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

Also worth considering:

    • Brown, Fredericks, Garrett, Gordis, Krüger, Lohfink, Shepherd, Whybray

    • Evans also suggests: Brown, Hubbard, Kidner

    • Also: Michael V. Fox, A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up: A Rereading of Ecclesiastes. Eerdmans, 1999.

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Johnstone, Gordon. [Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs] Kregel. F-PSL?

    • (*) Weeks, Stuart. [Ecclesiastes] ICC. C-SP?


Song of Songs Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) Buy on Amazon

  • Carr, G. Lloyd. The Song of Solomon. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1984. 175pp. F-PL The Song of Solomon (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Garrett, Duane, and Paul R. House. Song of Songs, Lamentations. WBC. Nelson, 2004. 478pp. F-SPL Song of Songs /  Lamentations (Word Biblical Commentary)

  • Gledhill, Tom. The Message of the Song of Songs. BST. InterVarsity, 1994. 254pp. F-PL The Message of the Song of Songs (Bible Speaks Today)

  • * Hess, Richard S. Song of Songs. BCOTWP. Baker, 2005. 285pp. F-PSL Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)

  • Keel, Othmar. Song of Songs. Trans. by F. J. Geiser. ContC. Fortress, trans. 1994. 308pp. C-SP The Song of Songs [Song of Solomon] (Continental Commentary Series)

  • * Longman, Tremper, III. Song of Songs. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2001. 238pp. F-PSL Songs of Songs (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Murphy, Roland E. The Song of Songs. Herm. Fortress, 1990. 237pp. C-SP The Song of Songs: A Commentary on the Book of Canticles or the Song of Songs (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible)

  • Pope, Marvin H. Song of Songs. AB. Doubleday, 1977. 743pp. C-SP Songs of Songs (The Anchor Bible, Vol. 7C)

  • Provan, Iain. Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2001. 399pp. F-PL Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

Also worth considering:

    • Bergant, Exum, Estes, Jensen, Mitchell, Schwab

Important forthcoming:

    • Fishbane, Michael. [Song of Songs] JPS. C/J-PS?

    • (*) Johnstone, Gordon. [Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs] Kregel. F-PSL?


Isaiah The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1–39 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Isaiah 1-39; Isaiah 40-55; Isaiah 56-66. AB. Doubleday, 2000, 2002, 2003. 524/528/348pp. C-SP Isaiah 1-39 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Childs, Brevard S. Isaiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 2001. 555pp. C-SP Isaiah (2000): A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Motyer, J. Alec. The Prophecy of Isaiah. InterVarsity, 1993. 544pp. F-PLS The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary

  • ** Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah. 2 vols. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1986, 1998. 746/755pp. F-PSL The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1–39 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2003. 736pp. F-PL Isaiah: The NIV Application Commentary

  • (*) Paul, Shalom M. Isaiah 40-66. ECC. Eerdmans, 2012. 728pp. C/J-SPL? Isaiah 40-66: A Commentary (Eerdmans Critical Commentary)

  • Williamson, H.G.M. Isaiah 1-5. (First of 3 projected vols. on Isaiah 1-27.) ICC. T&T Clark, 2006. 410pp. C-SP Isaiah 1-5 (ICC): A Critical and Exegetical Commentary (International Critical Commentary)

Also worth considering:

    • Baltzer, Brueggemann, Goldingay (NIBC/UBCS; also ICC and accompanying literary-theological volume), Grogan, Hansen, Seitz, Smith, Sweeney, Watts, Webb, Westermann, Wilderberger, Young

    • Note: If Longman hadn’t mysteriously failed to mention Smith’s NAC volume, it would be included in the detailed list above

    • Also: Beyer (college survey Encountering the Book of Isaiah, Baker, 2007)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Schultz, Richard. [Isaiah] Apollos. F-PSL?


