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Updated August, 2012

This bibliography represents a compilation of many of the resources quoted on preceptaustin.org.

SUMMARY OF POPULAR
BIBLE SOFTWARE

Feb, 2013

Because the bibliographic listing does not mention every major Bible software product for each resource you will need to check the individual websites for available resources which are being added to continually...:
 

(1) Logos 4/5 and Libronix 3 (Mac version) - This is the "Cadillac" of Bible software with over 10,000 resources available. The search engine is free, but the resources can be very expensive, especially considering the fact that Logos has more than 20,000 titles (2012)! Logos 4/5has a rather steep learning curve and requires a new, fast computer (Logos 4 FAQ). Note that beginning in early 2012 Logos ceased releases new resources for Libronix. Libronix still works but there are, but only for Logos 4/5. If you use Libronix note that Stilltruth.com has a large (almost 1000) personal books which one can download free of charge. The Logos 4/5 Personal book building feature is outstanding and much easier to use than its predecessor in Libronix and and has a growing list of free User Contributed Personal Books. Zondervan has some excellent resources (e.g., Expositor's Bible Commentary) now available in Logos. Zondervan's Pradis has been discontinued, which is certainly one of the "dangers" of investing in "digital media" over printed books! Be sure and see Logos' Pre-Publications and Community Pricing which can potentially save hundreds of dollars. In 2011 Logos added Vyrso - Christian eBooks a source of more general Christian books which fully integrate with Logos 4/5 (fully searchable with active Scripture links) Recommended. Apps are available for Iphone, Ipad, Android (Downloads) If you have a blog or website be sure to consider adding the free Scripture popup tool - Reftagger - Official Site

 

(2) Wordsearch - Wordsearch and Logos are my favorite programs. Logos is "Wordsearch on steroids!" Wordsearch has a growing number of resources (over 4000 as of Feb, 2012) and is (1) generally (but not always) less expensive than Logos and (2) is easier to use. As noted below, Quickverse has merged with Wordsearch. Wordsearch has recently partnered with Lifeway, so that it appears to be a program that is "here to stay". Wordsearch has over 200 free books (Free books). 

 

In summary, Wordsearch provides a generally more affordable alternative to Logos. Apps are available. InstaVerse by Wordsearch is a nice free tool for reading Scripture on the the web. Recommended.

 

(3) Bible Explorer - free download including ESV and a number of other free books. Can use all of the resources available through Wordsearch.

 

(4) BibleWorks - This is my favorite tool for original language studies with a nice selection of add on lexicons. This is not the choice if you are looking for commentaries. I usually have this program opened to supplement my Logos and Wordsearch programs. Bibleworks has recently partnered with Wordsearch so that now some of the books purchased in Wordsearch will work with BibleWorks (and do not have to be repurchased) - interesting concept!

 

(5) The Discovery Bible - combines NAS Interlinear with a unique 6000 page Greek Lexicon, Hebrew lexicon is in the works (Aug, 2012)

 

(6) TheWord Bible Program - Free program. In my opinion it rivals E-sword as best free program available. One very nice feature is ability to scroll through verses which synch with all commentaries that have related notes. This feature can save much time if you are doing verse by verse preaching. Most of the the commentaries are older but with some perseverance you can almost always find some real "pearls"! TheWord has most of the same resources (free) that are listed below for E-Sword.

 

(7) E-Sword - Free program.  For a list of free downloads see Free e-Sword Resource Downloads, Modules, Utilities. which includes some outstanding resources - for a general commentary of the entire Bible, I highly recommend David Guzik (Commentary on OT and NT). For one of the best (literal interpretation) commentaries available on the Revelation see Anthony Garland's book (Testimony of Jesus Christ).

 

Here are a few other E-sword resources: Biblical Illustrator - 56 Volumes, Pulpit Commentary - all 66 Books, Expositors Bible Commentary - 49 Volumes, Charles Spurgeon Collection (135 books including books of sermons), John Piper Collection - 100's of sermons by topic, John Trapp's Complete Commentary Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (NT Commentary), John Eadie Commentaries, Ray Stedman Commentary, MacLaren's Commentary (Expositions Of Holy Scripture).

 

There are also a number of the resources for purchase (eStudySource.com).


(8) Biblesoft - PC Study Bible - I own this but it is not my favorite and I would not recommend it if you are considering Bible software for the first time. I would strongly recommend one of the programs discussed above.


(9) Quickverse - This company was the pioneer in Bible software and in Spring, 2012 Quickverse merged with Wordsearch which is an excellent program.

 

(10) Online Study Bibles - Four are available and they are all very good.

(a) Holman Christian Standard Bible Study Bible - free
(b)
Defender's Study Bible by Henry Morris  - free
(c)
ESV Study Bible  - $15 for lifetime online access or free with print version.
(d)
NETBible Notes - free. Be sure to check this one out by reading the notes below. This is far more than a "study Bible" as you will discover.

