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CBE International's Bible Commentary List

Originally compiled by Dr. Alan G. Padgett, 2008. Edited and updated by CBE.

This list is meant to provide a brief sampling of the rich literature of Bible commentaries written by evangelical scholars in the last few decades. CBE International focuses on books written for a broad church audience, but CBE sometimes includes larger volumes. CBE has not listed technical commentaries intended for scholars and advanced students; this has meant leaving off some excellent selections. All of the Bible commentaries listed here are friendly to an egalitarian perspective. In the same manner, CBE has not listed commentaries for every book of the Bible, but has limited itself to those which are most relevant to the debate about gender and race in the church.

Commentary Series Abbreviations (with publisher)

IVPNT IVP New Testament Commentaries (IVP)
NIBC New International Biblical Commentary (Hendrickson)
TNTC/TOTC Tyndale Old or New Testament Commentaries (IVP)
NICNT/NICOT New International Commentary on the New or Old Testament (Eerdmans)
NIVAC NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan)

 

Egalitarian Bible Commentary List

John Hartley, Genesis, NIBC (2000)

Terence Fretheim, Exodus (Westminster John Knox, 1991)

Gordon Wenham, Leviticus, NICOT (1979)

Christopher J. H. Wright, Deuteronomy, NIBC (1996)

Mary J. Evans, 1 and 2 Samuel, NIBC (2000)

Paul Leithart, 1 and 2 Kings (Brazos, 2008)

Victor H. Matthews, Judges, Ruth (Cambridge Univ. Pr., 2004)

Debra Reid, Esther, TOTC (2008)

G. Lloyd Carr, Song of Solomon, TOTC (1984)

Craig S. Keener, Matthew, IVPNT (1997)

Ben Witherington III, Matthew [With CDROM] (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary) (2006)

Ronald J. Kernaghan, Mark, IVPNT (2007)

Ben Witherington III, The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2001)

Joel B. Green, The Gospel According to Luke, NICNT (1997)

J. Ramsey Michaels, John, NIBC (1989)

Ben Witherington III, John's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel (1995)

F. F. Bruce, The Book of Acts, NICNT (1988)

Ben Witherington III, The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (1997)

John R. W. Stott, The Message of Romans, (IVP, 2001)

Ben Witherington III, Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2004)

Gordon Fee, The First Epistle to the Corinthians, NICNT (1984)

Ben Witherington III, Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians (1995)

Linda L. Belleville, 2 Corinthians, IVPNT (1996)

Aida Besancon Spencer, 2 Corinthians (Hendrickson, 2007)

G. Walter Hansen, Galatians, IVPNT (1994)

Ben Witherington III, Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians (1998)

Walter L. Liefeld, Ephesians, IVPNT (1997)

Lynn H. Cohick, Ephesians: New Covenant Commentary Series (2010)

Gordon Fee, Philippians, IVPNT (1999)

Ben Witherington III, Paul's Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2011)

N. T. Wright, Colossians and Philemon, TNTC (1986) [Note that some of Wright’s work suggests a complementarian view of marriage.]

Ben Witherington III, 1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2006)

Aída Besanҫon Spencer, 1 Timothy: New Covenant Commentary Series (2013)

Aída Besanҫon Spencer, 2 Timothy and Titus: New Covenant Commentary Series (2014)

Gordon Fee, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, NIBC (1995)

Ben Witherington III, Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John (2014)

Ben Witherington III, The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles (2007)

Joel B. Green, 1 Peter, (Eerdmans, 2007)

Ben Witherington III, Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter (2016)

Ben Witherington III, Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude (2016)

Ben Witherington III, Revelation: New Cambridge Bible Commentary (2003) Cambridge University Press

Catherine Clark Kroeger and Mary J. Evans, IVP Women’s Bible Commentary (2002)

Ben Witherington III, Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (10 volumes)

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