Recommended New Testament Commentaries for Evangelical Pastors

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02.03.2023

It is best to have several commentaries on each book of the Bible. Rather than purchasing sets of commentaries, I’d generally recommend the best volumes on each book.

Some of the commentaries listed below are excellent in some respects, but argue for critical views that are unpersuasive. Commentaries with an asterisk (*) require a knowledge of the Greek text.

For those who want help with Greek syntax and such, see the series Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament published by Broadman & Holman and the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament published by Baylor University Press.

Finally, this list is arbitrary in the sense that it is personal, and I recommend what I think are the best commentaries for pastors to consult.

MATTHEW

MARK

LUKE

JOHN

ACTS

ROMANS

1 CORINTHIANS

2 CORINTHIANS

GALATIANS

EPHESIANS

PHILIPPIANS

COLOSSIANS & PHILEMON

1 & 2 THESSELONIANS

PASTORAL EPISTLES

HEBREWS

JAMES

1 PETER

2 PETER/JUDE

JOHANNINE EPISTLES

REVELATION

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KEY

AB=Anchor Bible;

BECNT=Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament;

BNTC=Black’s New Testament Commentary;

CC=Concordia Commentary;

CSC=Christian Standard Commentary;

EBC=Expositor’s Bible Commentary;

EBTC=Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary;

EEC=Evangelical Exegetical Commentary;

EGGNT=Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament;

ESVEC: English Standard Version Expository Commentary;

Harper=HNTC;

HERM=Hermeneia;

Int=Interpretation;

ICC=International Critical Commentary;

ITC=International Theological Commentary;

NAC=New American Commentary;

NCB=New Century Bible;

NCCS=New Covenant Commentary Series;

NIBC=New International Biblical Commentary;

NICNT=New International Commentary on the New Testament;

NIGTC=New International Greek Testament Commentary;

NIVAC=New International Version Application Commentary;

NTC=New Testament Commentary;

NTL=New Testament Library;

PNTC=Pillar New Testament Commentary;

SOGBC; Story of God Bible Commentary;

SP=Sacra Pagina;

THNTC=Two Horizons New Testament Commentary;

TNTC=Tyndale New Testament Commentaries;

TTC=Teach the Text;

WBC=Word Biblical Commentary;

ZEC=Zondervan Exegetical Commentary

By:
Thomas R. Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner is a Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Pastor of Preaching at Clifton Baptist Church. You can find him on Twitter at @DrTomSchreiner.

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