RELATED RESOURCES:
 

Bible Commentaries - General Discussion of Resources

 

Bible Commentaries for each book of the Bible - by Tim Challies (seems to come from a reformed perspective so "Be a Berean" - I do not necessarily agree with all of his listings - e.g., in The Revelation there is a distinct paucity of some superb commentaries which may reflect the author's systematic theological bias)

 

Commenting on Commentaries on John - John A Burns

 

Commenting on Commentaries on 2Corinthians - David S Dockery

 

Commenting on Commentaries on James - David S Dockery

 

Commenting on Commentaries on Acts - Gerald Cowen

 

Commenting on Commentaries on Malachi - Gary Galeotti

850 Books for Biblical Expositors - compiled by Master's Seminary

NT Commentaries for Bible Expositors: 1987-92 by James E Rosscup

 

OT Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: 1987-92 by James E Rosscup

 

Commenting on Commentaries by C H Spurgeon - probably the best way for one to assess the older works, many of which are being digitalized on the internet. (Search archives below)

 
 
 

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Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos Format by James E Rosscup (not free but excellent resource).

 

Biblical Commentaries Online - nice compilation - Recommended but be a Berean!

 

See Drop down menu below for 1000's of resources including Commentaries, Sermons, Devotionals, Illustrations, Hymns, etc including listing by chapter and verse...

 

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Note: For Logos (Libronix) software titles the best resource is Logos.com. While you are on Logos.com be sure and check out their Pre-Publications and Community Pricing programs, which offer deep discounts.

If you are interested in "old fashioned" (paper!) books, I recommend searching Amazon.com where you can search for used copies available (usually only a fraction of the cost of the new book -- I have purchased up to 50 used Christian books from Amazon and have yet to be disappointed -- just be sure to read the seller's notes on the condition of the book.

Be aware that many of the Christian writings prior to the early 1900's are now available online at no charge. I have found the Archive.org invaluable in this regard. It takes some practice but you will be amazed at what is now online at Archive.org. For example, just to get some idea of the amount of material which is online enter Spurgeon and under media type select Texts (otherwise you will get audios, etc) to retrieve over 350 resources!

 

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Ash, A. L.  Philippians, Colossians & Philemon.  The College Press NIV commentary. Joplin, Mo.: College Press. (1994)

Comments: The College Press NIV Commentary series is a reasonably good commentary but I would recommend using it only as a secondary resource to supplement a more classic work such as Bible Knowledge Commentary

Bible software: Logos (Libronix), Wordsearch

Website: NA

Barclay, William. The Daily study Bible series, Rev. ed. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press.  

Comments: Barclay's commentaries are not always theologically conservative (note) and/or evangelical but they do contain some of the best cultural and historical insights available as well as some excellent Greek word studies. Barclay did not hold orthodox views concerning such non-negotiable topics such as the virgin birth of Jesus, the deity of Jesus, the way of salvation, eternal judgment, et al. A balanced evaluation of Barclay's theological aberrations is found here and the cautious student is advised to read this review before utilizing his commentaries.

Bible software: The New Daily Study Bible New Testament - Logos

Website: NA

Barnes, Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Comments: Notes on the Old and New Testament can be a useful supplemental resource. C H Spurgeon's comments that:

"Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday School teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil. If a controversial eye had been turned upon Barnes's Notes years ago, and his inaccuracies shown up by some unsparing hand, he would never have had the popularity which at one time set rival publishers advertising him in every direction. His Old Testament volumes are to be greatly commended as learned and laborious, and the epistles are useful as a valuable collection of the various opinions of learned men. Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday School teachers. (from Commenting and Commentaries by CH Spurgeon)

Bible software: Available free from "e-sword". Barnes' Notes on the New Testament free from Wordsearch

Website: Studylight has notes on the NT; Biblios has OT Commentary-here is Genesis

Barton, B. B. Life Application Bible Commentary: Romans, Philippians, Colossians, et al.  Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.

Comments: Well done, conservative, evangelical and as you might gather from the name usually with good applications.

Bible software: Logos, Wordsearch,

Website: NA

Book Version: James. Life Application Bible Commentary. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers

Bible Knowledge Commentary:  An Exposition of the Scriptures. Walvoord, J. F. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Comments: This is a "modern classic" which is thoroughly conservative and evangelical. It is recommended as one of the basic commentaries for your library.

Bible
software: Logos, Wordsearch, E-Sword

Website: NA

Black, A. 1 & 2 Peter. The College Press NIV commentary. Joplin, Mo: College Press Pub. (1998)

Comments: The College Press NIV Commentary series is a reasonably good commentary but I would recommend using it only as a secondary resource to supplement a more classic work such as Bible Knowledge Commentary

Bible software: Logos (Libronix), Wordsearch

Website: NA

Calvin, John: Commentaries s

Comments: Classic reformed commentary but be wary of his comments on prophetic passages in the Old Testament.

Bible software: Logos (Libronix), Wordsearch

Website: Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Carson, D. A.  New Bible Commentary: Downers Grove, Ill., USA: Inter-Varsity Press. (1994)

Comments: Not good enough to be your primary single volume commentary on the entire Bible (see MacDonald's Believer's Bible Commentary or the Bible Knowledge Commentary, both of which are better commentaries on the entire Bible). This should be a secondary resource.

