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Fall 1990 · Vol. 19 No. 2 · pp. 107–19 

Recommended Reading

Bible Study Helps and Commentaries

Elmer A. Martens, coord.

The following books are recommended by the Bible departments of the sponsoring schools in response to a request for building a preaching pastor’s library. Generally only two books are given per category with the first entry as the one most recommended. Prices supplied are approximate U.S. prices for books available through Christian bookstores.


Bibliographic Helps:

Branson, M.B. Readers’s Guide to the Best Evangelical Books. Harper and Row, 1982. $5.95.

Carson, D.A. New Testament Commentary Survey. Baker, 1989.$3.95.

France, R.T. A Bibliographic Guide to New Testament Research. J.S.O.T. Press, 1983.

Goldingay, John. Old Testament Commentary Survey. Theological Students Fellowship, 1981.

Study Bible:

N.I.V. Study Bible. $24.95.

N.A.S.B. Study Bible (forthcoming)


Young’s Analytical Concordance. $21.95.

The Eerdmans Analytical Concordance to the R.S.V., 1988. $59.95.

New America Standard Exhaustive Concordance. Nashville, Holman, 1981.$34.95.

The N.I.V. Complete Concordance, Zondervan, 1981. $29.95.

Bible Dictionary:

The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary. Eerdmans, 1987. $32.50.

The New International Dictionary of the Bible. Zondervan, 1987. $29.95. {108}

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. rev. ed. Jeoffrey W Romley. (gen. ed.) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979-88.4 volumes. $144.00. A revision of 1929 edition.

Harper’s Bible Dictionary. Harper and Row, 1985. $29.50.


Rasmussen, Carl G., N.I. V. Atlas of the Bible. Zondervan, 1989. $39.95.

May, Herbert G., et. al. (eds.) Oxford Bible Atlas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985, $14.95.


Alexander, David and Pat Alexander, Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible (revised). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983. $29.95. Also available in abridged version: Eerdmans Concise Handbook to the Bible, 1988. $10.95.

Thompson, J.A. Handbook of Life in Bible Times. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1986. $34.95.

Biblical Backgrounds:

Thompson, J.A. The Bible and Archaeology. Eerdmans, 1982 (3). $24.95.

Barrett, C.K. The New Testament Background: Selected Documents. Harper & Row, 1961. $6.95.

Pritchard, J.B., ed. The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures. (2 vols.) Princeton U Press, 1958, 1976. $76.00.

Theological Dictionaries/Word Books:

Bauer, J.B. The Encyclopedia of Biblical Theology. New York: Crossroad, 1981. $39.50.

Brown, Colin. Dictionary of New Testament Theology. 3 vols. 19.75-78 plus index vol. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. $124.95.

Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, ed. R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., Bruce K. Waltke. 2 vols. {109} Chicago: Moody Press, 1980. $49.95. Words are categorized according to major Hebrew roots. Contains an index linked with Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, ed. G. Johannes Botterweck and Helmer Ringren, Volumes I-VI (in process). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974. $35.00 per volume. Entries are organized by the Hebrew alphabet; comprehensive and detailed.

History and Survey and Theology:

Old Testament History and Survey: Bright, John. A History of Israel. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1981 (1959) $18.95. A moderately critical approach to the history of Israel.

Merrill, Eugene. Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1987. $24.95. An evangelical study; scholarly, up to date with fine footnotes for further study.

LaSor, W.S., D.A. Hubbard, and F.W. Bush. Old Testament Survey. Eerdmans, 1982.$24.95.

Old Testament Theology:

Martens, Elmer A. God’s Design: A Focus on Old Testament Theology. Baker, 1981. $12.95.

Childs, B.S. Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context. Fortress, 1986. $17.95.

New Testament History and Survey:

Bruce, FF. New Testament History. New York: Doubleday, 1972. $9.95.

Hiebert, D. Edmond. Introduction to New Testament. 3 vols. Chicago: Moody, 1975, 1977. $12.95 each.

Gundry, R.H. A Survey of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1970. $20.95.

Guthrie, D. New Testament Introduction. Downers Grove, I1: InterVarsity, 1971. $34.95. {110}

Johnson, Luke T. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation. Fortress, 1986. $19.95.

New Testament Theology:

Ladd, G.E. A Theology of the New Testament. Eerdmans, 1974. $24.95.

Morris, L. New Testament Theology. Zondervan, 1986. $20.95.

Computer Helps:

Hughes, John J. Bits, Bytes and Biblical Studies: A Resource Guide for the Use of Computers in Biblical and Classical Studies. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1988. $35.95.


1 volume:

The Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. W.A. Elwell (gen. ed.), Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989. Highly recommended so as to have some overview on each Bible book. $9.95.

Harper’s Bible Commentary. Harper & Row, 1988. $34.95.

Commentary series:

If you buy a complete set, we suggest TOTC and TNTC (economy, evangelical, scholarly, brevity) with NICOT and NICNT as a second choice (evangelical, comprehensive). Third choice would be EBC.

