Recommended Commentaries

Commentary Recommendations for the Old Testament

By Ralph W. Klein
Are there other books on the Old Testament for which you would like my opinion?

rklein@lstc.edu Last Updated:  March30, 2014

Prices updated:  Interpretation, October 19,  2005; Word November 27, 1996; FOTL, December 21, 2007; NICOT, November 24, 2007, AB November 21, 2001;  Continental September 5, 2000. Hermeneia, November 24, 2007;  OTL, November, 2007 ; ICC, November, 1999.

This list of commentaries represents my judgment on what are the best commentaries on each book of the Old Testament. I recognize that there is some subjectivity here, but I have kept in mind the special needs of pastors, associates in ministry, and diaconal ministers rather than of scholars.  The commentaries are listed in order of preference, though that order may vary depending on the user's needs or linguistic skills and interests.

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, First Isaiah, Second and Third Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah 1-8, Zechariah 9-14, Malachi

For another list of recommended commentaries, see the website of Tyler F. Williams

An Important Series for Church Leaders

The New Interpreter's Bible. Nashville: Abingdon. These volumes are written by outstanding scholars who provide not only exegesis but hermeneutical and even homiletical helps. If one were to buy a series for oneself or a congregation, this would be the series to buy. (Prices updated June 9, 2002)

Volume 1 General and Old Testament Articles; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1994, $70.

Volume 2 Numbers, Deuteronomy, Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1998, $70.  Review by Won Lee in Review of Biblical Literature

Volume 3 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Tobit, Judith, 1999, $70.

Volume 4 Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, and 1 and 2 Maccabees, 1996. $70.

Volume 5 Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Book of Wisdom, Sirach, 1997, $60.

Volume 6 Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, 2001, $70.

Volume 7 Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel, The Twelve Prophets, 1996, $60.

 

One Volume Commentaries

Dunn, James D. G. and John W. Rogerson, Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2003.  $75.  Reviews by Thomas Römer and James Nogalski in Review of Biblical Literature

Commentaries on Individual Books

Genesis

Wenham, Gordon J. Genesis 1-15. Word Biblical Commentary 1. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987. $29.99;

______.  Genesis 16-50. Word Biblical Commentary 2. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1994. $29.99.

Westermann, Claus. Genesis 1-11. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1984. $52.00.

______.  Genesis 12-36. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985. $52.00.

______.  Genesis 37-50. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1986. $42.00

Rad, Gerhard Von. Genesis. The Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1973. $39.95.

Arnold, Bill T. Genesis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. $85. Review by Jan-Wim Wesselius in Review of Biblical Literature.

Exodus

Dozeman, Thomas B. Exodus. The Eerdmans Critical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. $55. Review by Frank H. Polak and by Wolfgang Oswald in Review of Biblical Literature. Review by William Morrow in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. Review by Ralph W. Klein in Currents in Theology and Mission.

Fretheim, Terence E. Exodus. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003. $29.95.

Childs, Brevard S. The Book of Exodus, a Critical, Theological Commentary. The Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1974. $39.95.

Meyers, Carol.  Exodus.  New Cambridge Bible Commentary.  New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2005.  $21.99.  Review by Christoph Dohmen (in German) in Review of Biblical Literature and by William H. Irwin in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Propp, William H. C. Exodus 1-18. Anchor Bible 2. New York Doubleday, 1999.

______ Exodus 19-40. Anchor Bible 2A. New York: Doubleday, 2006. $49.95.

Hamilton, Victor P. Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011. $54.99. By by Brian D. Russell in Review of Biblical Literature.

Bruckner, James K. Exodus. New International Biblical Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2008. $16.95. Review by Brian D. Russell in Review of Biblical Literature.

Leviticus

Balentine, Samuel E.  Leviticus.  Interpretation.  A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2003.  $24.95.  Review by Stephen K. Sherwood in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Milgrom, Jacob. Leviticus 1-16 The Anchor Bible 3. Garden City: Doubleday, 1991. $55.

______. Leviticus 17-22. The Anchor Bible 3A. Garden City: Doubleday, 2000. $50.  Review by Walter E. Brown in Review of Biblical Literature.

______. Leviticus 23-27. The Anchor Bible 3B. Garden City: Doubleday, 2001. $50.  Reviews by Mary Douglas and Walter E. Brown in Review of Biblical Literature and by Deborah Ellens in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

______.  Leviticus.  A Continental Commentary.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2004.  $30.  Review by William K. Gilders in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Gerstenberger, Erhard S. Leviticus, A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996. $44.95.