Bible software: Logos (Libronix);  Wordsearch

Website: NA

Clarke, Adam: Clarke's Commentary

Comments: Adam Clarke (1760-1832) is the author of a commentary on the entire Bible that is found on many websites as well as computer Bible programs. Clarke was a Methodist, a Wesleyan, and an Arminian, (e.g., Clarke "suggested that although God can know all future events, He chooses not to know some events beforehand" Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, page 808). He did not always interpret Scripture literally and thus not surprisingly was amillennial (did not believe Messiah would reign 1000 years in His earthly Kingdom - he interpreted Revelation as a Historicist) which led him to misinterpret the church as fulfilling many Old Testament promises given to and yet to be fulfilled to Israel. He was influential in the development of the doctrine of entire sanctification. Although Clarke affirmed the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, thus holding to a belief of "plenary dynamic inspiration" (idea of every thought inspired), he fell short of a belief in the "plenary verbal inspiration" (every single word inspired) (Bibliotheca Sacra: Volume 125, p 163, 1968). Click for full discussion of Clarke's interpretative approach.

Bible software: E-sword as well as most commercial software programs

Website: Studylight
 

Cottrell, J.  Romans : Vol 1. College Press NIV commentary. Volume 2. Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub (1996-c1998)

Comments: The College Press NIV Commentary series is a reasonably good commentary but I would recommend using it as a secondary resource to supplement an excellent commentary such as MacArthur's Commentary on Romans

Bible software: Logos (Libronix), Wordsearch

Website: NA

Craigie, P. C. Ezekiel. The Daily Study Bible Series. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

Comments: Interesting and well written commentary. The Daily Study Bible series on the Old Testament (the counterpart to William Barclay's Daily Study Bible Series on the New Testament) like the NT counterpart can have some useful discussions but is not conservative nor literal in interpretative approach and thus should be used with considerable discernment.

Bible software: Not available as of Feb, 2012.

Website: NA

The New Defender's Study Bible by Henry M Morris

Comments: The comments are brief but this is one of the best Study Bibles available because of Morris' stalwart adherence to a literal interpretation of the Scriptures. If you are not familiar with his work (e.g., commentaries such as The Genesis Record and The Revelation Record), you won't be disappointed if you are looking for a conservative resource that has short comments on the entire Bible. Note that there are not comments on every verse.

Comment from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) website: "In 1995 Dr. Henry Morris, ICR's founder, released The Defender's Study Bible, a study Bible "defending" all Scripture passages which had come under attack, and presenting creation and inerrancy as foundational doctrines of Christianity. Many consider this his life's work, containing the results of 50 years of Bible study and belief. Over 6,400 explanatory notes and 18 appendices aid the reader in understanding even the difficult passages, especially those which deal with the vital doctrine of creation. Now he has added 3,000 more notes and two new appendices to increase its value and usability."

Bible softwareThe New Defender's Study Bible - printed version. Available on Quickverse but I would wait until it is available on another format. As discussed previously, Quickverse products will apparently be made available on Wordsearch, although they are not yet available as of February, 2012.

Website: Defender's Study Bible Notes free online - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading Creationist. Instructions: (1) Enter book name and chapter. (2) Select "Only the Defender's Notes". (3) Press "Search". Additional Notes: (a) Books that begin with a number (eg. 1, 2 Timothy, etc) must have a space between the number and name (e.g., "2 Timothy 1" retrieves hits but "2Timothy 1" returns no results). (b) Searches of first chapter of any book will also retrieve Dr Morris' introductory comments on that book.

Discipleship Journal

Comments: Practical articles on living out your Christian faith, calling us all to a walk of holiness. I would recommend buying one of the software versions which makes all 150 volumes fully searchable.

Bible software: Logos, Wordsearch - Be sure to purchase the "updated 25th anniversary version" which has 150 Issues (Note: The first version of the CD had only 120 issues of the journal).

Website: Discipleship Journal

Elwell, W. A. Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House 

Comments: Single volume commentary on the entire Bible. If you are considering buying a modern single volume, William MacDonald's Believer's Bible Commentary (below) is recommended.

Bible software: Logos, Wordsearch - Note that Wordsearch title is "Baker Commentary on the Bible" but this identical to the Logos version by a different name. Interesting!

Website: NA

ESV Study Bible - Crossway (2008)

Comments: Excellent study Bible. If you purchase the book, you have access to the web edition. 

Jerry Bridges writes "“The ESV Study Bible is the finest study tool I have seen in fifty years of Bible teaching. The notes, articles, maps, and illustrations are all of the highest quality. It is a great achievement!”

R Albert Mohler writes: "The ESV Study Bible is a treasure—a beautiful volume, filled with a wealth of resources. It will be just as useful for the seminarian and long-time pastor as it will be accessible to the brand-new Christian."

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: ESVBible.org - Online - Login for full access. There are 2 ways to get access to the Online ESV Study Bible: (1) Buy the print copy and register. (2) Pay $15 to receive lifetime web access to the ESV Online Study Bible.

Exell, Joseph, Editor: The Biblical Illustrator: (1887)

Comments: 55 Volume, 34,752 page work. If you do expositional preaching or teaching, you will definitely benefit from the many illustrative comments from multiple sources.

Bible software: Biblical Illustrator - 56 Volumes for E-sword - free

Website: 34/55 volumes available online Archive.org. Many of these volumes are Indexed by chapter at Preceptaustin (not all volumes available - e.g., see entry for First John  entry for First John). (See Google list of Biblical Illustrator on preceptaustin.org)

Gaebelein, F, et al: Expositor's Bible Commentary: Old and New Testament (12 Volumes)

Comments: One of the better conservative, evangelical Bible commentaries covering both the Old and New Testament. It is more detailed than the two volume Bible Knowledge Commentary. A free alternative is David Guzik's commentary below.

