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Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to Moses, who likely wrote it during in the wilderness wanderings. The book tells of events from creation to the death of Joseph in Egypt. Its purpose is to record the beginnings of the human race and the Hebrew nation. It also tells of humanity’s initial rebellion against God and the beginnings of His plan of redemption through Israel. The theme of the book is the sovereignty of God over His creation (Gen. 50:20). Commentaries on Genesis often address creation, the fall, the flood, and the first patriarchs of the Hebrew nation.


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

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


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

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


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

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


4. Genesis (NIVAC) by John H. Walton

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


5. Genesis (TOTC) by Derek Kidner

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


6. The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris

Audience:

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


7. Creation and Blessing by Allen P. Ross

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


8. Genesis by Bruce K. Waltke

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


9. Genesis (TH) by James McKeown

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


10. Genesis ~ Leviticus (EBC) by John Sailhamer

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


11. Genesis by James Montgomery Boice

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801066492/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0801066492&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=259a7be19c64a10570ce5eae230912fe

Audience:

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


12. Genesis (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

Audience:

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


13. Genesis (The Story of God) by Tremper Longman

Audience:

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


14. Genesis (JPS) by Nahum M. Sarna

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0827603266/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0827603266&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=4e0f13c435ae4aacd9e6fce1ddf01f3e

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


15. Genesis (OTL) by Gerhard Von Rad

Audience:

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


16. Genesis (Interpretation) by Walter Brueggemann

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


17. Genesis (UBCS) by John Hartley

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


18. Genesis (ZBBC) by John H. Walton

Audience:

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


Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to Moses, who like wrote it during in the wilderness wanderings. Its purpose is to recite the origin of the nation of Israel, which resulted from the exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. The theme of the book is the salvation of God. Commentaries on Exodus often address the nation’s departure from Egypt, the giving of the Law, and God’s instructions regarding worship and the Tabernacle.

1. Exodus (NIVAC) by Peter Enns

Accolades:

– Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Exodus
– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “incredibly insightful theological study of the book…ideal for those preaching on Exodus”

Audience:

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


2. The Message of Exodus (BST) by J.A. Motyer

Accolades:

– Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Exodus, “On almost every page, the reader finds helpful insights into the meaning of the second book of Moses. Very highly recommended.”

Audience:

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


3. Exodus (NAC) by Douglas K. Stuart

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805401024/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0805401024&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=50ceb0c3e0976f435813372698c3b3fc

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: “a well-written exposition of the book from an evangelical perspective”
– Keith Mathison: ranked #1 commentary on Exodus, “Stuart’s comments on the biblical text are clear and readable. The more technical issues are relegated to the footnotes. This is now the first commentary on Exodus to which I turn.”

Audience:

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


4. The Book of Exodus (OTL) by Brevard S. Childs

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “one of the best commentaries on Exodus…valaubale to evangelical ministers”
– Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Exodus, “Because of the author’s critical stance and the book’s technical nature, I can only recommend this commentary to discerning pastors and teachers.”

Audience:

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


5. Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary by Victor P. Hamilton

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “a good treatment of the text’s meaning without much theological or canonical reflection”

Audience:

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


6. Exodus (Preaching the Word) by Philip Graham Ryken

Accolades:

– Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Exodus, “His massive expository commentary is a goldmine for preachers. It is theologically deep and refreshingly practical, all the while remaining very readable.”

Audience:

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


7. Exodus (WBC) by John I. Durham

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0849902029/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0849902029&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=700c5b2cadd48a85a0ccddb56428da71

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “the strength of this commentary is its focus on the theology of the text”

Audience:

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


8. Exodus (College Press) by Randall C. Bailey

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0899008771/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0899008771&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=275184eec91d3ac00f631fa77e9ed77a

Audience:

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


9. Exodus (Mentor) by John L. Mackay

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1857926145/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1857926145&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=cd9fd3a89474f7483f43e9dd2ccade07

Accolades:

– Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Exodus, “[Mackay’s] work should be consulted by every serious student of Exodus.”

