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To Search for Bible Commentaries:

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Bible [book of Bible] commentaries

For example- to find commentaries on the book of Genesis, use the “basic search” mode and

  1. Enter “Bible genesis commentaries” in the search field
  2. Select "Subject" from the dropdown menu (to the left of the search field)
  3. Click on the search button.

Other examples of search for Bible commentaries are:
• Bible malachi commentaries
• Bible ruth commentaries
• Bible luke commentaries
• Bible ephesians commentaries

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To search for a commentary in a particular series, use the "Advanced Search" mode. Enter the name of the book of the Bible in one field (searching as "title"), and the name of the series in a second field (searching as "series").

Resources for Finding and Evaluating Biblical Commentaries

 The box on the right provides links to several major commentaries on each book of the Bible. Remember that biblical commentaries vary widely, with different interpretative points of view, and varied emphases. Some focus more closely on theological interpretation; some have a greater interest in historical or literary issues; others have a greater focus on devotional or homiletical (preaching) matters. Some are geared toward scholars with skill in using original languages.
For helpful commentary recommendations and evaluations, consult:
Tremper Longman, Old Testament Commentary Survey, 5th ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).
ThRef Z7772 .A1 L64 2013
D. A. Carson, New Testament Commentary Survey, 6th ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007)
ThRef BS2341.2 .C33 2007

John Glynn, Commentary & Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources, 10th ed. (Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2007).

ThRef Z7770 .G59 2007 


Commentary Reviews: For online reviews of commentaries, search  Reviews of Biblical Literature (RBL), a database maintained by the Society of Biblical Literature. (Note that the majority of reviews in this database have been published since 1994.) Another convenient source of reviews of biblical commentaries is the ATLA Religion Database.

Commentary Series

A list of the major commentary series (series shelved together as sets have LC numbers):
Abingdon New Testament Commentary
Anchor Bible (Doubleday). BS 192.2 .A1; ThRef BS 192.2 .A1
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: New Testament (IVP)
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament (IVP)
Apollos Old Testament Commentary (IVP)
Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Baker Commentary on the Old Testament
Berit Olam (Michael Glazier)
Black's New Testament Commentary
Calvin's Commentaries (22 vols.) (Baker reprint) ThRef BS 491.2 .C25 1979
Expositor's Bible Commentary (Zondervan)
Harper New Testament Commentaries
Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary (Fortress)
Interpretation (John Knox)
International Critical Commentary (T&T Clark) BS491 .I6; ThRef BS491 .I6
JPS Torah Commentary (Jewish Publication Society)
New American Commentary (Broadman & Holman)
New Century Bible Commentary (Sheffield; Eerdmans)
New International Biblical Commentary (Hendrickson/Paternoster)
Old Testament Library (Westminster John Knox)
Sacra Pagina (Liturgical Press)
Word Biblical Commentary (Word) BS491.2 .W67; ThRef BS491.2 .W67