Building a library that suits your needs as a Reformed pastor, layman, scholar, or academic can be cumbersome and expensive. Even if you can afford the best commentaries available, there are so many great resources you may not know where to start.
We’ve compiled over 150 commentaries featuring top scholarship from the Reformed tradition and made them available in one massive bundle. This bundle combines expositional and exegetical works, with time-tested classics, and contemporary, world-class scholarship. Best of all, this may very well be the most affordable bundle of commentaries we’ve ever offered.
Invest in time-tested classics
Gain insight from Calvin’s prolific writings on the Bible. His commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. Men like John Piper, J.I. Packer, and Karl Barth were all influenced by his work. Alister E. McGrath once said,
Calvin’s theological heritage has proved fertile perhaps to a greater extent than any other Protestant writer. Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, and Karl Barth, in their very different ways, bear witness to the pivotal role that Calvin’s ideas have played in shaping Protestant self-perceptions down the centuries. . . . It is impossible to understand modern Protestantism without coming to terms with Calvin’s legacy to the movement which he did so much to nourish and sustain.
Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Bible
Get the commentary celebrated for its approach to answering questions, and providing cultural context, historical impact, and cross-references to scripture. Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible gives pastors the practical insight and historical context they need to understand the message of biblical books. Charles Spurgeon used Poole’s commentaries for his own study and claimed,
If I must have only one commentary, and had read Matthew Henry as I have, I do not know but what I should choose Poole. He is a very prudent and judicious commentator . . . not so pithy and witty by far as Matthew Henry, but he is perhaps more accurate, less a commentator, and more an expositor.
Sit under contemporary scholarship
Build your library with a series known for rigorous exegesis, exposition, scholarship, and pastoral sensitivity. The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC) is alert to both biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible. Designed for both serious students and for general readers of the Bible, PNTC makes the meaning of Scripture clear.
Pillar authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. They are deeply committed to wrestling with the text, using every means at their disposal to “loosen the Bible from its pages” and help readers understand what the text says and how to apply it to life today.
Get thorough, exegetical, verse-by-verse commentary from the New International Greek Testament Commentary. At the heart of these volumes, the NIGTC authors interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs, and then make their own contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.
While engaging the major questions of text and interpretation at a scholarly level, the authors keep in mind the needs of the beginning student of Greek as well as the pastor or layperson that may have studied the language at some time, but does not use it on a regular basis.
Still not convinced this bundle’s for you? Here are a few other resources it includes:
- Focus on the Bible Commentaries
- Mentor Commentary Series
- Classic volumes from the New International Commentary Series
- John Owen’s An Exposition on the Epistle to the Hebrews