Find here Unashamed Workman’s recommended commentaries for the New Testament. The list has been collated partly on the basis of commentaries I have used myself and partly on the recommendations of others. The current list is mainly academic level works. I hope, however, to add others which are more application focused.


New Testament


Carson, D. A. Matthew. EBC , 1984.
(*) Davies, WD. and Dale C. Allison. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew. ICC, 1989.

France, R. T. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC, 2002.
(*) Lane, William L. Commentary on the Gospel of Mark. NICNT, 1974.

Bock, Darrell L. Luke. 2 vols. BECNT, 1994.
Marshall, I. Howard. Commentary on Luke. NIGTC, 1978.

(*) Carson, D. A. The Gospel According to John. PNTC, 1991.

Bock, Darrell L, Acts , BECNT, 2007
(*) Longenecker, Richard N, Acts, EBC, 1981

Cranfield, C. E. B. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. ICC , 1975–79.
(*) Moo, Douglas J. The Epistle to the Romans. NICNT, 1996.

1 & 2 Corinthians

Barrett, C. K. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. Black’s New Testament Commentary, 1968.
(*) Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1987.
(*) Barnett, Paul. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1997.
Martin, Ralph P. 2 Corinthians. Word Biblical Commentary,1986.

Bruce, F. F. Galatians. NIGTC, Eerdmans, 1982.
(*) Longenecker, R, Galatians, Word Biblical Commentary, 1990.

Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. NICNT, Eerdmans, 1984.
(*) O’Brien, Peter T. The Letter to the Ephesians. PNTC, Eerdmans, 1999.

Fee, Gordon D. Philippians. NICNT, Eerdmans, 1995.
(*) O’Brien, Peter T. The Letter to the Ephesians. PNTC, Eerdmans, 1999.

Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. NICNT, 1984.
(*) O’Brien, Peter T. Colossians, Philemon. WBC, 1982.

1 and 2 Thessalonians
(*) Bruce, F. F. 1 and 2 Thessalonians. WBC, 1982.
Wanamaker, Charles A. The Epistles to the Thessalonians. NIGTC, 1990.

The Pastoral Epistles
Fee, G, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, NIBC. 1998.
(*) Mounce, William D. Pastoral Epistles. WBC, 2000.

Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Hebrews. NICNT, 1990.
(*) Lane, William L. Hebrews. WBC, 1991.

(*) Davids, Peter H. Commentary on James. NIGTC, 1982.
Moo, Douglas J. The Letter of James. PNTC, 2000.

1 Peter
(*) Davids, Peter H. The First Epistle of Peter. NICNT, 1990.
Grudem, Wayne. The First Epistle of Peter. TNTC, 1988.

2 Peter, Jude
(*) Bauckham, Richard J. Jude, 2 Peter. WBC, 1983.
Moo, Douglas J. 2 Peter and Jude. NIVAC, 1996.

1, 2, 3 John
(*) Kruse, Colin G. The Letters of John, PNTC, 2000
Stott, John R. W. The Epistles of St. John, Eerdmans, 1988.

(*) Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation. NIGTC, 1999.
Mounce, Robert H. The Book of Revelation. NICNT, Eerdmans, 1997.

Other Commentary Recommendations
Best Commentaries.com
Desiring God Recommendations
Kostenberger – Favourite NT Commentaries
Oakhill Theological College (UK) OT, NT
850 Books for Expositors by Master’s Seminary
Westminster Seminary Staff Picks
Calvin Theological Seminary Recommendations
Moore Theological College Book Recommendations
How to Begin a Commentary Collection – Tim Challies

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  1. Thanks. This is a great list.

    I put together a similar post with my favorite commentaries on each NT book here:


  2. great list. i don’t think it is on the web, and you probably know about it, but Fee and Stuarts list in the appendix to “How to Read the Bible for all its Worth” has been a guide to me. make sure you use the updated 3rd ed. it is different

  3. I will be using the O’Brien commentary for Philippians in my next Greek class. I have read through part of it and it is excellent.

  4. I’m working through Luke and have to say that the best commentary I have come across is that by Darrell Bock in the BECNT Series. Both volumes are exceptionally insightful and helpful.

  5. Housekeeping note: The “Desiring God” link is not working

  6. Please check out my website (www.book-academy.co.uk) for older commentaries recommended by the “Prince of Preachers” viz. Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Enjoy!

  7. R.T. France’s work on Matthew in the NICNT series is excellent as well. He is a great commentary writer. He goes in depth but writes in a way you can sit and read his commentaries like a good novel!

  8. I lock Bock pretty well but dislike his views on the Q gospel theory. Otherwise he is a very insightful scholar.

  9. I would have to suggest that you add R.T. France’s Matthew Commentary in the NICNT series–I have found it to be amazingly enlightening and well composed (being amazingly easy to read while not lacking in scholarship either).

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