Bailey, Lloyd R.  Leviticus-Numbers.  Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary.  Macon, GA:  Smyth & Helwys, 2005.  $65.

 

Numbers

Olson, Dennis T. Numbers. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996, $24.95.  Review by Mayer I. Gruber in Review of Biblical Literature

Knierim, Rolf P. and George W. Coats.  Numbers.  The Forms of Old Testament Literature 4.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2005.  $55.  Reviews by Thomas Roemer and Reinhard Aschenbach in Review of Biblical Literature.

Budd, Philip J. Numbers. Word Biblical Commentary 5. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1984. $29.99.

Levine, Baruch A. Numbers 1-20. Anchor Bible 4. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1993. $42.50.

______. Numbers 21-36. Anchor Bible 4a. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 2000. $45.00.

Milgrom, Jacob. Numbers.  The JPS Torah Commentary.  Philadelphia:  The Jewish Publication Society, 1989.
 

Deuteronomy

Nelson, Richard D.  Deuteronomy:  A Commentary.  Old Testament Library.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2002.  $44.95.  Review (in French) by Jean-Daniel Macchi in Review of Biblical Literature and by Kari Latvus in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Weinfeld, Moshe. Deuteronomy 1-11. Anchor Bible. Garden City: Doubleday, 1991. $45.00

Miller, Patrick D. Deuteronomy. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1990. $29.95.

 

Joshua

Nelson, Richard D. Joshua. Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997. $44.95.  Review by J. Andrew Dearman in Review of Biblical Literature

Rösel, Hartmut N. Joshua. Leuven: Peeters, 2011. 45 euros. Review by Philippe Guillaume in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Butler, Trent C. Joshua. Word Biblical Commentary 7. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1983. $29.99.

Boling, Robert G. and Wright, G. Ernest. Joshua. The Anchor Bible 6. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982. $42.50.

 

 

Judges

Butler, Trent C. Judges. Word Biblical Commentary 8. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009. $49.99.

Frolov, Serge. Judges. FOTL. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. $55. Review by Kenneth Way in Review of Biblical Literature.

Biddle, Mark E. Reading Judges: A Literary and Theological Commentary. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2012. $22. Review by Trent C. Butler in Review of Biblical Literature.

Niditch, Susan. Judges. The Old Testament Library.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2008. $49.95.  Review by Yairah Amit in Review of Biblical Literature.

McCann, J. Clinton.  Judges.  Interpretation.  A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2003.  $24.95.  Review by T. R. Hobbs in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Webb, Barry C. The Book of Judges. NICOT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. $50. Review by Trent C. Butler in Review of Biblical Literature.

Boling, Robert G. Judges. The Anchor Bible 6A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975. $35.00.

Schneider, Tammi.  Judges.  Berit Olam.  Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 2000.  $34.95.  Review by Corinne Lanoir in Review of Biblical Literature

Ruth

Eskenazi, Tamara Cohn and Tikva Frymer-Kensky. Ruth. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2011. $40. Review by Peter H. W. Lau in Review of Biblical Literature.

Nielsen, Kirsten. Ruth, A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997. $24.95.  Review by Timothy M. Willis in Review of Biblical Literature

Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob. Ruth. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999. $24.95.

Hubbard, Robert L.  The Book of Ruth.  New International Commentary on the Old Testament.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 1989. $38.

LaCocque, André.  Ruth.  A Continental Commentary.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2004.  $28.  Review by Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature and by Lissa M. Wray Beal in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Bush, Frederic. Ruth, Esther. Word Biblical Commentary 9. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1996. $29.99.

Campbell, Edward F., Jr.  Ruth.  The Anchor Bible 7.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday.  $32.50.

Fentress-Williams, Judy. Ruth. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 2012. $21.99. Review by Peter H. W. Lau in Review of Biblical Literture.

 

1 Samuel

Klein, Ralph W. 1 Samuel. Word Biblical Commentary 10. Second Edition. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008. $49.99..

Jobling, David.  1 Samuel.  Berit Olam.  Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 1998. $34.95.  Reviews by Serge Frolov and James R. Linville in Review of Biblical Literature

McCarter, P. Kyle. I Samuel. The Anchor Bible 8. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. $40.00.

