Commentaries on 2 Peter

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of 2 Peter. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 Peter that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on 2 Peter



Jude-2 Peter (WBC) by Richard Bauckham


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “by far the best work on 2 Peter and Jude”

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Timothy

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical but enormously useful commentary – the best on 2 Peter and Jude”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Many rank Bauckham’s work as the best commentary on these two biblical books. Unfortunately (and without sufficient reason) Bauckham concludes that Peter was not the author of 2 Peter.”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”



Jude and 2 Peter (BECNT) by Gene L. Green


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “especially strong on the Hellenistic context in which it was written”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “an interpretation of the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “If you are able to have only one commentary on 2 Peter and Jude, this recent commentary by Gene Green should be at the top of your wish list.”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.”



The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude (PNTC) by Peter H. Davids


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter and Jude, “perhaps a first choice for pastors…accessible to the well-trained pastor”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “exposition of the English text”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Until the publication of Gene Green’s commentary, this volume by Peter Davids was the best commentary on these two neglected books.”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Designed for serious pastors and teachers of the Bible, the Pillar commentaries seek above all to make clear the text of Scripture as we have it…[the authors’] ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.”



2 Peter, Jude (NIVAC) by Douglas J. Moo


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “solid exegesis and theology, with application for today”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Peter, “Moo is an outstanding New Testament scholar. This work should prove especially helpful to pastors.”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.”



1, 2 Peter, Jude (NAC) by Thomas Schreiner


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on 2 Peter

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Peter, “nicely displays Schreiner’s combination of exegesis and theological reflection couched in admirable clarity”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, “Thomas Schreiner’s work is always worth consulting. He has written some very good works on New Testament theology,and his strengths in this area shine through in this commentary. Very helpful.”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”



2 Peter and Jude (TNTC) by Michael Green


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a good commentary for the busy pastor”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.”



The Epistles of Peter and of Jude (BNTC) by J.N.D. Kelly


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a very helpful and clear exposition”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Black’s New Testament Commentary has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



1–2 Peter and Jude (Preaching the Word) by David R. Helm


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible. Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.”



1-2 Peter (SAEC) by R.C. Sproul


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From Dr. Sproul: The St. Andrews Expositional Commentary series “is a written record of my preaching labors amidst my beloved Sanford congregation. The dear saints who sit under my preaching encouraged me to give my sermons a broader hearing. To that end, the chapters that follow were adapted from a sermon series I preached at St. Andrews.”



James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude (Teach the Text) by Jim Samra


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Message of 2 Peter and Jude (BST) by Dick Lucas and Christopher Green


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.”



1 and 2 Peter and Jude (FB) by Paul Gardner


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.”



1 and 2 Peter and Jude (Belief) by Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Building on a wide range of sources from biblical studies, the history of theology, the church’s liturgical and musical traditions, contemporary culture, and the Christian tradition, noted scholars focus less on traditional historical and literary angles in favor of a theologically focused commentary that considers the contemporary relevance of the texts. This series is an invaluable resource for those who want to probe beyond the backgrounds and words of biblical texts to their deep theological and ethical meanings for the church today.”



2 Peter and Jude (THNTC) by Ruth Anne Reese


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the New Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THNTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture.”



1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude (WBC) by David A. Case and David H. Holdren


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “An excellent resource for personal study, and especially helpful for those involved in the teaching ministries of the church, the Wesleyan Bible Study Commentary series will encourage and promote life change in believers by applying God’s authoritative truth in relevant, practical ways. Written in an easy-to-follow format, you will enjoy studying Scripture insights that are faithful to the Wesleyan-Armenian perspective.”



2 Peter (BTCB) by Douglas Harink


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “Pastors and leaders of the classical church—such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley—interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ…The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret Scripture for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other Orthodox Christians did for their times and places. The commentaries are designed to serve the church—through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.”



2 Peter (CC) by Curtis Giese


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



2 Peter and Jude (MNTCS) by John MacArthur


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse—sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.”



1 and 2 Peter (Geneva) by Alexander Nisbet


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “Alexander Nisbet’s commentary on 1 & 2 Peter provides an outstanding practical treatment of his epistles. This Geneva Series of Commentaries is ideal aid for preachers, teachers, group leaders and all students or readers of the Bible. Perhaps of all the apostles, most Christians find themselves most readily drawn to Simon Peter.”



2 Peter by John Calvin


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The power of John Calvin’s verse-by-verse study of Hebrews and the First and Second Epistles of Peter is masterfully captured in this translation by William B. Johnston. Precise and authoritative, yet lucid and very readable…”



Second Peter by J. Vernon McGee


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”