Audience:

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


10. Exodus (NCBC) by Carol Meyers

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “insightful in terms of the original meaning of the text…very winsomely written”

Audience:

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


11. Exodus (For You) by Tim Chester

Audience:

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


12. Exodus (Interpretation) by Terence E. Fretheim

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “very readable…stimulating in discussing the theological message 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


13. Exodus (UBCS) by James K. Bruckner

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, “intelligent, nuanced, relatively brief treatment of the book”

Audience:

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


14. Exodus (TOTC) by R. Alan Cole

Audience:

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


15. Exodus (Teach the Text) by T. Desmond Alexander

Audience:

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


16. Exodus (AOTC) by T. Desmond Alexander

Audience:

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


17. A Commentary on Exodus (KEL) by Duane Garrett

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0825425514/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0825425514&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=2a74ea2db13715ae806cc1b4abac2646

Audience:

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


18. Genesis, Exodus (CBC) by John N. Oswalt

Audience:

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


19. Exalting Jesus in Exodus (CCEC) by Tony Merida

Audience:

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


Leviticus is the third book of the Old Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to Moses, who like wrote it during in the wilderness wanderings. The setting covers the establishment up of the Tabernacle to the departure from Sinai. The theme of Leviticus is the holiness of God. Commentaries on Leviticus often address the sacrifices that God requires from His people and the separation God requires of His people from the rest of the world.

1. The Book of Leviticus (NICOT) by Gordon J. Wenham

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “a fascinating and extremely helpful discussion…a well-written commentary”
– Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Leviticus, “This commentary is not only the best commentary on the book of Leviticus, it is one of the best commentaries on any book of the Bible that I have read.”

Audience:

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


2. Leviticus, Numbers (NIVAC) by Roy Gane

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “Gane is an expert in ancient Israelite ritual,” and “adept at pointing to the continuing theological relevance of this material”

Audience:

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


3. Leviticus (WBC) by John E. Hartley

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0849902037/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0849902037&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=c8905c6e0312e3b187d8f04afa3072b2

Accolades:

– Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Leviticus
– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “substantial in quality as well as in quantity”
– Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Leviticus, “If you can afford more than one commentary on Leviticus, Hartley’s commentary in the WBC series is a good choice.”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking application help
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
– Scholars/professors doing research
– Scholars/professors teaching advance courses


4. Leviticus (Continental) by Jacob Milgrom

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “Milgrom is clearly the world’s leading expert on Leviticus”
– Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Leviticus, “Milgrom approaches Leviticus from an unnecessarily critical stance. This means this commentary must be used with great care and discernment.”

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
– Scholars/professors doing research
– Scholars/professors teaching advance courses


5. Leviticus (NAC) by Mark F. Rooker

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805401032/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0805401032&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=f60e8db74affa5a7cb1d2990e698b701

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “[Rooker] has an eye on making the book relevant for the Christian reader”
– Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Leviticus, “Rooker’s work…is both exegetically thorough and well written.”

Audience:

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


6. Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus by Allen P. Ross

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801022851/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0801022851&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=f3e485e4b376ee23013b1ca278a6cb23

Audience:

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


7. Leviticus and Numbers (Teach the Text) by Joe M. Sprinkle

Audience:

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


8. Leviticus (Preaching the Word) by Kenneth A. Mathews

Audience:

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


9. Leviticus (JPS) by Baruch A. Levine

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0827603282/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0827603282&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=b6031a6ea4d6cfaf9054a0c857fd7411

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “writes with the educated layperson in mind…theologically sensitive”
– Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Leviticus, “For those doing in-depth work, it should be consulted. This commentary should be used with great care and discernment.”

Audience:

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


10. Genesis-Leviticus (REBC) by R. Hess

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “one of the best, most succinct treatments of Leviticus”

Audience:

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


11. Exalting Jesus in Leviticus (CCEC) by Allan Moseley

Audience:

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


12. Leviticus (AOTC) by Nobuyoshi Kiuchi

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830825037/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0830825037&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=1460cc671e224041e9478d3387d79f1d

Accolades:

– Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “Kiuchi is an expert on Levitical ritual…highly recommended”

Audience:

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


13. Leviticus (TOTC) by Jay Sklar

Audience:

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


14. Leviticus (Interpretation) by Samuel E. Balentine

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804231036/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0804231036&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=f41b16f6117c934f98b4ddb04bcbcb96

Audience:

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


15. Leviticus (OTL) by Erhard S. Gerstenberger

Audience:

– Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
– Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
– Scholars/professors doing research
– Scholars/professors teaching advance courses


16. Leviticus (TPC) by Gary W. Demarest

Audience:

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


17. Leviticus (Mentor) by Robert I. Vasholz

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/184550044X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=184550044X&linkCode=as2&tag=bestbible0d-20&linkId=bf533388b66fc960c58c91290f7c2534

Audience:

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


18. Leviticus, Numbers (UBCS) by W.H. Bellinger, Jr.

Audience:

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