Commentaries on James

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



The Letter of James (PNTC) by Douglas J. Moo


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on James

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on James, “a lovely blend of good judgment, good writing, good theology, and sometimes good application”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on James

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on James, “If you can only have one commentary on James, this is the one to have.”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a careful interpretation with attention to the theology of the letter”

Audience:

Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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James (ZECNT) by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “Its a combination of patient exegesis, theology, and application will appeal to many pastors.”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on James

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on James, “The layout of the volume is very helpful. For each passage, there are seven primary sections: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application. This series should prove to be very helpful for busy pastors.”

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James (TNTC) by Douglas J. Moo


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on James

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a careful interpretation with attention to the theology of the letter”

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James (WBC) by Ralph P. Martin


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “a masterpiece of condensed writing and an admirable summary of the status of scholarship on James”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical and clear exposition of the letter”

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The Epistle of James (NIGTC) by Peter H. Davids


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical but very helpful interpretation of James”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on James, “For those who are intending to do in-depth exegetical work in the original Greek text, Davids’ commentary in the NIGTC commentary will be an invaluable help. Like all of the NIGTC commentaries, this one leaves virtually no stone unturned.”

Audience:

From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.”



James (BECNT) by Dan G. McCartney


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on James, “first rank, combining rigorous exegesis and carefully worded and probing theological reflection”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a very fine exposition of the Greek text”

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The Letter of James (AB) by Luke Timothy Johnson


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on James, “superb on introductory matters”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “an insightful commentary from a Roman Catholic scholar”

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The Letter of James (NICNT) by Scot McKnight


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on James

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James (Crossway Classics) by Thomas Manton


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on James; “Thomas Manton’s commentary on James is a classic work that should not be ignored merely because it is older. There is a wealth of insight here.”

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James (Harper’s New Testament commentaries) by Sophie Laws


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommneded: “a lucid exegesis of the letter”

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The Message of James (BST) by J.A. Motyer


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on James, “Motyer’s works should never be skipped by those seeking insight into the meaning of Scripture. His commentaries on Isaiah and Exodus are particularly valuable, and the same is true for this introductory level commentary on James.”

Audience:

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.”



James: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary (ICC) by Dale Allison


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” on James

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James (REC) by Daniel M. Doriani


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



James (NIVAC) by David P. Nystrom


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James (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



James (IVPNTC) by George M. Stulac


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James (HNTC) by Thomas D. Lea


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



James (MNTCS) by John MacArthur


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James (Thru the Bible) by J. Vernon McGee


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