Here is a list of Bible commentaries with their viewpoints (moderate, liberal, or conservative), publishers, and intended academic levels. NOTE: The viewpoints listed are not indicative of every volume in the series. Rather viewpoints of each volume in a series may vary from author to author.

Conservative vs liberal commentaries has to do with the theological assumptions that are present in the commentary. Most commentaries make an effort to state the theological direction in which they lean. Conservative commentaries take for granted the truth of orthodox Christian doctrines such as the divinity of Christ, the inspiration of the Bible, the personal attributes of God, etc. A liberal commentary starts with few or none of these assumptions and attempts to let the text of the Bible "speak for itself" in a sort of theological vacuum. Both approaches are valid and are useful for different purposes.

Level: UG = undergraduate; Grad = graduate; Pop = popular

 Series  Publisher  Viewpoint  Level
 Abingdon NT Commentaries  Abingdon    Moderate - Liberal  UG/Grad
 Anchor (Yale) Bible Commentary of the OT/NT  Doubleday  Conservative - Liberal  Grad
 Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture  InterVarsity      Conservative  UG/Grad
 Apollos Old Testament Commentary  InterVarsity    Conservative  UG/Grad
 Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT   Baker  Conservative  UG/Grad
 Believers Bible Church Commentary  Herald Press  Conservative  UG
 Bible Speaks Today Commentary of the OT/NT  InterVarsity  Conservative  Pop
 Black's NT Commentaries  Hendrickson  Conservative - Liberal  Grad
 Brazos Theological  Baker    
 Cornerstone Biblical Commentary  Tyndale  Conservative  UG
 Eerdmans Critical Commentary  Eerdmans  Conservative - Moderate  Grad
 Encountering Biblical Studies  Baker  Conservative  UG
 Expositor's Bible Commentary  Zondervan  Conservative  UG/Grad
 Hermeneia  Fortress  Moderate - Liberal  Grad
 Holman Old Testament Commentary  Holman     
 International Critical Commentary  T and T Clark  Conservative - Liberal  Grad
 International Theological Commentary  T and T Clark  Liberal  Grad
 Interpretation Commentary of the OT/NT  John Knox/Westminster  Moderate - Liberal  UG/Grad
 Interpreting Biblical Texts  Abingdon  Moderate - Liberal  UG/Grad
 IVP NT Commentary  InterVarsity  Conservative  UG
 JPS Torah Commentary  Jewish Publication Society  Moderate-Liberal  Grad
 New American Commentary of the OT/NT  Broadman and Holman  Conservative  UG
 New Century Bible Commentary of the OT/NT  Eerdmans  Conservative - Moderate  UG
 New International Biblical Commentary of the OT/NT  Hendrickson  Conservative  UG
 New International Commentary on the OT/NT  Eerdmans  Conservative  UG/Grad
 New International Greek Testament Commentary  Eerdmans  Conservative - Moderate  Grad
 New Interpreter's Bible OT/NT  Abingdon  Conservative - Liberal  UG/Grad
 NIV Application Commentary of the OT/NT  Zondervan  Conservative  UG
 Pillar NT Commentary  Eerdmans  Conservative  UG/Grad
 Sacra Pagina  Liturgical Press  Conservative - Moderate  UG/Grad
 The Old Testament Library  Westminster John Knox  Moderate  UG/Grad
 Two Horizons  Eerdmans  Conservative  UG
 Tyndale OT/NT Commentaries  Eerdmans  Conservative  UG
 Word Biblical Commentary of the OT/NT  Nelson  Conservative - Moderate  Grad
 Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary of the OT/NT  Moody  Conservative  UG

 

 


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