Jeremiah Jeremiah 1-20 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Buy on Amazon

  • (*) Allen, Leslie C. Jeremiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 2008. 656pp. F/C-PS? Jeremiah (2008): A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Craigie, Peter C., Page H. Kelley, and Joel F. Drinkard, Jr. Jeremiah 1-25. WBC. Word, 1991. 388pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 26, Jeremiah 1-25  (craigie/kelley/drinkard), 438pp

  • Dearman, J. Andrew. Jeremiah, Lamentations. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2002. 488pp. F/C-PL Jeremiah, Lamentations (The NIV Application Commentary)

  • Fretheim, Terence E. Jeremiah. SHBC. Smyth and Helwys, 2002. 684pp. C-PL Jeremiah: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

  • Holladay, William L. Jeremiah 1-25; Jeremiah 26-52. Herm. Fortress Press, 1986, 1989. 682/543pp. C-SP Jeremiah 1 Hermeneia (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

  • ** Lundbom, Jack R. Jeremiah 1-20; Jeremiah 21-36; Jeremiah 37-52. AB. Doubleday, 1999, 2004, 2004. 934/649/624pp. F/C-SP Jeremiah 1-20 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • McKane, William. Jeremiah 1-25; Jeremiah 26-52. ICC. T&T Clark, 1986, 1989. 658/785pp. C-S Jeremiah: Volume 1: 1-25 (International Critical Commentary)

  • Thompson, John A. The Book of Jeremiah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1980. 819pp. F-PSL A Book of Jeremiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Brown, Brueggemann, Carroll, Clements, Huey, Keown/Scalise/Smothers, King, Lalleman, Longman, Martens, Pixley, Stuhlman

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Scalise, Pamela J. [Jeremiah] NICOT. F-PSL?

    • (*) Vanhoozer, Kevin. [Jeremiah] BTCB. F-PL?


Lamentations Lamentations (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) Buy on Amazon

  • Berlin, Adele. Lamentations. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 2002. 161pp. C/J-SP Lamentations: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Dobbs-Allsopp, F.W. Lamentations. Inter. Westminster John Knox, 2002. 173pp. C-PL Lamentations: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • Hillers, Delbert R. Lamentations. 2nd ed. AYB. Doubleday, 1992. 116pp. C-SP Lamentations: Second Revised Edition (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • House, Paul R., and Duane Garrett. Song of Songs, Lamentations. WBC. Nelson, 2004. 478pp. F-SPL Song of Songs /  Lamentations (Word Biblical Commentary)

  • (*) Parry, Robin A. Lamentations. THOTC. Eerdmans, 2010. 272pp. F-PS? Lamentations (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)

  • Provan, Iain. Lamentations. NCB. Eerdmans, 1991. 142pp. F/C-PLS Lamentations (New Century Bible Commentary)

  • (*) Salters, R.B. Lamentations. ICC. T&T Clark, 2011. 375pp. C-SP Lamentations (ICC): A Critical and Exegetical Commentary (International Critical Commentary)

Also worth considering:

  • Bergant, Dearman, Ferris, Huey, Lalleman, Longman, Martens, Renkema, Salters, Westermann

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Hubbard, Robert L. [Lamentations] NICOT. F-PSL?


Ezekiel The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 1–24 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Allen, Leslie C. Ezekiel 1-19; Ezekiel 20-48. WBC. Word, 1990. 306/301pp. F/C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 28, Ezekiel 1-19  (allen), 346pp

  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Ezekiel. Inter. Westminster John Knox Press, 1990. 242pp. C-PL Ezekiel (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching)

  • ** Block, Daniel I. The Book of Ezekiel. 2 vols. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1997, 1998. 887/826pp. F-PSL The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 1–24 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Duguid, Iain M. Ezekiel. NIVAC. Zondervan, 1999. 568pp. F-PL The NIV Application Commentary: Ezekiel

  • Greenberg, Moshe. Ezekiel 1-20; Ezekiel 21-37. AB. Doubleday, 1983, 1997. 760pp. C/J-SP Ezekiel, 1-20: A New Translation With Introduction and Commentary (Anchor Bible, Vol. 22)

  • Milgrom, Jacob. Ezekiel’s Hope: A Commentary on Ezekiel 38-48. Wipf & Stock, 2012. 338pp. C/J-SP? Ezekiels Hope: A Commentary on Ezekiel 3848

  • Zimmerli, Walther. Ezekiel 1-24; Ezekiel 25-48. Herm. Fortress Press, trans. 1979, 1983. 509/606pp. C-SP Ezekiel 1: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 1-24  (Hermeneia)

Also worth considering:

    • Craigie, Cooper, Eichrodt, Hals, Jenson, Joyce, Odell, Rooker, Stuart, Tuell, Wright

 Important forthcoming:

    • N/A


Daniel Daniel (Concordia Commentary) Buy on Amazon

  • Baldwin, Joyce G. Daniel. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1978. 210pp. F-PL Daniel (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • * Collins, John J. Daniel. Herm. Fortress, 1993. 499pp. C-SP Daniel Hermeneia Series (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

  • ** Goldingay, John. E. Daniel. WBC. Word, 1989. 351pp. C-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 30, Daniel  (goldingay), 408pp

  • Longman III, Tremper. Daniel. NIVAC. Zondervan, 1999. 313pp. F-PL The NIV Application Commentary : Daniel

Also worth considering:

    • Duguid, Ferguson, Hartmann/DiLella, Hill, Lucas, Miller, Montgomery, Nelson, Porteous, Smith-Christopher, Steinmann, Towner, Wallace, Young

    • Note: A clear conservative consensus for a technical Daniel commentary has not yet developed. Given complex questions of authorship, date, genre, and prophecy, this is hardly surprising. Some of the best volumes (Collins, Goldingay) reflect liberal assumptions. Others are dated (Baldwin, Young). In my own library, I like the conservative, Christocentric, and semi-technical Steinmann (Concordia Commentary, 2008, 628pp. Daniel (Concordia Commentary) ) better than either Longman (fuzzy on crucial points of debate) or Young (dated), and am happy to note that Fee and Stuart agree, choosing Steinmann—along with Duguid (sermonic) and Miller (best of Dispensationalism)—as the most technical volume on their latest list. Lucas (Apollos, 2002, 359pp.) is another popular recent choice, though clearly less conservative (and technical) than Steinmann. Perhaps Wooden (below) will gain widespread conservative praise?

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Wooden, R. Glenn. [Daniel] NICOT. F-PSL?


Hosea The Book of Hosea (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Andersen, Francis I. and David N. Freedman. Hosea. AB. Doubleday, 1980. 699pp. F/C-SP Hosea: A new translation (Anchor Bible, Vol. 24)

  • (*) Dearman, J. Andrew. The Book of Hosea. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2010. 422pp. F/C-PSL The Book of Hosea (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Garrett, Duane A. Hosea, Joel. NAB. Broadman & Holman, 1997. 426pp. F-PL Hosea, Joel: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Hubbard, David A. Hosea. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1989. 234pp. F/C-PLS Hosea (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Macintosh, A.A. Hosea. ICC. T&T Clark, 1997. 600pp. C-SP Hosea (ICC) (International Critical Commentary)

  • * McComiskey, Thomas Edward. “Hosea,” pp. 1-237 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 1 of 3. Baker, 1992. 520pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 1: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Hosea, Joel, and Amos) (Expositional Commentary)

  • ** Stuart, Douglas. “Hosea,” pp. 1-220 in Hosea–Jonah. WBC. Word, 1987. 537pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah

  • Wolff, Hans W. Hosea. Herm. Fortress Press, trans. 1974. 259pp. C-S Hosea: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Hosea (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Carroll, Davies, Harper, Limburg, Mays, Smith, Sweeney, Yee

    • Note: Denver Seminary mysteriously overlooked Dearman’s NICOT volume. It will probably achieve “must-buy” status soon, edging out McComiskey and Stuart.

Important forthcoming:

    • N/A


Joel Minor Prophets, V. 1: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Hosea, Joel, and Amos) (Expositional Commentary) Buy on Amazon

  • Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1976. 427pp. F/C-PSL The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Barton, John. Joel and Obadiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 2001. 168pp. C-SP Joel and Obadiah (2001): A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Crenshaw, James L. Joel. AB. Doubleday, 1995. 251pp. C-SP Joel (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • ** Dillard, Raymond B. “Joel,” pp. 239-313 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 1 of 3. Baker, 1992. 520pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 1: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Hosea, Joel, and Amos) (Expositional Commentary)

  • Garrett, Duane A. Hosea, Joel. NAB. Broadman & Holman, 1997. 426pp. F-PL Hosea, Joel: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Hubbard, David A. Joel and Amos. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1989. 245pp. F/C-PL Joel and Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • * Stuart, Douglas. “Joel,” pp. 221-272 in Hosea–Jonah. WBC. Word, 1987. 537pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah

  • Wolff, Hans W. Joel and Amos. Herm. Fortress Press, trans. 1977. 392pp. C-S Joel and Amos: A Commentary on the Books of the Prophets Joel and Amos (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Baker, Coggins, Finley, Limburg, Sweeney

    • Evans also suggests: Patterson

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Gordon, Robert P. [Joel, Amos, Obadiah] ICC. F/C-SP?