Bible software: Logos;  Wordsearch; No longer available from Pradis which has been discontinued

Website: NA

Garland, Anthony: A Testimony of Jesus Christ (Commentary on the Revelation)

Comments: Recommended for any serious study of the Revelation. Does a nice job of discussing alternative views but the main focus is verse by verse commentary from a conservative, futuristic (literal) viewpoint. A Testimony of Jesus Christ is one of the best commentaries that has ever been written on the Revelation. Garland's well researched, straightforward approach will help you unravel the truth of this wonderful book, which far too often has been confounded by commentaries that stray from a literal interpretative view of Scripture. See related topic Revelation Commentaries which includes listing of commentaries categorized by their interpretative approach:

Bible software: View the HTML version of the commentary online. Also available in printable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, as a Libronix Personal Book, as a module for use with e-Sword Bible Study programs.

Website: See Revelation Commentaries on Preceptaustin - Links are primarily to resources that hold to a literal interpretation of God's Word, but there is a list of non-literal commentaries.

Gill, John: John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible:

Comments: Lengthy comments on Scripture using Scripture as the main source of the commentary. As with all "older vintage" commentaries, although Gill is conservative, his comments tend not to be literal (and futuristic) in his interpretation of Old Testament prophetic passages, which are better handled by modern commentaries (such as Guzik below). Spurgeon has this to say concerning Gill:

"Beyond all controversy, Gill was one of the most able Hebraists (interpreters of Hebrew resources) of his day, and in other matters no mean (no less) proficient...Probably no man since Gill's days has at all equaled him in the matter of Rabbinical learning. Say what you will about that lore, it has its value: of course, a man has to rake among perfect dunghills and dust heaps, but there are a few jewels which the world could not afford to miss. Gill was a master cinder sifter among the Targums, the Talmuds, the Mishna, and the Gemara...He was always at work; it is difficult to say when he slept, for he wrote 10,000 folio pages of theology...He is far from being so interesting and readable as Matthew Henry...For good, sound, massive, sober sense in commenting, who can excel Gill? Very seldom does he allow himself to be run away with by imagination, except now and then when he tries to open up a parable, and finds a meaning in every circumstance and minute detail; or when he falls upon a text which is not congenial with his creed, and hacks and hews terribly to bring the word of God into a more systematic shape."

Bible software: E-sword (free), Libronix (Personal Book)

Website: Studylight (free)

Guzik, David: Commentary on the Whole Bible (except a few books) 

Comments: Recommended conservative brief verse by verse commentary on most of the Bible. Guzik is one of the few entire Bible commentaries from a contemporary writer which is freely available on the internet. The comments on prophecy are definitely conservative, evangelical and literal. A good guide to determine whether a given author interprets Scripture literally, is to read their comments on Revelation 20, specifically regarding the "1000 years" mentioned six times (eg read Guzik's notes on Revelation 20)

Bible software: CD from Enduring Word Media; Free book for Libronix (not for Logos 4 as of Feb, 2012) at Stilltruth.com; Free download for E-sword

Website: Studylight

Haldane, Robert:  An Exposition of Romans

Comments: Classic commentary. Can be a bit wordy and often less practical than a more modern commentary such as John MacArthur's commentary on Romans.

Website: See Links by Chapter - Romans Commentaries on Preceptaustin
 

Harris, R. L.  Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press. 

Comments: This two volume set is one of the best resources available (along with that by Zodhiates below) for scholarly and yet not overly technical Hebrew word studies. There are more and better definitions than Vine's OT Lexicon.

Bible software: Logos;  Wordsearch

Website: NA

Henry, Matthew: Commentary on the Whole Bible (1700's) This resource is also available free for download from "".

Comments: Well done classic, conservative and devotional comments on all of Scripture. As with all "older vintage" commentaries,  Henry's comments tend not to be literal (and futuristic) in his interpretation of Old Testament prophetic passages, which are better handled by modern commentaries (such as Guzik above). Henry occasionally misinterprets literal OT promises to Israel as fulfilled in the NT church.

Bible software: E-sword as well as most commercial software programs

Website: Studylight
 

Hiebert, D. Edmond Commentaries: Gospel of Mark, 1, 2 Thes, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1, 2 Peter, 1-3 John

Comments: Hiebert’s use of the Greek language and insightful comments make anything by this author of use for pastors, teachers or for anyone who studies the Word in depth. Hiebert has other works on Mark, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, James, epistles of John. In short, his commentaries are highly recommended!

John Walvoord - "While our generation has produced many notable scholars, few have achieved excellence in writing biblical commentaries from the standpoint of evangelical theology. The tendency has been in religious literature to discuss the views of men rather than the inspired Word of God. Dr. D. Edmond Hiebert has manifested extraordinary gifts as a leading scholar in the field of biblical exegesis. In his writings he has shown thorough research, a comprehensive review of pertinent literature, and, more importantly, a penetrating discernment of the precise meaning of the scriptural text. He has combined depth in scholarship with practical application and has manifested an ability to communicate the results of his study in an understandable way. His works have benefited both the scholar and the lay reader and have served to provide a solid basis for interpreting Scripture for a generation which has deviated more from biblical truth than any generation in the past. God has raised up men such as Dr. Hiebert to provide a sure word in an age that is groping for eternal truth."

