TobitJudith1 & 2 MaccabeesWisdom of SolomonSirach/EcclesiasticusBaruchAdditions to Esther, Daniel & Jeremiah
Romans1-2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1-2 Thessalonians1 & 2 TimothyTitusPhilemon
Gospel of John1, 2, 3 JohnRevelation
HebrewsJames1-2 PeterJude
JoshuaJudgesRuth1 & 2 Samuel1 & 2 Kings1 & 2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEsther
JobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of Solomon
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Bible Commentaries Plus -- Guide Contents

This LibGuide is designed to raise awareness of the many Bible commentaries available in the ORU Library. The commentaries listed have been selected as starting points for doing research on the various books and sections of the Bible. Other works such as introductions, critical and interpretative works, and theological studies related to a book or section of the Bible are listed separately in boxes labeled, "More on...". For further guidance in selecting commentaries, check out the resources listed in the Resources for Bible Evaluating Commentaries box to the right. Guest researchers who do not have access to ORU's restricted resources may wish to try the Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search (see box below).

To recommend a commentary to add to this LibGuide or to add to the ORU Library collection, please contact Sally Shelton.


    Open Access Bible Commentaries ~ Quick Search

    Use the quick search below to search open access Bible commentaries from such popular Web sites as,,,, and including many titles on this annotated list created by librarian Seth Allen.

    One way to focus a search is to add a commentator's name. For example, to find what Robertson says about the Greek word charis, key in the words: charis Robertson. Hebrew and Greek words may be searched in Hebrew or Greek, e.g. עַלְמָה, πνεῦμα, or by transliteration, e.g. alma, pneuma.  

    Caveat: though professors typically prefer not to see citations to open access commentaries in bibliographies of research papers if they are dated or otherwise do not meet expected scholarly norms, these resources are useful for quick reference, provided they are used circumspectly. 

    To access the Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search web page, go to    


    Resources for Evaluating Bible Commentaries

    Opinions as to the relative value of the various Bible commentaries vary widely among biblical scholars. Students may wish to consult with their professors as to their particular preferences. The following works may be consulted for further guidance in the selection of commentaries. The use of technical commentaries is typically more difficult for those who do not know the biblical languages. 

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    Essential Bible Study Tools for Ministry - Bauer, David
    Call Number: BS511.2.B38 2014 LRC-R
    Revision of author's: An annotated guide to biblical resources for ministry.

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    New Testament Commentary Survey - Carson, D. A.
    Call Number: BS2341.2.C33 2007 Reference
    6th ed.

    Commentary and Reference Survey - Glynn, John J.
    Call Number: BS511.3.G59 2007 Reference

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    Old Testament Commentary Survey - Longman, Tremper, III
    Call Number: ebrary
    Publication Date: 2013
    5th ed.
    4th ed. in print: BS1151.52.L64 2007 LRC-4

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    The Literature of Theology - Stewart, David
    Call Number: BR118.B67 2004 LRC-4
    Revised edition
    "Reviews and ratings of Biblical, theological, and practical Christian works"

    Online Commentaries
    A list of online commentaries in the public domain compiled by Tyndale House.


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