BCBC     Believer’s Church Bible Commentary. Elmer Martens, Willard Swartley, (eds.). Scottdale: Herald Press, 1986. (In process; 2 vols. available.) For use by pastors and Sunday School teachers. Especially geared to help toward preaching.
DSB The Daily Study Bible. John C.L. Gibson (gen. ed.). 24 vols. $325/cl.; $179/p. Conservative and evangelical; writing is at advanced, but still popular level.
EBC Expositor’s Bible Commentary. FE. Gaebelein (gen. ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1976-1991. Each volume {111} is ca. $30.00. 12 vols. (7 vols. in OT). A variety of theological perspectives on Books of OT/NT.
INT Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. James L. Mays (gen. ed.). Atlanta: John Knox. Positions on literary and historical matters are mildly critical; aims toward the more theological.
LBI Library of Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
NICOT New International Commentary on the Old Testament. R.K. Harrison, (gen. ed.). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
OTL Old Testament Library. Ackroyd, Peter, Bernhard W. Anderson, James Barr, James D. Mays (eds.). Louisville: Westminster.
TOTC Tyndale O. T. Commentary. Wiseman, D.A. (gen. ed.). Downers Grove: InterVarsity. Good scholarship, not overly technical. $179.00.
TNTC Tyndale N.T. Commentary. Morris, Leon (gen. ed.). Downers Grove: InterVarsity. $159.95.
WBC Word Biblical Commentary. Hubbard, D.A. and G.W. Barker (gen. eds.). Waco: Word, 1984. Not consistently evangelical, offers original translation, with notes for the scholar separated from popularly written material.



Brueggemann, Walter. Genesis. INT, 1982.$23.95.

Roop, Eugene. Genesis. BCBC, 1987. TH CONS. $17.95.


Childs, Brevard S. The Book of Exodus. OTL, 1974.$27.95. {112}


Wenham, Gordon J. The Book of Leviticus. NICOT, 1979. $24.95


Wenham, Gordon J. Numbers: An Introduction and a Commentary. TOTC, 1981. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Woudstra, Marten H. The Book of Joshua. NICOT, 1981. $24.95.


Cundall, Arthur E. Judges and Ruth, “Judges” TOTC, 1968. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Morris, Leon. Judges and Ruth, “Ruth” TOTC, 1968. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.

Hubbard, Robert L. Jr. The Book of Ruth. NICOT, 1988. $26.95.


Baldwin, Joyce G. 1 and 2 Samuel. TOTC, 1988. $14.94/cl.; $8.95/p.

Anderson, A.A. 2 Samuel. WBC, 1989. $124.95.


Patterson, R.D. and Hermann J. Austel. 1, 2 Kings. EBC 4:3300. $32.95.


Braun, Roddy. 1 Chronicles. WBC, 1986.$24.95.

Dillard, Ray. 2 Chronicles. WBC, 1988.$24.95. {113]


Fensham, F. Charles. The Book of Ezra, Neherniah. NICOT, 1982. $19.95.

Williamson, H.G.M. Ezra, Nehemiah. WBC, 1985. $24.95.


Baldwin, Joyce G. Esther TOTC, 1984. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Hartley, John E. The Book of Job. NICOT, 1988.$27.95.

Habel, Norman C. The Book of Job. OTL, 1985. $39.95.

Anderson, Francis I. Job. TOTC, 1976. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Allen, Leslie C. Psalms. 101-150. WBC, 1983.$24.95.

Craigie, Peter C. Psalms. 1-50. WBC, 1983.$24.95.

Kidner, Derek. Psalms. TOTC, 1975. 2 vols. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Kidner, Derek. Proverbs. TOTC, 1964. $8.95.

Alden, Robert L. Proverbs: A Commentary on an Ancient Book of Timeless Advice. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989. $8.95.


Eaton, Michael E. Ecclesiastes. TOTC, 1983. $14.95/cl; $8.95/p.

Song of Solomon

Carr, G. Lloyd. The Song of Solomon. TOTC, 1984. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39. NICOT, 1986. $29.95. {114}

Westermann, Claus. Isaiah 40-66. OTL, 1975.$21.95.


Martens, Elmer A. Jeremiah. BCBC, 1986.$17.95.

Thompson, J.A. The Book of Jeremiah. NICOT, 1980. $29.95.

Clements, Jeremiah. INT, 1988. $17.95.


Ellison, H.L. Lamentations. EBC 6:695-733. $32.95.

Harrison, R.K. Jeremiah and Lamentations. TOTC, 1973. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Craigie, Peter C. Ezekiel. DSB, 1983. $14.95/cl.; $7.95/p.

Eichrodt, Walther. Ezekiel. OTL, 1970.$22.95.

Taylor, John B. Ezekiel: An Introduction and Commentary. TOTC, 1969. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.


Baldwin, Joyce G. Daniel. TOTC, 1978. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.

Goldingay, John E. Daniel. WBC, 1987.$24.95.

Minor Prophets

Stuart, Douglas. Hosea-Jonah. WBC, 1987. $24.95. (The Best).