Amos Amos: A Commentary on the Book of Amos (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) Buy on Amazon

  • Andersen, Francis I. and David N. Freedman. Amos. AB. Doubleday, 1989. 979pp. F/C-S Amos (Anchor Bible Series)

  • Hubbard, David A. Joel and Amos. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1989. 245pp. F/C-PL Joel and Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Jeremias, Jörg. The Book of Amos. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1998. 177pp. C-SP The Book of Amos: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • ** Paul, Shalom. Amos. Herm. Fortress, 1991. 409pp. C/J-SP Amos: A Commentary on the Book of Amos (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible)

  • * Niehaus, Jeffery. “Amos,” pp. 315-494 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 1 of 3. Baker, 1992. 520pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 1: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Hosea, Joel, and Amos) (Expositional Commentary)

  • Smith, Gary V. Amos. 2nd ed. Mentor. Christian Focus, 1998. 398pp. F-PSL Amos

  • Stuart, Douglas. “Amos,” pp. 273-400 in Hosea–Jonah. WBC. Word, 1987. 537pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Carroll, Coggins, Finley, Hasel, Lessing, Limburg, Mays, McComiskey/Longman, Smith (NIVAC), Sweeney, Wolff

    • Evans also suggests: Garrett

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Gordon, Robert P. [Joel, Amos, Obadiah] ICC. F/C-SP?

    • (*) Carroll R., M. Daniel. [Amos] NICOT. F-PSL?


Obadiah Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah Buy on Amazon

  • Alexander, T. Desmond, David W. Baker, and Bruce K. Waltke. Obadiah, Jonah, Micah. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1988. 207pp. F-PL Obadiah, Jonah and Micah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1976. 427pp. F/C-PSL The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • * Niehaus, Jeffery. “Obadiah,” pp. 495-541 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 2 of 3. Baker, 1993. 420pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary : Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk (Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, Vol. 2)

  • Raabe, Paul R. Obadiah. AYB. Doubleday, 1996. 310pp. F-SP Obadiah (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • ** Stuart, Douglas. “Obadiah,” pp. 401-422 in Hosea–Jonah. WBC. Word, 1987. 537pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Armerding, Baker, Barton, ben Zvi, Finley, Limburg, Pagan, Smith, Sweeney, Watts, Wolff

    • New and promising: Block, Daniel I. Obadiah. Apollos. InterVarsity, 2015. 128pp. F-PSL? Obadiah: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Gordon, Robert P. [Joel, Amos, Obadiah] ICC. F/C-SP?


Jonah Jonah (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Buy on Amazon

  • Alexander, T. Desmond, David W. Baker, and Bruce K. Waltke. Obadiah, Jonah, Micah. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1988. 207pp. F-PL Obadiah, Jonah and Micah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1976. 427pp. F/C-PSL The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Baldwin, Joyce. “Jonah,” pp. 543-90 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 2 of 3. Baker, 1993. 420pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary : Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk (Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, Vol. 2)

  • * Sasson, Jack M. Jonah. AB. Doubleday, 1990. 368pp. C-SP Jonah (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • * Stuart, Douglas. “Jonah,” pp. 423-509 in Hosea–Jonah. WBC. Word, 1987. 537pp. F-SPL Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Bruckner, Fretheim, Lessing, Limburg, Simon, Smith/Page, Sweeney, Trible, Walton, Wolff

    • Evans also suggests: Nixon, Tucker

    • New and promising: Youngblood, Kevin J. Jonah. Apollos. InterVarsity, 2015. 192pp. F-PSL? Jonah: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Kugel, James. [Jonah] Herm. C-SP?