Campbell, Antony F.  I Samuel.  Forms of Old Testament Literature 7.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2003.  $55.  Reviews by Ralph W. Klein and Mark Wade Hamilton in Review of Biblical Literature.

Alter, Robert.  The David Story:  A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 1999.  $30.07.

Auld, A. Graeme. I & II Samuel. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011. $75. Review by Ralph W. Klein in Currents in Theology and Mission and in Interpretation. Review by Phillip G. Camp in Review of Biblical Literature.

 van Wijk-Bos, Johanna W. H. Reading Samuel: A Literary and Theological Commentary. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2011. $22. Reviews by Klaus-Peter Adam and by Benjamin J. M. Johnson in Review of Biblical Literature.

Tsumura, David Toshio.  The Book of 1 Samuel.  The New International Commentary on the Old Testament.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2007.  $50.  Reviews by Ralph W. Klein and by Phillip Camp in Review of Biblical Literature.

2 Samuel

McCarter, P. Kyle. II Samuel. The Anchor Bible 9. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. $40.00.

Anderson, A. A. 2 Samuel. Word Biblical Commentary 11. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1989. $29.99.

Campbell, Antony, S. J.  2 Samuel.  Forms of Old Testament Literature 8.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2005.  $50.  Reviews by Grame Auld and Jacques Vermeylen in Review of Biblical Literature.

Auld, A. Graeme. I & II Samuel. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011. $75. Review by Ralph W. Klein.

 

1 and 2 Kings

Sweeney, Marvin A.  I & II KIngs.  The Old Testament Library.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2007.  $49.95. Review by Ernst Axel Knauf in Review of Biblical Literature.

Cogan, Mordecai.  1 Kings.  Anchor Bible 10.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday, 2001.  $50.  Review by James Linville in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

Cogan, Mordecai and Tadmor, Hayim. 2 Kings. Anchor Bible. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1988. $20.

Fretheim, Terence E.  First and Second Kings.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, $19.95.

Laffey, Alice L. First and Second Kings. Collegeville: MN: Liturgical Press, 2011. $6.95. Review by Ginny Brewer-Boydston in Review of Biblical Literature.

Long, Burke O.  1 Kings:  With an Introduction to Historical Literature.  Forms of the Old Testament Literature 9.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 1984.  $30.

Long, Burke O.  2 Kings:  With an Introduction to Historical Literature.  Forms of the Old Testament Literature 10.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 1991  $34.

Nelson, Richard. First and Second Kings. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1987. $29.95.

Hens-Piazza, Gina.  1-2 Kings.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2006.  $36.

Fritz, Volkmar.  1 & 2 Kings.  A Continental Commentary.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2003.  $48.  Review by A. Graeme Auld in Review of Biblical Literature; Review by Richard D. Nelson in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

 

1 and 2 Chronicles

Klein, Ralph W.  1 Chronicles.  Hermeneia.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2006.  $55.  Reviews by Steven L. McKenzie in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures,  by Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa in Review of Biblical Literature,  by William J. Urbrock in Currents in Theology and Mission, by Manfred Oeming in ZAW, by John Day in JSOT, by Richard D. Nelson in Trinity Seminary Review, and by Samuel L. Adams in Interpretation..

Klein, Ralph W. 2 Chronicles. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012. Review by Steve J. Schweitzer in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Japhet, Sara. I & II Chronicles. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993. $55.95.

Knoppers, Gary N.  1 Chronicles 1-9.  Anchor Bible 12.  New York:  Doubleday, 2004. $49.95.  Reviews by Joseph Cathey and Thomas Hieke in Review of Biblical Literature

Knoppers, Gary N.  1 Chronicles 10-29.  Anchor Bible 12A.   New York:  Doubleday, 2004. $49.95.  Review by Ralph W. Klein in Review of Biblical Literature

Williamson, H. G. M. 1 and 2 Chronicles. New Century Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982. $21.00.

Dirksen, Peter B.  1 ChroniclesLeuven/Dudley, MA:  Peeters, 2005.  30 Euros.

Braun, Roddy L. 1 Chronicles. Word Biblical Commentary 14. Waco: Word Books, 1986. $29.99.

Dillard, Raymond B. 2 Chronicles. Word Biblical Commentary 15. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987. $29.99.

Jarick, John. 1 Chronicles. Second Edition. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007. $25.00. Review by Ralph W. Klein in Expository Times and by Stephen L. Mckenzie in Review of Biblical Literature.

