Online Commentaries

Looking for an online commentary? This custom Google search engine "Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search" created by Sally Shelton (ORU) makes searching online commentaries easy.

You may note that not all of the newest and most scholarly commentaries are available on the internet or through subscription research databases. Due to publisher arrangements, one can only gain access to these preferred resources through Bible study software programs such as Logos. Students are eligible, however, for a 20% academic discount on Logos software.

Many older publications are now freely available through such websites as BibleStudyTools and StudyLight. Librarian Seth Allen (King University) developed a list of links to online commentaries and Sally Shelton (ORU) expanded upon it by developing the Google custom search engine (above) to make searching them easy. 

You can easily search through multiple sites with a single search. In performing a search, you may add a commentator's name to focus your results. For example, to find what Robertson says about the Greek word charis (grace), 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. almah, pneuma.

About Commentaries

Choosing a bible commentary can be a daunting task.  There are several hundred to choose from, written from diverse theological perspectives and serving different audiences (i.e. preachers, scholar, laymen).  Generally speaking, there are four types of Bible commentaries: exegetical, expository, devotional, and homiletical commentaries.  These categories are 'ideal types'; many commentaries blend these functions (ex. a commentary for preachers that explains the meaning of the word in the original Greek). 

Recommended Commentary Series for Papers (Common abbreviation)

  • Pillar New Testament Commentary (Pillar or PNTC)
  • New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
  • New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)
  • New International Greek Commentary (NIGTC)
  • Expositor’s Bible Commentary (REBC)
  • Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (ZECNT or ZECOT)
  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (ZIBBC)
  • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Baker or BECNT)
  • New American Commentary (NAC)
  • The Story of God Bible Commentary (SoGBC)

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