Micah A Commentary on Micah Buy on Amazon

  • Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1976. 427pp. F/C-PSL The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Andersen, Francis I. and David N. Freedman. Micah. AB. Doubleday, 2000. 637pp. F/C-SP Micah (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Barker, Kenneth L. and Waylon Bailey. Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. NAC. Broadman & Holman, 1999. 528pp. F-PL Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Smith, Ralph L. Micah-Malachi. WBC. Word, 1984. 358pp. C-PSL Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

  • ** Waltke, Bruce K. A Commentary on Micah. Eerdmans, 2007. 490pp. F-PSL A Commentary on Micah

  • * Waltke, Bruce K. “Micah,” pp. 591-764 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 2 of 3. Baker, 1993. 420pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary : Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk (Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, Vol. 2)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, ben Zvi, Hillers, Kaiser, Limburg, Mays, McComiskey/Longman, McKane, Smith, Sweeney, Waltke (TOTC), Wolff

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. Forthcoming. F-SPL


Nahum The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary : Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk (Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, Vol. 2) Buy on Amazon

  • Baker, David W. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1988. 121pp. F-PL Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Barker, Kenneth L. and Waylon Bailey. Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. NAC. Broadman & Holman, 1999. 528pp. F-PL Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • * Longman, Tremper, III. “Nahum,” pp. 765-829 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 2 of 3. Baker, 1993. 420pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary : Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk (Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, Vol. 2)
  • Roberts, J.J.M. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1991. 223pp. C-SP Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • * Robertson, O. Palmer. The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1989. 357pp. F-PLS The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Smith, Ralph L. Micah-Malachi. WBC. Word, 1984. 358pp. C-PSL Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Armerding, Bruckner, Christensen, Floyd, Goldingay/Scalise, Maier, Patterson, Spronk, Sweeney

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. F-SPL

    • (*) Renz, Thomas. [Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah] NICOT. F-PSL?


Habakkuk The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Andersen, Francis I. and David N. Freedman. Habakkuk. AYB. 2001. 409pp. F/C-SP Habakkuk (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

  • Baker, David W. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1988. 121pp. F-PL Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Bruce, F.F. “Habakkuk,” pp. 831-96 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 2 of 3. Baker, 1993. 420pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary : Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk (Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, Vol. 2)
  • Roberts, J.J.M. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1991. 223pp. C-SP Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • * Robertson, O. Palmer. The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1989. 357pp. F-PLS The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Smith, Ralph L. Micah-Malachi. WBC. Word, 1984. 358pp. C-PSL Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Armerding, Bailey, Bruckner, Goldingay/Scalise, Haak, Patterson, Sweeney

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. F-SPL

    • (*) Renz, Thomas. [Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah] NICOT. F-PSL?


Zephaniah Zephaniah (Anchor Bible Series, Vol. 25A) Buy on Amazon

  • Baker, David W. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1988. 121pp. F-PL Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • ** Berlin, Adele. Zephaniah. AB. Doubleday, 1994. 165pp. C/J-SP Zephaniah (Anchor Bible Series, Vol. 25A)

  • Motyer J. Alec. “Zephaniah,” pp. 897-962 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 3 of 3. Baker, 1998. 528pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 3: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Zephaniah?malachi) (Expositional Commentary)
  • Patterson, Richard D. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. WEC. Moody, 1991. 441pp. (Republished by Biblical Studies Press, 2013.) F-PSL Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary)

  • Roberts, J.J.M. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1991. 223pp. C-SP Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • * Robertson, O. Palmer. The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1989. 357pp. F-PLS The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

  • Smith, Ralph L. Micah-Malachi. WBC. Word, 1984. 358pp. C-PSL Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Bailey, ben Zvi, Bruckner, Goldingay/Scalise, House, Sweeney (Herm. and BO), Vlaardingerbroek, Walker

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. F-SPL

    • (*) Renz, Thomas. [Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah] NICOT. F-PSL?


