Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary (REBC) Series – New Testament | Reviews, Purpose, Volumes

Reviews of the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series

Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary:

“These commentaries offer an abundance of excellent scholarship from many of the most prominent and careful evangelical biblical scholars today, both older and younger.”

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Darrell L. Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary:

“The Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been a core resource for decades with good reason: it is concise, clear, and focused on giving the key points of a book’s message. Now with this revised edition, one can continue to use this fine resource and know the discussion is up to date, utilizing all the strengths of the original.”

Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College:

“The revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary offers students of the Scriptures quick and reliable access to the entire Bible in thirteen reader-friendly volumes. Written by the foremost evangelical scholars of our time, the commentaries on individual books seek to answer the questions that serious readers ask when they read the Bible. If there is one set of commentaries that all pastors and teachers should have, this is it.”

Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC:

“The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a superb tool to help the Christian who wants to better understand God’s Word. As a preacher, I turn to it again and again. From the Psalms to the Gospel of Matthew, some of the best commentaries are to be found in this series. I’m thankful for these scholars and for their work.”

Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary:

“As a seminary student two of my professors were writing (and wrote) two of the volumes in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, and I have used this commentary my entire career. I am delighted at the updates and revisions and know that this series continues to set the standard for solid, evangelical, expository explanations of God’s Word—every pastor needs this series on the shelf.”

Grant Osborne, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:

“The greatest need for the church is excellent commentaries that can be used by pastors and Bible teachers. The Expositors Bible series admirably filled this need for decades, and now it is even better and a critical contribution for enabling the church to be Bible-centered and more biblically literate. I recommend this highly for every Christian.”

Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary:

“When the Expositor’s Bible Commentary first appeared in the 1970s and 1980s, there were far fewer evangelical commentary series available than there are today, and many of the contributions to that first edition took their place among the best available. Some, inevitably, were weaker than others, but these have almost all now been replaced and the entire series strengthened and updated. For concise commentary, the EBC once again takes its place as among the best volumes available.”

The History of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary

The original Expositor’s Bible Commentary (EBC), edited by Frank Gaebelein, was compiled between the years of 1976-1992 with 50 different authors contributing. The Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series, edited by Tremper Longman III and David E.Garland, is a 2012 update to the original that includes the work of 56 different authors – 30 of whom are new. From the preface:

Some of the commentaries in the EBC have been revised by the original author or in conjunction with a younger colleague. in other cases, scholars have been commissioned to offer fresh commentaries because the original author had passed on or wanted to pass on the baton to the next generation of evangelical scholars. (p. 7 of the Revised version)

The Purpose of the Original and Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series

Regarding the audience (from the preface):

While the primary goal of this commentary is to elucidate the text and not to rpvode a guide to the scholarly literature about the text, the commentaries critically engage recent academic discussion and provide updated bibliographies so that pastors, teachers, and students can keep abreast of modern scholarship.

Regarding the theology (from the preface):

The theological stance of this commentary series remains unchanged: the authors are committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. The commentators have demonstrated proficiency in the biblical book that is their specialty, as well as commitment to the church and the pastoral dimension of biblical interpretation.

Regarding the hermenuetics (from the preface):

The commentaries adhere to the same chief principle of grammatico-historical interpretation that drove the first edition.

Volumes in the Original Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series as well as the New and Revised

Notes: The volumes were re-numbered for the 2012 revised version. Links go to Amazon.

DA Carson Matthew commentary
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Original (1976)

Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke | Hardback | Pages: 1,059

Authors and additional formats:

Matthew: D. A. Carson (2-volume paperback volume available)

Mark: Walter W. Wessel (paperback volume available)

Luke: Walter L. Liefeld (paperback volume available)

Revised (2012)

Volume 9: Matthew and Mark | Hardback | Pages: 992

Authors and additional formats:

Matthew: D. A. Carson (single volume only available in electronic format)

Mark: Walter W. Wessel and Mark L. Strauss – Strauss new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


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Original (1976)

Volume 9: John and Acts | Hardback | Pages: 592

Authors and additional formats:

John: Merrill C. Tenney (paperback volume)

Acts: Richard N. Longenecker (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 10: Luke – Acts | Hardback | Pages: 1,104

Authors and additional formats:

Luke: Walter L. Liefeld and David W. Pao – Pao new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

John: Robert H. Mounce – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Acts: Richard N. Longenecker (single volume only available in electronic format)


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Original (1976)

Volume 10: Romans through Galatians | Hardback | Pages: 528

Authors and additional formats:

Romans: Everett F. Harrison (paperback volume)

1 Corinthians: W. Harold Mare (paperback volume)

2 Corinthians: Murray J. Harris (paperback volume)

Galatians: James Montgomery Boice (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 11: Romans–Galatians | Hardback | Pages: 640

Authors and additional formats:

Romans: Everett F. Harrison and Donald A. Hagner – Hagner new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Corinthians: Verlyn D. Verbrugge – new to revised version  (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Corinthians: Murray J. Harris (single volume only available in electronic format)

Galatians: Robert Keith Rapa – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)


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Original (1976)

Volume 11: Ephesians through Philemon | Hardback | Pages: 480

Authors and additional formats:

Ephesians: A. Skevington Wood (paperback volume)

Philippians: Homer A. Kent, Jr. (paperback volume)

Colossians: Curtis Vaughan (paperback volume)

1, 2 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (paperback volume)

1, 2, Timothy: Ralph Earle (paperback volume)

Titus: D. Edmond Hiebert (paperback volume)

Philemon: Arthur A. Rupprecht (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 12: Ephesians – Philemon | Hardback | Pages: 656

Authors and additional formats:

Ephesians: William W. Klein – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Philippians: David E. Garland – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Colossians: Todd D. Still – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Thessalonians: Robert L. Thomas (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Timothy: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Timothy: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Titus: Andreas J. Köstenberger – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Philemon: Arthur A. Ruprecht (single volume only available in electronic format)


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Original (1976)

Volume 12: Hebrews through Revelation | Hardback | Pages: 624

Authors and additional formats:

Hebrews: Leon Morris (paperback volume)

James: Donald W. Burdick (paperback volume)

1, 2 Peter: Edwin A. Blum (paperback volume)

1, 2, 3 John: Glenn W. Barker (paperback volume)

Jude: Edwin A. Blum (paperback volume)

Revelation: Alan F. Johnson (paperback volume)

Revised (2012)

Volume 13: Hebrews–Revelation | Hardback | Pages: 800

Authors and additional formats:

Hebrews: R. T. France – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

James: George Guthrie – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 Peter: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 Peter: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

1 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

2 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

3 John: Tom Thatcher – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Jude: Daryl Charles – new to revised version (single volume only available in electronic format)

Revelation: Alan F. Johnson (single volume only available in electronic format)


Also see:

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)