Bible software:

Wordsearch has commentaries on - 1 Peter, James, 1, 2 Thessalonians
Logos
has commentaries on -
Gospel of Mark, 1–3 John, 2 Peter, Jude.
Logos has 2 titles from Everyman's Bible Commentary -
2Timothy; 1Timothy
Titus in Expositor's Bible Commentary (Zondervan)

Website: Preceptaustin has links to some of Hiebert's writings, which function to a degree like commentaries - see Hiebert in the following links - 1 John Commentaries; 1 Peter Commentaries. Here is a link to Theological Journal Articles by Hiebert
 

Hodge, C.  Romans. Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, 1835

Comments: Classic conservative commentary on Romans. Can be a bit wordy sometime and therefore often less practical than for example modern works such as John MacArthur's commentary on Romans (see below).

Bible software: Logos ; Wordsearch

Website: See chapter by chapter links at Romans Commentaries at preceptaustin

Holman Christian Standard Bible -Study Bible (HCSB Study Bible)

Comments: Enter Scripture. Study notes synch with Scripture. Mouse over underlined words pops up the Greek or Hebrew word. Activate this feature by selecting the "Alpha & Omega" Icon on bar above the Scripture. Notice that under the "Study Bible Notes Tool" if you click "Read" the notes are now visible in the middle (scrollable) window which includes any pictures or tables that might be present. The HCSB is a very well done, literal translation.

Hughes, R. K. Colossians and Philemon: The supremacy of Christ. Crossway (1989)
Hughes, R. K.  Hebrews: Vol 1 & 2: An Anchor for the Soul: Preaching the Word (1993)
Hughes, R. K. Romans : Righteousness from heaven. (1991)

Comments: Well written conservative commentary with frequent interesting illustrations and practical applications.

Bible software: Colossians = Logos; Wordsearch; Hebrews = Logos, Wordsearch; Romans = Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Towner, P. 1-2 Timothy & Titus. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Comments: Reasonably good commentary but tends to be wordy and sometimes hard to follow.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: Select books (Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, 2Cor, Gal, Php, Col, 1Tim, 1John, 2John, 3John, Revelation) are available free -see links at Intervarsity Press Commentaries

Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R. & Brown, D. A Commentary, Critical & Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. 

Comments: Relatively brief verse by verse comments. As with all "older vintage" commentaries, although generally conservative, the comments  are not always literal (and futuristic) in interpretation of Old Testament prophetic passages, which are better handled by modern commentaries (such as Guzik above). That said, of the pre-1900 commentaries, JFB is probably one of the better in interpretation of prophetic writings.

C H Spurgeon wrote that JFB is...

to some extent a compilation and condensation of other men's thoughts, but it is sufficiently original to claim a place in every minister's library: indeed it contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently.

Bible software: E-sword as well as most commercial software programs

Website: Studylight

Keener, C. S. The IVP Bible background commentary : New Testament. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press. (1993)

Comments: Interesting background insights.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

Keil & Delitzsch: Commentary on the Old Testament.

Comments: A classic commentary covering the entire Old Testament, but not always conservative or literal.

James Rosscup writes that "This is the best older, overall treatment of a critical nature on the Old Testament Hebrew text verse by verse and is a good standard work to buy. The student can buy parts or the whole of this series. Sometimes it is evangelical, at other times liberal ideas enter." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos Format)

Bible software E-sword; Logos (Libronix); Biblesoft;

Website: See Commentary on the Old Testament - full view and downloadable

King James Version Study Bible (Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1997). The Nelson study Bible : New King James Version) Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Comments: Well done notes on all Bible

Bible software: Logos

Website: NA

KJV Bible commentary. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Comments: Well done notes on all Bible

Bible software: Logos

Website: NA

Lenski, R.  The Interpretation of 1 & 2 Epistles of Peter, the Three Epistles of John, and the Epistle of Jude. Ausburg Publishing. (1966)

Comments: Well known, respected Lutheran commentator. Warren Wiersbe's favorite NT commentary.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

Lightfoot, J. B. Colossians and Philemon. The Crossway Classic Commentaries. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books. (1996)

Comments: Classic commentary. Selectively useful

Bible software: Logos

Website: Free at Archive.org - Galatians, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon

Louw, Johannes & Nida, Eugene: Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains.

Comments: Well done Greek lexicon which supplements a more complete lexicon like Zodhiates' (see below) or BDAG (Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature or Wordsearch).

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

MacArthur, John: Commentaries on Multiple NT Books including: Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy , 2 Timothy, Titus. Hebrews Chicago: Moody Press. 

Comments: One of the leading expositors of the Scripture in the 21st century. You will always be edified and equipped by Dr. MacArthur's sound Scripturally saturated exposition.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

Book Source: Matthew in 4 Volumes: Highly recommended (computer or book): Matthew 1-7 Macarthur New Testament Commentary Chicago: Moody Press, Matthew 8-15, Matthew 16-23, Matthew 24-28

MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Study Bible: Thomas Nelson  (1997)

Comments: The best study Bible available in my opinion. Highly recommended.