Limburg, James. Hosea-Micah. INT, 1988.$17.95.

Achtemeier, Elizabeth. Nahum-Malachi. INT, 1986. $17.95.


Mays, James L. Hosea. OTL, 1969. $15.95.


Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT, 1976. $24.95


Smith, Gary V. Amos: A Commentary. LBI, 1988. $17:95.

Mays, J.L. Amos. Westminster, 1969. $15.95.


Baker, David. “Obadiah,” in Obadiah, Jonah, Micah. TOTC, 1988. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.

Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT, 1976. $24.95.


Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT, 1976. $24.95.


Waltke, Bruce. “Micah,” in Obadiah, Jonah, Micah. TOTC, 1988. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.

Allen, Leslie C. The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. NICOT, 1976. $24.95.

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

Baker, David. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. TOTC, 19. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.

Robertson, O. Palmer. The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. NICOT, 1990. $28.95.

Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Baldwin, Joyce. Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. TOTC, 1972. $14.95/cl.; $8.95/p.

Kaiser, Walter. Malachi: God’s Unchanging Love. Baker, 1984. $6.95. {116}



Carson, D.A. Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Vol. VIII. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984. (Bound with Mark and Luke) $32.95.

Kingsbury, J.D. Matthew as Story. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988. (Helpful for preaching) $10.95.


Lane, W. Mark. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1973. (Conservative) $27.95.

Swartley, W. Mark: The Way for All Nations. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1981. (Fascinating Study Guide) $9.95.

Hurtado, Larry W. Mark. Harper & Row, 1983.


Talbert, C.H. Reading Luke. New York: Crossroads, 1982. (Insights from Literary Study) $10.95.

Marshall, I.H. The Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978. (Very detailed) $37.50.


Brown, R.E. The Gospel According to John. 2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1966, 1970. (Many insights) $22.00.

Morris, L. The Gospel of John. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970. (Traditional) $29.95.


Marshall, I.H. The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980. (The Best) $9.95.

Talbert, C. Acts. Atlanta: John Knox, 1984. (Preaching Suggestions) $6.95.


Dunn, J.D.G. Romans. 2 vols. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1988. (Very detailed) $24.95. {117}

Morris, Leon. The Epistle to the Romans. Eerdmans, 1988. (Traditional, highly recommended) $29.90.

1 and 2 Corinthians

Fee, Gordon. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. New International Commentary. Eerdmans, 1988. (Very detailed, highly recommended) $29.95.

Martin, R.P 2 Corinthians. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1986. $24.95.

Talbert, Charles. Reading Corinthians. Crossroads, 1987. $15.95.


Bruce, F.F. Commentary on Galatians. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Eerdmans, 1982. (Very traditional) $24.95.

Betz, H.D. Galatians. Hermenia. Fortress, 1979. (Detailed and critical) $29.95.


Barth, Markus. Ephesians. 2 vols. Anchor Bible. Doubleday, 1974. (Very detailed) $22.00.

Stott, John R.W. God’s New Society. InterVarsity, 1979. $9.95.


Hawthorne, Gerald F. Philippians. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1983. $24.95.


Brien, Peter. Colossians, Philemon. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1982. $24.95.

1 and 2 Thessalonians

Best, Ernest. A Commentary on the First and Second Epistles of the Thessalonians. Harper, 1972. $19.95. {118}

Hiebert, D. Edmond. The Thessalonian Epistles. Moody, 1971 (revised edition forthcoming)

Pastoral Letters

Fee, Gordon. 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus. Good News Commentary. Harper, 1984. $9.95.


Bruce, F.F. Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. New International Commentary. Eerdmans, 1964. $22.95.

Hagner, Donald A. Hebrews. Good News Commentary. Harper, 1983.


Martin, Ralph. James. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1988. $24.95.

Davids, Peter. Commentary on James. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Eerdmans. $19.95.

Hiebert, D. Edmond. The Epistle of James: Tests of a living faith. Moody, 1979. (revised edition forthcoming) $13.95.

1 Peter

Michaels, J. Ramsey. 1 Peter. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1988.

Hiebert, D. Edmond. First Peter. Moody, 1984. (revised edition forthcoming)

2 Peter and Jude

Bauckham, Richard J. 2 Peter and Jude. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1983. $24.95.

Hiebert, D. Edmond. Second Peter and Jude. Unusual Publication, 1989. $12.95.

1, 2, 3 John

Marshall, I. Howard. The Epistles of John. New International Commentary. Eerdmans, 1978. $19.95.

Smalley, Stephen S. 1, 2, 3 John. Word Biblical Commentary. Word, 1984. $24.95. {119}


Mounce, Robert H. The Book of Revelation. New International Commentary. Eerdmans, 1977. $22.95.

Beasley-Murray, G.R. The Book of Revelation. New Century Bible. Attic Press, 1974. $12.95.

Ewert, David. The Church Under Fire: Studies in Revelation. Winnipeg/Hillsboro: Kindred Press, 1988.

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