Commentaries on Esther

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



Esther (TOTC) by Joyce G. Baldwin


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Esther

Tremper Longman: scored 5 out of 5 stars, “combines a keen literary and theological sense with a firm and intelligent opinion concerning the book’s historicity”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Esther, “Joyce Baldwin was among the most consistent commentators of the previous generation…Clear, concise, and to the point — always an asset in commentaries.”

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Esther (NIVAC) by Karen H. Jobes


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “without a doubt this is the best commentary to buy on Esther”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Esther, “Karen Jobes has written the most engaging, interesting, and helpful commentary on the book of Esther presently available.”

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Ruth-Esther (WBC) by Frederic Bush


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “very competent…gives a thorough discussion of all the technical issues”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Esther, “will be of benefit to seminary students and others doing in-depth study of the text”

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Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (NAC) by Mervin Breneman


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “a competent and readable commentary”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Esther, “for those seeking helpful summaries of the more technical work”

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Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (DSBS) by J.G. McConville


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “excellent at both revealing the books’ meaning in their Old Testament context and explaining their relevance for today”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Ezra

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Esther and Ruth (REC) by Iain M. Duguid


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Esther, “careful and clear…a very helpful focus on contemporary application”

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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Esther (TOTC) by Debra Reid


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, “smart, to-the-point interpretation of the book that does not lead astray”

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Esther (OTL) by Jon D. Levenson


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “readable and often-interesting interpretation of Esther”

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Esther (JPS) by Adele Berlin


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “Berlin is one of the best commentary writers around”

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Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther (NCBC) by D.J. Clines


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “carefully and thoroughly researched…scholarly and clear”

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Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (REBC) by E.M. Yamauchi


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “one cannot find a better historically oriented commentary than this one”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (For Everyone) by John Goldingay


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Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (TPC) by Mark D. Roberts


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Esther (Interpretation) by Carol M. Bechtel


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Esther (Teach the Text) by Andrew J. Schumtzer


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Esther (EEC) by Anthony Tomasino


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Esther (AOTC) by Linda Day


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Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (UBCS) by Leslie C. Allen and Timothy S. Laniak


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Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (CBC) by Gary V. Smith


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The Message of Esther (BST) by David G. Firth


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Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (HOTC) by Knute Larson and Kathy Daltlen


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Inconspicuous Providence: The Gospel According to Esther (GAOT) by Bryan R. Gregory


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Esther and Daniel (BTCB) by George Sumner


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Technical and Critical Commentaries



Esther (Anchor) by Carey A. Moore


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Social, Historical, and Cultural Background Commentaries



Esther (ZBBC) by Anthony Tomasino


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 Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Thru the Bible) by J. Vernon McGee


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Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther by H.A. Ironside


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