Commentaries on Genesis

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Genesis. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Genesis 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 Genesis



Genesis 1-17 and 18-50 (NICOT) by Victor P. Hamilton


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, interprets “the text in a positive way as well as handling the difficult questions of the book”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Genesis, “Hamilton writes from a generally conservative evangelical perspective”

Audience:

– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
– Scholars/professors doing research
– Scholars/professors teaching advance courses



Genesis 1-15 and 16-50 (WBC) by Gordon J. Wenham


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Genesis (tied)

Tremper Longman: “one of the finest evangelical commentators today…shows his high level of scholarship and his exegetical sensitivity”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Genesis, “Wenham writes from a generally conservative evangelical viewpoint. His exegesis is careful and detailed and always worth consulting.”

Audience:

– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
– Scholars/professors doing research
– Scholars/professors teaching advance courses



Genesis 1-11:26 and 11:27-50:26 (NAC) by Kenneth A. Matthews


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: scored 4.5 out of 5 stars, “an excellent study of the primeval history with an emphasis on the text as literature and theology”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Genesis, “another outstanding contribution” from the NAC series

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (NIVAC) by John H. Walton


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “stimulating and well written”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Genesis, “does not get into as many technical issues, but it excels in terms of bridging the gap between the original audience and the contemporary world”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Creation and Blessing by Allen P. Ross


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “a running exposition with an emphasis on theology…often insightful nd helpful”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Genesis, “an invaluable resource for expositors,” “if you are a pastor, you should not be without this book”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (TOTC) by Derek Kidner


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “an excellent commentary…written from a solidly conservative standpoint”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis by Bruce K. Waltke


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out 5 stars, “exegetically insightful and theologically rich”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (TH) by James McKeown


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, “interesting and competent”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis ~ Leviticus (EBC) by John Sailhamer


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Genesis (tied)

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (UBCS) by John Hartley


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “offers a clear and straightforward analysis of the book of Genesis”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (Interpretation) by Walter Brueggemann


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “concentrates on the final form of the text and focuses principally on the theology of the book”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (JPS) by Nahum M. Sarna


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “studies the text in a verse-by-verse, virtually word-by-word manner”

Audience:

– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
– Scholars/professors doing research
– Scholars/professors teaching advance courses



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Genesis (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis (The Story of God) by Tremper Longman


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Genesis 1-11 by David Atkinson


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Genesis 12-50 by Joyce Baldwin


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Genesis by Alan Ross (Cornerstone)


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Technical, Exegetical, Critical Commentaries for Research



Genesis (OTL) by Gerhard Von Rad


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis by E.A. Speiser (Anchor)


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Historical and Cultural Bible Background Aids



Genesis (ZBBC) by John H. Walton


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Classics Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis by James Montgomery Boice


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis by J. Vernon McGee


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Genesis by John Calvin (Crossway Classics)


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Audience:

– Any Christian seeking devotional aides
– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help