Bible software: Logos;  Print version For some reason it is not available in Wordsearch (Feb, 2012).

Website: NA

MacDonald, William & Farstad, A.  Believer's Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Comments: Highly recommended. One of the best single volume commentaries available covering both the Old and New Testament. Thoroughly conservative, literal, evangelical, and devotional. This resource is an excellent companion to the MacArthur Study Bible.

John MacArthur says:

"...concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."

Warren Wiersbe says that this commentary is

"...for the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word."

Bible software: Logos; E-Sword ($19.99) For some reason it is not available in Wordsearch (Feb, 2012).

Website: NA

McGee, J. Vernon. Thru the Bible Commentary. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Comments: Highly Recommended. Pithy, practical, conservative comments on every book of the Bible.

Bible software: Logos ($89.95) (Note: DiscountBible.com still has copies of the Libronix version of "The McGee Lifeworks Library" for $15. It has been discontinued, but the files are convertible to Logos 4) Wordsearch ($99.95)

Website: Mp3's of Thru the Bible are free - List of Books by Individual Tracks

Maclaren, Alexander: Expositions of Holy Scripture (1826-1910)

Comments: Maclaren was one of Great Britain's most notable and famous preachers. Maclaren published a number of books of sermons and climaxed his ministry by publishing his monumental Expositions of Holy Scripture which consists of expository essays covering most books of the Bible and are characterized by a devotional flavor. While pastoring the Union Chapel, Manchester (1858-1903), he was known as "the prince of expository preachers." If you are not familiar with Maclaren's style, click here for a few of his quotes to wet your appetite (or read his exposition Jehovah Jireh based on Genesis 22:14):

Bible software: Logos) ($249.95); Stilltruth.com has Maclaren free for Libronix (click here) and free for Logos 4 (click here); E-Sword (free); Wordsearch ($99.95)

Website: CCEL

Marshall, I. H. 1 Peter. The IVP New Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press. (1991).

Comments: The College Press NIV Commentary series is a reasonably good commentary but I would recommend using it only as a secondary resource to supplement a more classic work such as Bible Knowledge Commentary

Bible software: Logos

Website: NA

Meyer, F B The Epistle to the Philippians.  E-Sword Step program from Heritage Educational Systems.

Comments: Devotional commentary.

Bible software: E-sword; see Stilltruth.com for free personal book files for Libronix. Not yet available for Logos 4 (Feb, 2012).

Website: Online at preceptaustin.org

Mills, M. Ruth: A Study Guide to the Book of Ruth . Dallas: 3E Ministries 

Comments: NA

Bible software: Logos (not available as individual book)

Website: NA

Mounce, R. H.   Romans. The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers. 

Comments: Conservative, evangelical. A reasonably good commentary but in my opinion not the best as it is often too verbose.

Bible software: Logos (Libronix); Wordsearch

Website: NA

NET Bible notes: Study notes and much more in the free online version (see instructions below)!

Comments: These tend to be more technical notes on the New English Translation, but you will often discover some very useful insights. The NET Bible is synchronized with the NET Notes, Constable's Commentary and relevant articles on the Bible.org website. Very helpful!

Bible software: Logos (Libronix); e-Sword; Wordsearch

Website: Here are some basic instructions on how to use the free online NETBible Notes - First click this link (you may want to open in a new window to follow the instructions - Hold you pointer over this link and click your Right Mouse button to open menu - choose "Open in New Window"). First notice that at the top there a tab or box labeled "Matthew 1". Click the down arrow on the left side, select book and then the chapter of interest. The Scripture opens to that Book and Chapter and the NETBible Notes automatically synch with the Scripture. Note that instead of the NETBible notes you can select Constable's Notes which also automatically synch as you scroll down the NETBible Scriptures. Click on the Grk/Heb tab and hold your pointer over the Greek (or Hebrew) words to highlight the English word in the NETBible (or hold pointer over the English word to see the corresponding Greek/Hebrew word). The Articles tab also synchronizes with the NETBible and retrieves articles found at Bible.org that mention the verse you are studying (articles open in new window). You can increase or decrease the font size by holding down your Control Key and scrolling your Mouse wheel up or down. Now double click on a word like "Abraham" in 1:2 and note that you have a choice to view one of several dictionary articles on Abraham. Notice also that when you click on Abraham, the Articles tab automatically looks up articles that contain the specific chapter/verse associated with the name you clicked (in this case the Articles tab synchs with Mt 1:2NET). The Names tab gives brief descriptions of names (persons and places) mentioned in the text (Interesting!)  Finally, click the "Parallel" tab to compare 10 different Bible translations! There is more but this should get you started!

Newell, William: Romans Verse by Verse (published 1938) N

Comments: Recommended. An excellent, generally conservative, expositional and devotional commentary.

Bible software:  Free on Wordsearch

Website: Free at CCEL

New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament, The by Fritz Rienecker, Cleon L., III Rogers 

Comments: Brief comments on Greek word meanings. Knowledge of Greek is not a prerequisite. Occasionally you will find some real "treasures" in these short definitions.

