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Best Commentaries on the Minor Prophets

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This page is current as of December 2023.

For recommendations on other books and an introduction to this series, visit
Best Commentaries on Each Book of the Bible.

The Minor Prophets are unique in that they are short. For that reason, most commentaries include several of the books in each volume. In this list of recommendations, I will begin with volumes that cover all or multiple books before suggesting some options for individual books.

Thomas E. McComiskey – The Minor Prophets. For a selection that covers all of the minor prophets, this book, which was once three volumes, has now been published as one. (Amazon, Logos)

Douglas Stuart – Hosea-Jonah (Word Biblical Commentary). This is the consensus pick for the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah. It is, of course, one volume that covers all five. (Amazon, Logos)

David Allan Hubbard – Joel & Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries). While Joel and Amos are covered in some of the other volumes listed above, they are covered in slightly more detail here. (Amazon, Logos)

O. Palmer Robertson – The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament). As we progress into the next batch of Minor Prophets, we won’t find a volume much stronger than this one by O. Palmer Robertson. (Amazon, Logos)

David W. Baker – Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries). This is by all accounts either the best or next best option for Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. (Amazon, Logos)

Iain Duguid – Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (EP Study Commentary). It is impossible to go wrong with Duguid and this volume is no exception to the rule. It will cover you well through the final trio of the Minor Prophets. (Amazon, Logos)

Iain Duguid & Matthew Harmon – Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi (Reformed Expository Commentary). Though this is a completely different series with a completely different format, it would again be well worth turning to Duguid. (Amazon, Westminster Books, Logos)

Here are some suggestions for individual volumes:

Kevin J. Youngblood – Jonah (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Of all the Minor Prophets, the one you are most likely to preach is Jonah, and this book will serve you well. So will… (Amazon, Logos)

Sinclair Ferguson – Man Overboard!: The Story of Jonah (Banner of Truth). This is a helpful little book by a very trusted theologian. (Amazon, Westminster Books)

Derek Kidner – The Message of Hosea (The Bible Speaks Today). You can rarely go wrong with the BST, and especially the older volumes. And then, of course, you can never go wrong with Derek Kidner. (Amazon, Logos)

Daniel I. Block – Obadiah (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). For a one-volume treatment of Obadiah, Block’s recent treatment of the book is the way to go. The ZECOT is an especially helpful format, too, which makes it all the stronger. (Amazon, Logos)

Mark J. Boda – The Book of Zechariah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament). For a very substantial and in-depth commentary on Zechariah, Boda leads the way. (Amazon, Westminster Books, Logos)

Richard J. Phillips – Zechariah (Reformed Expository Commentary). For a sermon-based approach, Phillips is always a trusted preacher and scholar. (Amazon, Westminster Books, Logos)

Walter C. Kaiser – Malachi: God’s Unchanging Love. This is an older volume but one that has lost none of its strength. (Amazon, Logos)

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