Commentaries on Jonah

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



Jonah (The Minor Prophets) by Joyce Baldwin, McComiskey, ed.


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on The Minor Prophets

Tremper Longman: “Baldwin is always worth reading on any book on which she chooses to comment”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Jonah, “Baldwin also questions the arguments of those who identify Jonah as a work of fiction.”

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Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (WBC) by Douglas Stuart


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “one of the best recent commentaries on the Minor Prophets…a must-buy for everyone preaching on these books”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Jonah, “It is a must-read on the first five Minor Prophets. On Jonah, Stuart argues for the historicity of the book.”

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Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (TOTC) by T. Desmond Alexander


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “a very helpful guide to the historical background and theology of the book”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Jonah, “clear and concise, and Alexander also argues for the historicity of the events described in the book”

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Man Overboard!: The Story of Jonah by Sinclair B. Ferguson


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Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Jonah, “a treasure trove for preachers and teachers…exhibits a rare combination today — the insights of one who is both a pastor and a scholar”

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Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (NIVAC) by James Bruckner


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Tremper Longman: “Bruckner does a nice job getting to the heart of the message”

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The Gospel According to Jonah (GAOT) by Bryan Estelle


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Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Jonah, “shows how Jonah points forward to Christ and the Gospel ..although a brief work, it is thorough and thoughtful”

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Jonah, Nahum, Habukkuk, Zephaniah (REBC) by John H. Walton


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “Walton has a wonderful knowledge of Near Eastern background and great exegetical sensitivity”

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Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah (NICOT) by Leslie Allen


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Tremper Longman: “up-to-date, insightful, and careful”

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Jonah and Micah (REC) by Richard D. Phillips


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (Interpretation) by James Limburg


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Tremper Longman: scored 4 out of 5 stars, “well written with interesting comments about the use of the book in the New Testament”

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Jonah (Anchor) by Jack M. Sasson


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “provocative…well worth adding to a reference library”

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Obadiah and Jonah (Continental) by Hans Walter Wolff


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “a very helpful commentary”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (TPC) by Lloyd J. Ogilvie


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (NAC) by Billy K. Smith and Frank S. Page


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Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (HOTC) by Trent C. Butler


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Minor Prophets (CBC) by Richard D. Patterson and Andrew E. Hill


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Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (AOTC) by Daniel J. Simundson


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The Minor Prophets by Charles L. Feinberg


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Exegetical Commentaries



Jonah (ZECOT) by Kevin J. Youngblood


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



The Minor Prophets by James Montgomery Boice


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Minor Prophets (IEC) by H.A. Ironside


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