Bible software: Only on the old Pradis as of June, 2010 (do a Google search - you might find an old Pradis copy for sale). Book on Amazon.com

Website: NA

Pink, A W Expositions on numerous Old and New Testament books (1886-1952)

Comments: Pink's expositional and devotional commentaries can be an excellent resource with the caveat that the reader be cognizant of Pink's tendency toward a supernaturalistic approach in interpretation (See brief discussion at Interpretation of God's Word) See link to Pink.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: Pink's Archive

Piper, John. Desiring God Ministries  

Comments: One of the finest expositors of Scripture in the 20-21st Century. He is always worth consulting.

Bible software: Wordsearch; Logos

Website: Link to John Piper's extensive online library of sermons which includes most of his books available as a free Pdf download.

Pfeiffer, C. F. The Wycliffe Bible commentary: Old and New Testament. Chicago: Moody Press.  (1962)

Comments: Well done theologically conservative resource covering the Old and New Testament in one volume. Named as one of the 850 Books for Biblical Expositors by the Master's Seminary.

Bible software: Logos (OT); Logos (NT); Wordsearch

Website: NA

Pulpit Commentary by H. D. M. Spence and Joseph S. Exell

Comments: Brief verse by verse comments plus homilies (sermons). Although the Pulpit Commentary (PC) is impressive in size, one must be discerning especially in interpretation of the Old Testament, as the PC frequently misinterprets the promises that were addressed primarily to Israel as promises that apply to the New Testament Church. E.g., in the PC's comments on Isaiah, the word "church" is mentioned 827 times despite the fact that the word "church" is not found once in the Old Testament! Paul's "commentary" accurately states that the "church" was "the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages [including the age of Isaiah]" (Colossians 1:26-note)! In another example, the PC has only a single mention of the "millennium" in Isaiah and even this comment is not accurate. By contrast,  the conservative, literal Bible Knowledge Commentary mentions the church 4 times and the millennium 52 times in its much more concise commentary on Isaiah. Click for a specific example of misinterpretation from the Pulpit Commentary.

Bible software: Logos; E-sword (free)

Website: Archive.org  "hits" on Pulpit Commentary

Radmacher, E. D. Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.  (1999) (Note: Identical to Nelson's NKJV
Study Bible)

Comments: Brief well worded conservative comments.

Bible software: Logos

Website: NA

Richards, Lawrence O:
The Teacher's Commentary.
Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books. (1987)
The Bible Reader's Companion (BRC) Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books. 
The 365 Day Devotional Commentary. (365) Wheaton, Victor Books 
Expository Dictionary of Bible Words. Zondervan (
Logos; print - Amazon) (New Name for this work = New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words)

Comments: The Teacher's Commentary is reasonably good but comments are not on every verse nor do they tend to be very detailed. The entire Bible—Genesis 1 to Revelation 22—is divided into teachable units. There are many "link-to-life" ideas to help teach each unit to any age group.

BRC is reasonably good but comments are not on every verse nor do they tend to be very detailed. BRC does provide introductions and outlines, summaries, cross-references, definitions, explanations of difficult passages, archeological reports, Bible customs, charts, realistic art, and much more!

365 Day Devotional is reasonably good but comments are not on every verse nor do they tend to be very detailed. Each day you will find a core passage of scripture with devotional commentary, a personal application, and a quote from a well-known Christian.

Bible software: Logos Wordsearch

Website: NA

Robertson, A. T.  Word Pictures in the New Testament

Comments: A classic test on the original Greek language covering all NT books. The comments are brief but occasionally give very useful insights into how a word was used in the original Greek language.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: Studylight

Ryrie, Charles: The Ryrie Study Bible

Comments: Brief comments on select verses. Conservative. Evangelical. Especially good on prophetic passages (if you hold to the literal approach to interpretation of the Scriptures!)

Bible software: Wordsearch; Logos

Website: NA

Stedman, Ray. The Ray Stedman Library. Ray C. Stedman Memorial Home Page

Comments: If you are not familiar with Ray Stedman's material, now is the time. It is always conservative and filled with practical comments and applications. Highly recommended.

Bible software: The complete Ray C. Stedman Library plus 67 messages in MP3 format is available on a free CD from Firefighters for Christ

Website: The Ray C. Stedman Library; Commentary Page; Online Books; Mp3 Index

10,000 Sermon Illustrations CD

Comments: Excellent sermon illustrations indexed by topic and by Scripture.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: Sermon Illustrations - Bible.org

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 

Comments: A classic resource for those doing in depth Greek word studies.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

Theological Journal Library

Comments: An incredible product that gives you a veritable seminary library (including journals from multiple different seminaries) on your computer.

Bible software: Galaxie Software Theological Journals for Wordsearch; Wordsearch; Logos

Website: Yes, and there is an annual $50 fee [click] required to view the entire journal article this fee gives you access to literally thousands of conservative articles that are searchable by topic and by Scripture - an incredible resource for serious study (recommended)

Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament , Harris, R. L., Harris, R. L., Archer, G. L., & Waltke, B. K. (1999, c1980). Chicago: Moody Press.

Comments: This is the best resource available for the lay person who cannot read Hebrew. Highly Recommended for anyone interested in original word studies.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

UBS: Helps for translators; UBS handbook series: Bratcher, R. G., & Nida, E. A. (1993], c1977). New York: United Bible Societies.

