63 Best Commentaries for the 7 Most-Preached Books

Since commentaries are such a helpful tool for Bible study and preaching, it makes sense to use them. It also makes sense to search for the best! Not only the best complete commentary series, either—the best commentary for each book of the Bible.

(After all, it’s not wallet-friendly to buy every excellent commentary series. And let’s be honest: with so many different series and specialties, the top picks are never in only one series.) Since you likely don’t want to scroll through 594 commentaries at one time, this post will tackle “just” 63.

Read on for the nine best commentaries (according to bestcommentaries.com*) on the seven most-preached books of the Bible from January 2018 through today, based on data from Faithlife Sermons

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All right, let’s dive into the best commentaries for the nine most-preached books of the Bible.

Best commentaries on Matthew 

  1. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel of Matthew by R. T. France
  2. The New American Commentary: Matthew by Craig Blomberg
  3. Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Matthew by Leon Morris
  4. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 33a, Matthew 1–13 by Donald A. Hagner
  5. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 33a, Matthew 14–28 by Donald A. Hagner
  6. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Vol. 1 by W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison, Jr.
  7. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Vol. 2 by W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison, Jr.
  8. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Vol. 3 by W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison, Jr.
  9. The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Greek Testament Commentary) by John Nolland

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Best commentaries on John 

  1. Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to John by D. A. Carson
  2. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel according to John by Leon Morris
  3. The Gospel of John: A Commentary (2 vols.) by Craig Keener
  4. The Anchor Yale Bible: The Gospel According to John I–XII by Raymond Edward Brown
  5. The Anchor Yale Bible: The Gospel According to John XIII–XXI by Raymond Edward Brown
  6. The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary by Herman Nicolaas Ridderbos
  7. John (Hendriksen & Kistemaker New Testament Commentary) by William Hendriksen and Simon J. Kistemaker
  8. Word Bible Commentary, Volume 36: John, 2nd Ed. by George R. Beasley-Murray
  9. John: The Crossway Classic Commentaries by John Calvin

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Best commentaries on Romans

  1. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas Moo
  2. Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament | BECNT) by Thomas Schreiner
  3. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (2 vols.) by C. E. B. Cranfield
  4. The Message of Romans by John Stott
  5. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 38a: Romans 1–8 by James D. G. Dunn
  6. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 38b: Romans 9–16 by James D. G. Dunn
  7. Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Epistle to the Romans by Leon Morris
  8. Romans: An Introduction and Commentary by F. F. Bruce
  9. Romans (The New American Commentary) | NAC) by Robert H. Mounce

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Best commentaries on Luke

  1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Luke 1:1–9:50 by Darrell L. Bock
  2. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Luke 9:51–24:53 by Darrell L. Bock
  3. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel of Luke by Norval Geldenhuys
  4. The New American Commentary: Luke by Robert H. Stein
  5. The Gospel of Luke: The New International Greek Testament Commentary by I. Howard Marshall
  6. Luke: An Introduction and Commentary by Leon Morris
  7. Luke (NIV Application Commentary | NIVAC) by Darrell L. Bock
  8. The Anchor Yale Bible: The Gospel According to Luke I–IX by Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  9. The Anchor Yale Bible: The Gospel According to Luke X–XXIV by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

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Best commentaries on Psalms

  1. Psalms 1–72: An Introduction and Commentary by Derek Kidner
  2. Psalms 73–150: An Introduction and Commentary by Derek Kidner
  3. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 19: Psalms 1–50 (Revised) by Peter C. Craigie and Marvin E. Tate
  4. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 20: Psalms 51–100 by Marvin E. Tate
  5. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 21: Psalms 101–150 (Revised Edition) by Leslie C. Allen
  6. NIV Application Commentary, Psalms, vol. 1 by Gerald H. Wilson
  7. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, vol. 1 by John Goldingay
  8. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, vol. 2 by John Goldingay
  9. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, vol. 3 by John Goldingay

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Best commentaries on Ephesians

  1. Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner
  2. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 42: Ephesians by Andrew T. Lincoln
  3. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon and to the Ephesians by F. F. Bruce
  4. NIV Application Commentary: Ephesians by Klyne Snodgrass
  5. Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary by Francis Foulkes
  6. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Ephesians by Ernest Best
  7. The Message of Ephesians (Bible Speaks Today | BST) by John Stott
  8. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 12: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) by Tremper Longman III, David E. Garland, and William W. Klein
  9. Ephesians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Frank Thielman

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Best commentaries on Acts

  1. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Book of the Acts by F. F. Bruce
  2. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Acts by Darrell L. Bock
  3. The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary by Ben Witherington III
  4. The Message of Acts by John Stott
  5. Acts: An Introduction and Commentary by R. Alan Cole
  6. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Vol. 1 by Paton J. Gloag
  7. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Vol. 2 by Paton J. Gloag
  8. The New American Commentary: Acts by John B. Polhill
  9. The Acts of the Apostles (Anchor Yale Bible | AYB) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

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Less than $60, for example, puts the Anchor Yale Bible: Epistles of John in your Logos library. Graham W. described it this way on bestcommentaries.com:

This might be decades old now but has stood the test of time. It is still unbeaten in its depth and clarity. It provides great contextual details, guiding through the Jewish background. Brown captures the incredible richness of John’s imagery wonderfully. I still consider this to have pride of place among John commentaries.

That’s the type of insight you’re likely to see in all of these top-reviewed volumes. Find out for yourself! Pick up one or more today.

 *In the few instances where we didn’t yet offer a Logos Edition of a top-reviewed commentary, we moved on to the next one in the bestcommentaries.com list.

Comments

  1. Michael Regan says

    Surprised the Book of Revelation was not on your list. But maybe that is just another sign of where the Church is at these days.