Jarick, John. 2 Chronicles. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007. $25. Review by Ralph W. Klein in Expository Times and by Louis Jonker in Review of Biblical Literature.
 

Ezra and Nehemiah

Williamson, H. G. M. Ezra, Nehemiah. Word Biblical Commentary 16. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1985. $29.99.

Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Ezra-Nehemiah. Old Testament Library, Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1988. $39.95.

Throntveit, Mark A.  Ezra-Nehemiah.  Interpretation.  A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 1992.  $24.95. 

Esther

Berlin, Adele.  Esther:  The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation.  JPS Bible Commentary.  New York:  Jewish Publication Society, 2001.  $34.95.  Review by Volkmar Premstaller in Review of Biblical Literature.

Day, Linda M.  Esther.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2005.  $24.  Reviews by Andre Lacocque and Harald Wahl (German) in Review of Biblical Literature and by Gerald A. Klingbeil in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Bechtel, Carol M.  Esther.  Interpretation:  A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2002.  $24.95.  Review (in French) by Jean-Daniel Macchi in Review of Biblical Literature

Levenson, Jon D. Esther, A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997. $24.95.  Review by Sidnie White Crawford in Review of Biblical Literature

Bush, Frederic.  See Ruth.

Job

Seow, C. L. Job 1-21: Interpretation and Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 $95. Review by Ralph W. Klein in Currents in Theology and Mission.

Habel, Norman. Job. Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox, 1985. $44.95.

Balentine, Samuel E.  Job.  Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary.  Macon, GA:  Smyth & Helwys, 2006.  $65.  Review by Willem A. M. Beuken in Review of Biblical Literature

Clines, David J. A. Job 1-20. Word Biblical Commentary 17. Waco, TX: Word, 1989. $29.99.

Clines, David J. A.  Job 21-37.  Word Biblical Commentary 18A.  Nashville:  Nelson, 2003.  $39.99.

Clines, David J. A.  Job 38-42.   Word Biblical Commentary 18B.  Nashville: Nelson, 200?.  $39.99.

Janzen, Gerald J. Job. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1986. $29.95.

Crenshaw, James L. Reading Job: A Literary and Theological Commentary. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2011. $22. Reviews by Norman Habel and by Richard G. Smith in Review of Biblical Literature.

Gray, John. The Book of Job. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010. $125. Review by Norman Habel in Review of Biblical Literature.

Whybray, Norman. Job. Readings, a New Biblical Commentary. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2008. $25. Review by F. Rachel Magdalene in Review of Biblical Literature.

Wilson, Gerald H. Job. New International Biblical Commentary.  Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. $16.95.  Review by Katherine Dell in Review of Biblical Literature.

Psalms

Goldingay, John. Psalms, Volume 1: Psalms 1-41. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006. $44.99.  Review by Philippus J. Botha in Review of Biblical Literature.

______. Psalms, Volume 2: Psalms 42-89. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007. $44.99. Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

______. Psalms, Volume 3: Psalms 90-150. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008. $44.99. Review by Leonard Mare in Review of Biblical Literature.


Hossfeld, Frank Lothar and Zenger, Eric.  Psalms 2.  [Psalms 51-100].  Hermeneia Series.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2005.  $65.  Review by Thomas Kraus in Review of Biblical Literature

Hossfeld, Frank Lothar and Zenger, Eric. Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150. Hermeneia Series.  Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011. $69. Reviews by Thomas Kraus and by Leonard P. Maré in Review of Biblical Literature and by Ralph W. Klein in Currents in Theology and Mission.

Gerstenberger, Erhard S. Psalms, Part 1, with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. $17.

______. Psalms, Part 2, and Lamentations. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. $50.

Clifford, Richard J.  Psalms 1-72.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2002.  $28.  Reviews by James L. Crenshaw and Brian D. Russell in Review of Biblical Literature

______.  Psalms 73-150.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2003.  $28.  Review by Beth La Neel Tanner in Review of Biblical Literature

Ross, Allen P. Commentary on the Psalms, Volume 1:1-41. Grand Rapids: Kegel, 2011. $44.99. Review by Leonard Mare in Review of Biblical Literature

Wallace, Howard N. Psalms. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2009. $25. Review by John E. Anderson in Review of Biblical Literature.

Craigie, Peter C. Psalms 1-50. Word Biblical Commentary 19. Waco TX: Word Books, 1983. $29.99.

Tate, Marvin E. Psalms 51-100. Word Biblical Commentary 20. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1990. $29.99.