Comments: Verse by verse analysis with emphasis on translation the original language into English. Often has some interesting insights but it is not strictly speaking a commentary.

Bible software: Logos - Old and New Testament

Website: NA
 

Vincent, M. R.: Word Studies in the New Testament

Comments: Greek Word Studies. A classic. Does not cover every NT book as does A T Robertson's Word Pictures. Often has insights found no where else.

Bible software: Logos;  E-sword; Wordsearch

Website: Reference Search Page or Godrules

Vine, W. E. The Collected Writings of W. E. Vine. Thomas Nelson

Comments: This collection is a real "sleeper" because it includes Vine's well done commentaries (rich with Greek word study comments as one might expect). Here is a list of the included works and commentaries (many are verse by verse exposition) ---

Critique of W E Vine by F F Bruce (interesting!), Isaiah, The Leading Themes of the Gospels (10 chapters representing a series of papers-The Prologue of the Gospel, Christ as the Word, Christ as the Light, Christ as the Life, Christ the Sent One, The Subject of Believing, Witnesses to Christ, Divine Love, The Death of Christ, The Holy Spirit), John, Romans, 1Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, Outline Studies in the Epistle of James, 1, 2 and 3 John, The Person and Work of Christ, The Whole Gospel, The Church, Missions and Christian Service, The Second Coming and the Last Days, The Evolution Theory in the Light of Genesis, Spiritism Unmasked.

Bible software: Logos;

Website: NA

Vine, W. E.  Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. Nashville: T

Comments: One of the classic lexicons and often quoted or paraphrased by commentators and pastors alike. Makes a good companion to the more exhaustive Zodhiates' dictionary. Add Wuest, Vincent's and A T Robertson and you have a nice group of books for performing Greek word studies.

Bible software: (see preceding note on "Collected Writings") Logos (Libronix) (Click Libronix for Vine plus many other resources); E-sword (Greek); Wordsearch

Website: Reference Search Page but only NT Greek

Wall, R. W. Colossians & Philemon. The IVP New Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.  (1993).

Comments: The College Press NIV Commentary series is a reasonably good commentary but I would recommend using it only as a secondary resource to supplement a more classic work such as Bible Knowledge Commentary

Bible software: Logos

Website Intervarsity Press Commentaries

Walvoord, J. F. The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.  A

Comments: One of the modern classics with separate single volumes on the Old and New Testaments. This belongs in every student's library, whether in print or on the computer.

Bible software:  Logos, Wordsearch

Website: Free Online works by Dr John Walvoord, including his complete books on Daniel, Revelation, etc - highly recommended if you are studying prophetic literature!

Wiersbe, W. W. The Bible Exposition Commentary.  Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books
Wiersbe, W. W: Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books  
Wiersbe, W. W:  Be Committed. An Old Testament Study. Ruth and Esther Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books

Comments: Excellent commentary on the NT books. If Wiersbe has written something on a given verse, his comments are always worth checking. The Expository Outlines offer brief but meaty comments that do not duplicate Wiersbe's Bible Exposition Commentary.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch
Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament. 1989. Victor or Logos or Wordsearch

Bible Exposition Commentary - Old Testament. Victor or Wordsearch

With the Word: Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Handbook. Nelson or Logos or Wordsearch
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books or Wordsearch

Website: NA

Word Biblical Commentary: Multi-volume set: Old and New Testament: Word Biblical Commentary Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

Comments: Detailed commentary but not always conservative, literal and evangelical. This is a secondary resource that must be used with discernment.

Bible software: Logos

Website: NA

Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 

Comments: One of the best Greek word studies tools available and also has an excellent commentary on select books. Highly recommended.

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA.

Zodhiates, S. The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament and Old Testament Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers. 

Comments: This is a excellent Greek and Hebrew word study (along with TWOT).

Bible software: Logos; Wordsearch

Website: NA

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AMP Amplified: Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.  (www.Lockman.org)
ASV American Standard Version (1901) Available on E-Sword
BBE Bible in Basic English: No obvious copyright stated.
Brenton English translation of the Lxx (Septuagint). Available on E-Sword
CEV Contemporary English Version. Available on E-Sword
DNT Darby's New Testament Available on E-Sword
DRB Douay-Rheims Bible Available on E-Sword
ESV English Standard Version: Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
GWT God's Word Translation is a copyrighted work of God's Word to the Nations. Quotations are used by permission.
HCSB Holman Christian Standard Bible: Copyright © 2002 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved.
ICB International Children's Bible
ISV International Standard Bible. Available on E-Sword
NASB New American Standard Bible: Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible®,Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973,1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.
LITV Literal Translation. Available on E-Sword
LXX Septuagint (Greek Translation of the Hebrew Old Testament). Available on E-Sword
MKJV Modern KJV. Available on E-Sword
NJB New Jerusalem Bible: Biblical text copyright © 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday, division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
NKJV New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
NIV New International Version: Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
NLT New Living Translation: Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
TEV Today's English Version: (or Here) Scripture taken from the Good News Bible in Today's English Version - Second Edition, Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.
TLB The Living Bible Scripture quotations marked (TLB) are from The Living Bible, copyright ©1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189 USA. All rights reserved.
WNT Weymouth New Testament Available on E-Sword


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