Posts tagged with "Commentaries"

Douglas Stuart's Exodus Commentary Introduction Free

Douglas Stuart’s commentary on Exodus is available in limited preview format from Google Books.  You are able to read the entire introduction to the commentary HERE.  This is Douglas Stuart of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth fame.  He is a prolific author on the Old Testament who is evangelical in his outlook.  If you are interested in many of his other works you might check out his author page at

Read Fretheim's Commentary Introduction to Exodus Free

HERE is a link to Fretheim’s commentary on Exodus over at Google Books.  It is available in limited preview format.  The entire introduction to the commentary is available there.  He along with Walter Brueggemann are two of my favorite Old Testament theologians.  If you are interested in Fretheim’s other work you might consider checking out his article on Old Testament violence that I have interacted with HERE.

Victor Hamilton Commentary Introduction on Genesis Free

Victor Hamilton’s commentary on Genesis is in two volumes and is in the NICOT (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) series.  One of my favorite things about this series is the easy to use sections text critical notes, though those are not generally available as a part of this free limited preview.  Hamilton’s volume on Genesis 1-17 contains much introductory information for the book as a whole.  The introductory section of this commentary is available for free from Google Books – HERE.

Westermann Commentary Introductions on Genesis Free

Westermann’s three volume commentary on Genesis is one of the best that I have ever used personally, though I have had to do so through libraries.  Google Books has the introductions to two of these commentaries for free in limited preview.  It is only for the first two volumes, but the introductions are fairly extensive.  Read the introductions HERE (Genesis 1-11) and HERE (Genesis 12-36).

Franz Delitzsch Two Volume Commentary on Genesis Free

Franz Delitzsch’s commentary on Genesis is out of copyright and has been put online for free at  There is a lot of good stuff on this site, but there is also a lot to weed through.  Delitzsch’s commentary on Genesis is in two volumes with Volume 1 HERE and Volume 2 HERE.  This will be one of the better free commentaries on Genesis that you can download as a whole.

16 Free New Testament Commentaries

I just re-found this link yesterday.  InterVarsity Press has allowed to publish 16 volumes of their IVP New Testament Commentaries online for free.  These are some of the better commentaries that you will find online for free.  You can check them out HERE.  If you are interested in learning more about InterVarsity and InterVarsityPress, you can check out their sites HERE and HERE, respectively.

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Tim Bulkeley on Different Tools for Different Tasks

HERE is a post in which Tim Bulkeley discusses the use of Bible dictionaries and Bible commentaries.  He gives some very good advice, which has served me well when interpreting  given passages. “So on the whole avoid consulting commentaries as long as you can. The more you work at a text before reading one the more chance you have of arriving at a destination determined by the text that is different from the one the commentator recommends ;).”  This is similar to (though not quite the same as) the advice I received from the professor for whom I was once a teaching assistant.  He said that if you have done your work properly, a commentary should confirm many of your findings (assuming that the commentator has done their work well).  My bottom-line: Don’t use a commentary to be lazy and not study a passage for yourself.