ENTIRE BIBLE COMMENTARIES
We do not usually recommend a series of books, since most series are a mix of useful and not so useful books. The series of books that are listed are the best, in our view. Most sets are expensive. The quality of the books will vary in each set. Most of the time, it is best to purchase just the specific books that you need.
Gaebelein, Frank E., ed. Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. This is the original edition.
Longman, Tremper III and David E. Garland, ed. Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. This is the newly revised edition.
The EBC has been widely recognized as one of the best commentary sets available. Each book features a detailed outline, theological and critical exposition, and a bibliography. Notes on textual difficulties are kept separate; Hebrew and Greek are transliterated. Both editions are valuable. Avoid the 2-volume set.
Dockery, David S., ed. The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1991. This is an expository commentary on the whole Bible. It carries the strengths and weaknesses of a complete set. Most of the authors are Southern Baptists. All are conservative in their approach to the text.
Carroll, B. H. An Interpretation of the English Bible. Nashville: Broadman, 1948.
An older set, but still useful. Carroll (who died in 1914) was a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention. He is thoroughly Baptistic, but also postmillennial.
Walvoord, John F. and Roy B. Zuck, eds. Bible Knowledge Commentary. 2 vols. Wheaton: Wheaton: Victor, 1985.
This is a conservative, dispensational commentary on the entire Bible. Its brevity means that some things will not be covered in depth or at all, but for its size and price, it is a good deal.
Wiersbe, Warren. Wiersbe Bible Commentary. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2007.
These are the Old and New Testament “Be” series and are good examples of how to handle the text of the Old and New Testaments.