Allen, Leslie C. Psalms 101-150. Word Biblical Commentary 21. Waco, TX: Word Books, 2002. $39.99.

Kraus, Hans Joachim. Psalms 1-59. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1988. $51.00; Psalms 60-150. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1999. $51.00.

Proverbs

Clifford, Richard. Proverbs. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999. $39.95.

Murphy, Roland E. Proverbs. Word Biblical Commentary 22.  Word Books, 1998. $29.99.

Perdue, Leo G. Proverbs. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000. $29.95

Fox, Michael V. Proverbs 1-9. Anchor Bible 18A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 2000. $42.50.

______. Proverbs 10-31. Anchor Bible 18B. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. $60. Review by Bruce K. Waltke in Review of Biblical Literature.

Waltke, Bruce K.  Proverbs 1-15.  NICOT.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2004.  $50  Review by Eric Ortlund in Review of Biblical Literature and by Michael Carasik in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (both volumes).

______.  Proverbs 15-31.  NICOT.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2005.  $50.

Longman, Tremper III. Proverbs. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006. $39.99.  Reviews by Katharine Dell and Timothy J. Sandoval.

Ecclesiastes

Krüger, Thomas.  Qoheleth.  Hermeneia Commentary Series.   Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2004.  $52.00

Ogden, Graham S. Qoheleth. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007. $25. Review by Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger in Review of Biblical Literature.

Seow, Choon-Leong. Ecclesiastes. Anchor Bible 18C. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1997. $39.95.

Fox, Michael V.  Ecclesiastes:  The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation.  The JPS Bible Commentary.  Philadelphia:  Jewish Publication Society, 2004.  $34.95.  Review by Thomas M. Bolin in Review of Biblical Literature.

Lohfink, Norbert.  Qoheleth.  Continental Commentary Series.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2002.  $23.  Reviews by Christo Lombaard, Daniel Smith-Christopher, and Raymond C. Van Leeuwen in Review of Biblical Literature and by John L. McLaughlin in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Bartholomew, Craig G. Ecclesiastes. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009. $39.99. Review by Richard Schultz in Review of Biblical Literature.

Crenshaw, James L. Ecclesiastes, A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox, 1987. $27.95.

Murphy, Roland E. Ecclesiastes. Word Biblical Commentary 23A. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1992. $29.99.

Brown, William P. Ecclesiastes.   Interpretation.  A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2000.  $24.95.

Song of Solomon

Exum, J. Cheryl.  Song of Songs.  Old Testament Library.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2005.  $39.95.  Reviews by Mark Mcentire, Athalya Brenner, and Christoph Uehlinger in Review of Biblical Literature.

Bergant, Dianne.  The Song of Songs.  Berit Olam.  Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 2001. $29.95.   Reviews by David M. Carr, Francis Landy, and Richard G. Smith in Review of Biblical Literature

Murphy, Roland. The Song of Songs: A Commentary on the Book of Canticles or the Song of Songs. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990. $43.00.

Hess, Richard S.  Song of Songs.  Baker Commentary on the Old Testament.  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2005.  $29.99.  Review by Athalya Brenner in Review of Biblical Literature and by Jennifer Pfenniger in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Keel, Othmar. The Song of Songs. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994. $36.00.

Pope, Marvin H. Song of Songs. The Anchor Bible 7C. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977. $44.95.

Isaiah (the whole book)

Childs, Brevard S. Isaiah. Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000. $59.95.  Reviews by A. Joseph Everson and Marvin A. Sweeney in Review of Biblical Literature

First Isaiah

Williamson, H. G. M. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Isaiah 1-27: Volume I: Commentary on Isaiah 1-5. London: T & T Clark, 2006. $114. Review by Francis Landy in Review of Biblical Literature.

Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Isaiah 1-39. Anchor Bible 19. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 2000. $50.00.  Reviews by Donald C. Polaski and Francis Landy in Review of Biblical Literature.

Seitz, Christopher R. Isaiah 1-39. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993. $29.95.

Sweeney, Marvin A. Isaiah 1-39, with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature. The Forms of the Old Testament Literature 16. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. $45.

Wildberger, Hans. Isaiah 1-12. Continental Commentary Series. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991. $51.

______. Isaiah 13-27. Continental Commentary Series. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1997. $65.  Review by Aaron Park in Review of Biblical Literature

______. Isaiah 28-39.  Continental Commentary Series.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2002.  $75.  Review by John Engle in Review of Biblical Literature.

