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Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary (4 vols.)

, 1921–1923


Go deeper into the Word with Paul Kretzmann’s well-loved Bible commentary, designed for the everyman.

Though rich with careful exposition and rigorous scholarship, Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary was created to be put into the hands of everyday Christians—a trusted tool used by people of all education levels. Published by Concordia Publishing House between 1921 and 1924, this classic commentary is “composed in the spirit of Luther, whose one paramount desire was to have all people read and understand, believe, and live the Bible. It is a commentary such as Luther would have written, had he lived in America today: a commentary of the Bible and for the Bible” (John Theodore Mueller, from the foreword).

Kretzmann’s commentary is distinguished by its accessible language and practical focus. Forgoing lengthy discussions of grammatical technicalities, etymology, variations in the manuscripts, or heterodox opinions, Kretzmann focuses on simply offering clear exposition of the Bible. The result is a helpful Bible study aid that anyone can use, offering rich insights into the text’s meaning and application. Working verse by verse, the commentaries also include chapter summaries and brief introductions to each book.

This four-volume commentary set endures as a classic guide for laypeople, as well as for teachers, Sunday school leaders, and small group facilitators. Lutheran scholar Kretzmann’s thoughtful insights, engaging voice, and concise, practical style make his commentaries a valuable tool for Bible students of all levels.

The Logos edition of Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary equips you for better study with cutting-edge functionality and features. Easily compare English translations of Scripture passages and access original-language texts. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. The Topic Guide lets you perform powerful searches to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Exposition of the entire Protestant Bible
  • Accessible and practical style
  • Verse-by-verse commentary
  • Supplementary sections explaining important doctrinal, ethical, and social questions
  • Title: Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 2,871
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Popular Commentary of the Bible: The Old Testament, vol. 1: Genesis to Esther

  • Author: Paul E. Kretzmann
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 1923
  • Pages: 798

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Learn to see Christ in the Old Testament as you study along with Paul E. Kretzmann. In the first volume of his Old Testament commentary, you’ll find helpful introductions to each book from Genesis through Esther, setting the stage for the narrative that unfolds. No long, complicated introductions here—just a brief word to provide summary and context for your study. The rest of the volume contains verse-by-verse exposition of the text, and supplemental sections discussing important doctrinal and social questions, enabling readers to dig deeper into the Bible. Kretzmann uses everyday language to explain what the text says and what it means, while also addressing historical, geographical, and archaeological references.

Popular Commentary of the Bible: The Old Testament, vol. 2: Job to Malachi

  • Author: Paul E. Kretzmann
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 1924
  • Pages: 664

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Deepen your study of the Old Testament with this practically focused commentary, covering Job through Malachi. Kretzmann takes care to “explain all historical references . . . while all geographical and archeological references receive proper attention.” You’ll also find supplemental sections in which “doctrinal, ethical, and social questions are thoroughly discussed, and the many footnotes offer references for further study, while the bibliographical indications may serve for advanced work.”

Popular Commentary of the Bible: The New Testament, vol. 1: The Gospels and the Book of Acts

  • Author: Paul E. Kretzmann
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 679

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Paul Kretzmann’s commentary is an invaluable tool for Christians who want to get into the Bible and deepen their study of the Word. This volume provides concise introductions to the New Testament books from the Gospels through the book of Acts, and verse-by-verse exposition of each text. You’ll also find helpful supplemental sections scattered throughout giving further explanation of important references and concepts.

Popular Commentary of the Bible: The New Testament, vol. 2: The Epistles of the Apostle Paul, The Epistle to the Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles, The Book of Revelation

  • Author: Paul E. Kretzmann
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 730

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Dig into the latter half of the New Testament with the help of Paul Kretzmann’s popular commentary. This volume begins with Paul’s epistle to the Romans and finishes with the Revelation of John. Find brief introductions to each book that provide context and prepare you to approach the text. Study alongside Kretzmann’s commentary: scholarly, yet designed to put Bible study aids in the hands of the people. You’ll also find a number of special articles and excursus throughout the text, which offer further insights and exposition of key concepts and events, including justification, the election of grace, church discipline, Christian giving, the Antichrist, the universal priesthood of the believers, and Chiliasm.

About Paul E. Kretzmann

Paul Edward Kretzmann (1883–1965) was born in Farmers Retreat, Indiana. His early education was conducted at Concordia College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned his PhD and DD from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He pastored a church in Shady Bend, Kansas from 1906 to 1907, before moving to Denver, Colorado. He became a professor at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1912. After Concordia’s Committee on English Theological and Religious Literature passed a resolution to oversee the creation of a popular commentary on the entire Bible in 1918, Kretzmann was chosen for the task and he undertook the work full time through 1923. His commentaries remain a classic reference and favorite study tool.


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  1. David Menton

    David Menton


    Apparently Logos bought out the Bible software Wordsearch and I presume its library since it can be transferred to Logos. Since Kretzmann's Popular Commentary was available (with great resource description) on Wordsearch, could anything be more straight forward than making it available to Logos customers who have been waiting several years for it?

  2. Richard Lucian
    I have this in my Wordsearch library. What is the timeframe to make it available in Logos?

  3. Chad Wright, Associate Pastor of Christian Care and Counseling
    I have the printed volumes, but would love to add this resource to my Logos library.

  4. Rev. Dr. John Thomas
    A tremendous commentary. When I see this complete collection at auction I buy and donate to churches. I pray this valuable is published ASAP.

  5. Paul



    This is one of the best commentaries around. Patiently waiting for this treasure.

  6. David J Sutton
    I see that CPH has this out now as an eBook offering. Is there any chance this will come in the nearish future. I would like a Lutheran resource as a whole bible commentary, instead of Baker or BKC. Thank you

  7. Dennis Strong

    Dennis Strong


    Isn't there a way to advertise this bidding? I think many don't know that this wonderful volume set is in the bidding process or don't know how it works. Advertise! Otherwise, the interest goes down because people are tired of waiting...

  8. Jason Petoskey
    Really sad to see this still sitting here after three years. I am the point in my studies this would be a great resource but sadly I cannot use the electronic version as it is not even ready.

  9. Mark Eckert

    Mark Eckert


    I don't know if it's appropriate to ask a question here. But how long has this commentary been sitting where it is? Is it progressing toward actual publication? How can it be promoted better? Does it need to be promoted better? Thanks for the information.

  10. Dan



    How long, O how long? :-)

  11. Faithlife User
    After seeing comments that people have been waiting 3 years for this, please cancel my account and bid!!

  12. Victor Castillo
    When will we will be able to purchase this to our library?

  13. Stanley Palmer
    This is a great, timeless resource. I refer to my hard copies often; I truly hope Logos makes this happen!

  14. Jace Holden

    Jace Holden


    Love the hard copies at the office, but would love to have on my devices and computers when I travel or at home. How do we get more people to bid?

  15. Christopher



    I use these all the time, I would love to be able to have them available in Logos

  16. David Schroeder

    David Schroeder


    No kidding, I've been waiting years for this, cmon logos!

  17. David Steinke

    David Steinke


    It would be nice to see this happen.

  18. Preacherman



    This is Good Stuff! Come on Logos, make it happen!

  19. Martin Diers

    Martin Diers


    I run the website on which the online edition of this work resides. Glad to see this coming to Logos.

  20. Jonathan Schroeder
    Dudes. This would be so great to have! And what a great price! Every LCMS Lutheran cleryman has had some kind of experience with Kretzmann and that small print type. Let's make the type bigger and the whole work accessible at the touch of a button! Yeah, you can get this on a website, but the functionality of Logos will make this well worth $16!


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