Haggai The Books of Haggai and Malachi (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Buy on Amazon

  • Baldwin, Joyce G. Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1972. 253pp. F-PL Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Boda, Mark J. Haggai, Zechariah. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2004. 576pp. F-PL Haggai, Zechariah (The NIV Application Commentary)

  • Meyers, Carol L. and Eric M. Meyers. Haggai, Zechariah 1-8. AB. Doubleday, 1987. 478pp. C-SP Haggai, Zechariah 1-8 (Anchor Bible Series, Vol. 25B)

  • Motyer J. Alec. “Haggai,” pp. 963-1002 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 3 of 3. Baker, 1998. 528pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 3: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Zephaniah?malachi) (Expositional Commentary)

  • Petersen, David L. Haggai, Zechariah 1-8. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1984. 320pp. C-SP Haggai and Zechariah 1-8: A Commentary (Old Testament Library)

  • Smith, Ralph L. Micah-Malachi. WBC. Word, 1984. 358pp. C-PSL Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

  • Taylor, Richard A. and E. Ray Clendenen. Haggai, Malachi. NAC. Broadman and Holman, 2004. 496pp. E-PLS Haggai, Malachi: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • * Verhoef, Pieter A. The Books of Haggai and Malachi. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1987. 364pp. F-PSL The Books of Haggai and Malachi (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Alden, Goldingay/Scalise, Hill, Merrill (WEC and EBCR), Sweeney, Wolff

    • New and promising: Anthony R. Petterson. Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Apollos, 2015. 448pp. F-PSL?  Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. F-SPL

    • (*) Jacobs, Mignon. [Haggai, Malachi] NICOT. F/C-PSL?


Zechariah Zechariah 9-14 (Anchor Bible) Buy on Amazon

  • Baldwin, Joyce G. Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1972. 253pp. F-PL Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Boda, Mark J. Haggai, Zechariah. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2004. 576pp. F-PL Haggai, Zechariah (The NIV Application Commentary)

  • McComiskey, Thomas E. “Zechariah,” pp. 1003-1244 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 3 of 3. Baker, 1998. 528pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 3: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Zephaniah?malachi) (Expositional Commentary)

  • * Meyers, Carol L. and Eric M. Meyers. Haggai, Zechariah 1-8; Zechariah 9-14. AB. Doubleday, 1987, 1993. 478/552pp. C-SP Zechariah 9-14 (Anchor Bible)

  • Petersen, David L. Haggai, Zechariah 1-8; Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1984, 1995. 320/233pp. C-SP Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi (Old Testament Library)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Barker, Goldingay/Scalise, Hill, Klein, Merrill, Smith, Sweeney

    • New and promising: Anthony R. Petterson. Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Apollos, 2015. 448pp. F-PSL?  Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)
    • (*) New and almost certainly now the best: Mark J. Boda. Zechariah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2016. 936pp. F-PSL  The Book of Zechariah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT))

Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. F-SPL

    • (*) Wolters, Al. [Zechariah] HCOT. F-SP?


Malachi Malachi (Anchor Bible) Buy on Amazon

  • Baldwin, Joyce G. Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. TOTC. InterVarsity, 1972. 253pp. F-PL Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

  • Clendenen, E. Ray and Richard A. Taylor. Haggai, Malachi. NAC. Broadman and Holman, 2004. 496pp. E-PLS Haggai, Malachi: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary)

  • Hill, Andrew E. Malachi. AB. Doubleday, 1998. 436pp. Malachi (Anchor Bible)

  • Petersen, David L. Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi. OTL. Westminster John Knox, 1995. 233pp. C-SP Minor Prophets, V. 3: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Zephaniah?malachi) (Expositional Commentary)

  • Stuart, Douglas. “Malachi,” pp. 1245-396 in The Minor Prophets. Ed. Thomas E. McComiskey. Vol 3 of 3. Baker, 1998. 528pp. (Reprinted in 1 vol.) F-PSL Minor Prophets, V. 3: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Zephaniah?malachi) (Expositional Commentary)

  • * Verhoef, Pieter A. The Books of Haggai and Malachi. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1987. 364pp. F-PSL The Books of Haggai and Malachi (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Also worth considering:

    • Achtemeier, Alden, Baker, Duguid, Goldingay/Scalise, Hill (TOTC), Hugenberger, Kaiser, Merrill (WEC and EBCR), Smith, Sweeney

    • New and promising: Anthony R. Petterson. Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Apollos, 2015. 448pp. F-PSL?  Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)

 Important forthcoming:

    • (*) Stuart, Douglas. [Micah-Malachi] WBC. F-SPL

    • (*) Jacobs, Mignon. [Haggai, Malachi] NICOT. F/C-PSL?

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