 

Second and Third Isaiah

Blenkinsopp, Joseph.  Isaiah 40-55.  Anchor Bible 19a.  New York:  Doubleday, 2000.  Reviews by Francis Landy and Thomas L. Leclerc in Review of Biblical Literature

Blenkinsopp, Joseph.  Isaiah 56-66.  Anchor Bible 19B.  New York:  Doubleday, 2003  Reviews by Charles Carter and Brooks Schramm in Review of Biblical Literature.

Paul, Shalom M. Isaiah 40-66 Translation and Commentary. By Shalom M. Paul. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. $68. Review by Ralph W. Klein in Currents in Theology and Mission and by Roy E. Gane in Review of Biblical Literature

Goldingay, John and David Payne. Isaiah 40-55: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary. London: T & T Clark, 2006. $200. Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer and by Chris Franke in Review of Biblical Literature.

Baltzer, Klaus.  Deutero-Isaiah.  Hermeneia.  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2001.  $78.  Reviews by Aaron W. Park in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Benjamin D. Sommer and Reinhard Kratz in Review of Biblical Literature, and response to these two reviews by Baltzer in Review of Biblical Literature.

Goldingay, John.  The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-Theological Commentary.  London:  Clark, 2005.  $89.95. Review by Francis Landy in Review of Biblical Literature.

Hanson, Paul D. Isaiah 40-66. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995. $29.95.

Westermann, Claus. Isaiah 40-66. The Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1969. $34.95.

Jeremiah

Allen, Leslie C. Jeremiah: A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Westminster: John Knox, 2008. $59.95. Reviewed by Hetty Lalleman in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

Lundbom, Jack R. Jeremiah 1-20. Anchor Bible 21A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1999. $49.00.

______.  Jeremiah 21-36.  Anchor Bible 21B.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday, 2004.  $45.00.  Review by Carolyn J. Sharp in Review of Biblical Literature

______.  Jeremiah 37-52.  Anchor Bible 21C.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday, 2004.  $45.00.  Review by John Engle in Review of Biblical Literature

Stulman, Louis.  Jeremiah.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2005.  $39.  Reviews by Else Holt and Carolyn Sharp in Review of Biblical Literature and by Bob Becking in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Thompson, J. A. The Book of Jeremiah. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980. $56.00.

Holladay, William L. Jeremiah 1. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986. $53.00. (covers Jeremiah 1-25)

______. Jeremiah 2. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1989. $53.00 (covers Jeremiah 26-52; introductory matters).

McKane, William. Jeremiah 1. International Critical Commentary. T & T Clark, 1986. $69.95. (covers Jeremiah 1-25)

______. Jeremiah 2. International Critical Commentary. T & T Clark, 1996. $69.95 (covers Jeremiah 26-52)

 

Lamentations

Salters, R. B. Lamentations: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary. New York: T & T Clark, 2011. $100. Review by Eleuterio Ruiz in Review of Biblical Literature.

Berlin, Adele.  Lamentations.  Old Testament Library.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2002, $39.95.  Review by Mark Mcentire in Review of Biblical Literature

Bergant, Dianne.  Lamentations.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2003.  $20.

Allen, Leslie C. A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011. $21.99. Review by Elizabeth Boase in Review of Biblical Literature.

Dobbs-Allsopp, F. W.  Lamentations.  Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2002.  $24.95.

Hillers, Delbert R. Lamentations. Anchor Bible 7A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972. $28.00.

Ezekiel

Odell, Margaret S.  Ezekiel.  Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary.  Macon, GA:  Smyth & Helwys, 2005.  $60.  Review by Johan Lust in Review of Biblical Literature.

Joyce, Paul. Ezekiel: A Commentary. New York: T & T Clark, 2007. 70 English pounds. $140. Review by Marvin A. Sweeney in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and by Corrine Carvalho and Steven S. Tuell in Review of Biblical Literature.

Block, Daniel I. The Book of Ezekiel. Chapters 1-24. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. $55.

______. The Book of Ezekiel. Chapters 25-48. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. $55.

Zimmerli, Walther. Ezekiel 1, A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 1-24. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979. $51.00.

______. Ezekiel 2, A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 25-48. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983. $52.00.

Greenberg, Moshe. Ezekiel, 1-20. Anchor Bible 22. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1983. $29.00.

