Commentaries on Nehemiah

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Nehemiah 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. See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Nehemiah



Ezra-Nehemiah (Word Biblical Commentary) by H. G. M. Williamson


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “comprehensive, scholarly commentary written by a highly competent evangelical scholar…helpful to laypeople as well”

John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Detailed historical and linguistic analysis, careful exegesis, insightful exposition and application. Less useful than it might be due to awkward format.”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Nehemiah, “The best commentaries for those seeking to understand these books are the commentaries by Fensham and Williamson.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”



Ezra and Nehemiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) by F. Charles Fensham


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “the emphasis on this volume is on history and culture”

John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Thorough, conservative, well researched and well organized. Most readable, with useful application of the books’ message to the contemporary situation. Probably the best evangelical commentary currently available.”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Nehemiah, “The best commentaries for those seeking to understand these books are the commentaries by Fensham and Williamson.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.” See more about the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.



Ezra and Nehemiah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary) by Derek Kidner


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “easy to read and emphasizes theology and history”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Nehemiah, “For those seeking a good introductory level commentary on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.”



Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (New American Commentary) by Mervin Breneman


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “a competent and readable commentary”

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

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”



Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (The Daily Study Bible Series) by J.G. McConville


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Reviews and 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 Nehemiah, “I have benefited from many of McConville’s works, and this brief introductory level commentary is no exception.”

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Invaluable for individual devotional study, for group discussion, and for classroom use, the Daily Study Bible provides a useful, reliable, and eminently readable way to discover what the Scriptures were saying then and what God is saying today.”



Nehemiah (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by E.M. Yamauchi


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Informative discussion on the contributions of Persian history, language, and biblical archaeology to the understanding of the life, times, and message of Ezra and Nehemiah.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.”



Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther (New Collegeville Bible Commentary) by D.J. Clines


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Scholarly and comprehensive in scope, The New Century Bible Commentary series has earned wide respect across theological traditions …Based on the Revised Standard Version, the commentaries are at once accessible and informed, containing clear verse-by-verse exposition and reflecting contemporary debate.”



Ezra-Nehemiah (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Mark A. Throntveit


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “easy-to-read yet profound”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Ezra & Nehemiah (Reformed Expositional Commentary) by Derek W. H. Thomas


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: The REC series has “four fundamental commitments. First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.” See more about the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



Exalting Jesus in Ezra-Nehemiah (Christ-Centered Exposition) by James M. Hamilton Jr.


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: This series “takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition presented as sermons and divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect and Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.”



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


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious Old Testament for Everyone series. Covering Scripture from Genesis to Malachi, Goldingay addresses the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school preparation, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern reader.”



Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (The Preacher’s Commentary) by Mark D. Roberts


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New King James Bible has been chosen for the Preacher’s Commentary because it combines with integrity the beauty of language, underlying Hebrew and Greek textual basis, and thought-flow of the 1611 King James Version…Readers who are more comfortable with another translation can readily find the parallel passage by means of the chapter and verse reference at the end of each passage being exposited. The paragraphs of exposition combine fresh insights to the Scripture, application, rich illustrative material, and innovative ways of utilizing the vibrant truth for his or her own life and for the challenge of communicating it with vigor and vitality.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Ezra-Nehemiah (The Old Testament Library) by Joseph Blenkinsopp


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.”



Ezra-Nehemiah (The College Press NIV Commentary) by Keith Schoville


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “College Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text. It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student. The College Press NIV Commentary Series is the only full commentary set in print from the Restoration Movement.”



Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) by Gary V. Smith


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God’s Word.”



Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Holman Old Testament Commentary) by Knute Larson and Kathy Daltlen


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “No other reference series gets to the heart of the Old Testament as efficiently as the Holman Old Testament Commentary. When a reader’s time allows, the series offers a detailed interpretation based on the popular New International Version text. When time is short, it delivers an essential understanding of the Old Testament with unsurpassed clarity and convenience.”



Nehemiah (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) by Christopher J.H. Wright


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Two features distinguish The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary series: theological exegesis and theological reflection…The result is a paragraph-by-paragraph engagement with the text that is deliberately theological in focus.”



Ezra, Nehemiah (New Collegeville Bible Commentary) by Thomas M. Bolin


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek… Utilizing recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.”



Ezra and Nehemiah (Everyman’s Bible Commentary ) by J. Carl Laney


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: Dr. Laney presents a synthesis of the restoration period and discusses the interpretive, historical, geographical, and theological issues involved in these often-neglected but spiritually-rich books.



Ezra and Nehemiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Matthew Levering


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Pastors and leaders of the classical church—such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley—interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ…The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret Scripture for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other Orthodox Christians did for their times and places. The commentaries are designed to serve the church—through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.”



Technical and Critical Commentaries



Ezra-Nehemiah (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Jacob M. Meyers


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Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



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


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”



Nehemiah: An Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “James Montgomery Boice (1938-2000) was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was also president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the parent organization of The Bible Study Hour on which Boice was a speaker for more than thirty years…Boice has created a unique blend of scripture insight, rich devotional application, and vivid illustration in this commentary.”


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