______Ezekiel, 21-37. Anchor Bible 22A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1997. $39.95.

Milgrom, Jacob and Daniel I. Block. Ezekiel 38-48. Eugene: Cascade, $37.00. Review by Steven S. Tuell in Review of Biblical Literature. This volume completes Greenberg's Commentary after his death.

Tuell, Steven. Ezekiel. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95. Review by D. Nathan Phinney in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Allen, Leslie C. Ezekiel 1-19. Word Biblical Commentary 28. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1994. $29.99;     

______. Ezekiel 20-48. Word Biblical Commentary 29. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1990. $29.99.

Daniel

Collins, John J. Daniel. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.  $50.00.

Goldingay, John E.  Word Biblical Commentary 30.  Dallas:  Word Books, 1989.  $34.99.

Towner, W. Sibley. Daniel. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1985. $24.95.

Gowan, Donald E. Daniel. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003. $22. Review by David Valeta in Review of Biblical Literature.

Steinmann, Andrew. Daniel. St. Louis: Concordia, 2008. $42.99.  Review by Ian Young in Review of Biblical Literature

 

Hosea

Dearman, J. Andrew. The Book of Hosea. NICOT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. $45. Review by Ralph W. Klein. Review in German by Heinz-Deter Neef in Review of Biblical Literature. Review by Anna E. Sieges in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Macintosh, A. A.  A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Hosea.  ICC.  T. & T. Clark, 1997. $110.

Ben Zvi, Ehud.  Hosea.  FOTL 31A, 1.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2005.  $55.  Review by Laurie Braaten in Review of Biblical Literature. 

Davies, G. I. Hosea: The New Century Bible Commentary. Grands Rapids, Eerdmans, 1992. $21.00). (paper)

Mays, James Luther. Hosea. The Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1969. $29.95.

Wolff, Hans Walter. Hosea. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, $48.00.

Simundson, Daniel J.  Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2005.  $39.  Review by Joseph Cathey in Review of Biblical Literature and by Paul Evans in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Limburg, James. Hosea-Micah. Interpretation A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1988. $24.95.

Joel

Barton, John.  Joel and Obadiah.  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2001.  $39.95.  Reviews by Stephen L. Cook and Aaron Schart in Review of Biblical Literature

Crenshaw, James L. Joel. Anchor Bible 24C. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1995. $34.95.

Simundson, Daniel J.  See under Hosea

Limburg, James. See under Hosea

Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, $40.00.

Amos

Paul, Shalom. Amos. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991. $53.00.

Jeremias, Jörg. The Book of Amos. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1998. $29.95.  Review by James Linville in Review of Biblical Literature

Simundson, Daniel J.  See under Hosea

Limburg, James. See under Hosea.

Obadiah

Barton, John.  See under Joel.

Raabe, Paul R. Obadiah. Anchor Bible 24D. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1996. $34.95.  Review by Ehud ben Zvi in Review of Biblical Literature

Wolff, Hans Walter. Obadiah and Jonah. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1986. $38.00

Jenson, Philip Peter. Obadiah, Jonah, Micah: A Theological Commentary. New York: T&T Clark, 2008. $140. Reviews by Daniel L. Smith-Christopher and Michael D. Matlock in Review of Biblical Literature.

Simundson, Daniel J.  See under Hosea

Limburg, James. See under Hosea

Allen, Leslie C. See under Joel.

Jonah

Limburg, James. Jonah, A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993. $27.95.

Sasson, Jack M. Jonah. Anchor Bible 24B. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1990. $32.50.

Wolff, Hans Walter. See under Obadiah

Jenson, Philip Peter. See under Obadiah

Allen, Leslie C. See under Joel.

Simundson, Daniel J.  See under Hosea

Limburg, James.  See under Hosea

Micah

Hillers, Delbert R. Micah. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984. $33.00.

Zvi, Ehud Ben.  Micah  Forms of Old Testament Literature 21B.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2000. $35.  Review by Jan A. Wagenaar in Review of Biblical Literature.

Andersen, Francis I. and David Noel Freedman.  Micah.  Anchor Bible 24E.  New York:  Doubleday, 2000.  $42.50. Review by Jan A. Wagenaar in Review of Biblical Literature

Jenson, Philip Peter. See under Obadiah

Simundson, Daniel J.  See under Hosea

Limburg, James. See under Hosea

Allen, Leslie C. See under Joel.

Nahum

Roberts, J. J. M. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991. $34.95.

O'Brien, Julia Myers.  Nahum.  Readings:  A New Biblical Commentary.  Sheffield:  Academic Press, 2992.  $24.95.  Review by John L. McLaughlin in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Obrien, Julia M.  Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.  Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 2004.  $28.  Review by Bob Becking in Review of Biblical Literature.

Christensen, Duane L. Nahum. Anchor Bible. New Haven: Yale, 2009. $65. Review by Klaas Spronk in Review of Biblical Literature.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. Nahum--Malachi. Interpretation. A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1986. $29.95.

Perlitt, Lothar.  Die Propheten Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephanja.  Das Alte Testament Deutsch.  Göttingen:  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004.  Euro 26,90.  Review by Anselm Hagedorn in Review of Biblical Literature.

Verhoef, Pieter A. The Books of Haggai and Malachi. New International Commentary on the Old Testament.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987. $40

Goldingay, J. and P. Scalise. Minor Prophts II (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95 Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature.

Habakkuk

Roberts, J. J. M. See under Nahum.

Obrien, Julia M.  See under Nahum.

Andersen, Francis I.  Habakkuk.  Anchor Bible 25.  New York:  Doubleday, 2001.  $45.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. See under Nahum.

Goldingay, J. and P. Scalise. Minor Prophts II (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95 Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature.

Zephaniah

Sweeney, Marvin A.  Zephaniah.  A Commentary.  Hermeneia  Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2003.  $47.  Review by Mark Wade Hamilton in Review of Biblical Literature and by John D. W. Watts in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

Berlin, Adele. Zephaniah. Anchor Bible 25A. New York: Doubleday, 1994. $29.00.  Review by Mark Mcentire in Review of Biblical Literature

Roberts, J. J. M. See under Nahum.

Obrien, Julia M.  See under Nahum.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. See under Nahum.

Goldingay, J. and P. Scalise. Minor Prophts II (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95 Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature.

Haggai and Zechariah 1-8

Petersen, David L. Haggai and Zechariah 1-8. The Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1984. $34.95.

Meyers, Carol L. and Eric M. Meyers. Haggai, Zechariah 1-8. The Anchor Bible 25B. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1987. $40.00.

Redditt, Paul L. Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. New Century Bible.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995. $16.00. (Paper).  Review by Michael H. Floyd in Review of Biblical Literature.

Obrien, Julia M.  See under Nahum.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. See under Nahum.

Goldingay, J. and P. Scalise. Minor Prophts II (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95 Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature.

Zechariah 9-14

Meyers, Carol L. and Eric M. Meyers. Zechariah 9-14. The Anchor Bible 25C. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1993. $40.

Petersen, David L. Zechariah 9-14, Malachi. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995. $34.95.
 
Redditt, Paul L. Zechariah 9-14. International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2012. 54 euros. Reviews by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer and by Ralph Hawkins in Review of Biblical Literature.

Obrien, Julia M.  See under Nahum.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. See under Nahum.

Goldingay, J. and P. Scalise. Minor Prophts II (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95 Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature.

Malachi

Hill, Andrew. Malachi. Anchor Bible 25D. Garden City, Doubleday, 1998. $37.95.  Review by Raymond F. Person in Review of Biblical Literature.

Petersen, David L. See under Zechariah 9-14.

Redditt, Paul L. See under Haggai.

Obrien, Julia M.  See under Nahum.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. See under Nahum.

Verhoef, Pieter A. See under Haggai.

Goldingay, J. and P. Scalise. Minor Prophts II (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009. $16.95 Review by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. in Review of Biblical Literature.

One Volume Commentaries

By far the best:

Brown, Raymond E., S. S., Fitzmyer, Joseph A., S. J., Murphy, Roland E., O. Carm. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 1990. $

Also useful:

Mays, James L. ed. Harper's Bible Commentary. $32.50.

Of special interest because of its perspective:

Newsom, Carol A. and Sharon H. Ringe, eds. The Women's Bible Commentary. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992. $30; Paper $21.

 

1 Enoch

Nickelsburg, George W. E.  The Book of Enoch, Chapters 1-36; 81-108.  Hermeneia Commentary Series.  Minneapolis:  Fortress.  $58.  Reviews by Gerbern S. OegemaLoren T. Stuckenbruck, and Patrick Tiller  in Review of Biblical Literature

 

© 2006 Ralph W. Klein

 

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