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Important Commentary Releases in 2023

Important Commentary Releases in 2023

As an avid collector of commentaries, I like to keep an eye out for new releases, especially when they are part of the various major commentary series. With the year coming to an end, I wanted to put together a roundup of the key releases from 2023. So here are some of the most interesting and most important commentaries released this year.

Richard J. Phillips – Genesis 2 Volume Set (Reformed Expository Commentary). You can’t go wrong with the author or the series. And it’s great to see this series finally extend to the book of Genesis. (AmazonWestminster BooksLogos)

Victor P. Hamilton – Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary. Hamilton wrote what many consider to be the best commentary on Genesis, so I expect his volume on Exodus will complement it well. (AmazonWestminster BooksLogos)

Jay Sklar – Leviticus: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). The ZECOT is a solid series with a helpful format. And Leviticus is one of those books that really demands a solid commentary to understand and apply it. (AmazonLogos)

Barry G. Webb – Job (Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary). The EBTC is a relatively new series but one that has a lot of excellent authors writing the various volumes. It’s fun to watch the series begin to fill out. (AmazonWestminster BooksLogos)

Kenneth J. Turner – Habakkuk: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Habakkuk is a book that doesn’t receive as much attention as many of the other Minor Prophets, so it’s good to see it receive a full-sized commentary. (AmazonLogos)

Charles L. Quarles – Matthew (Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary. This is another new volume in the growing EBTC series. (AmazonLogos)

Rob Ventura – Expository Outlines and Observations on Romans: Hints and Helps for Preachers and Teachers. Ventura’s volume isn’t a commentary per se, but is generally categorized as one. It will help anyone who is preaching or teaching the book of Romans. (AmazonWestminster Books)

Trent Casto – 2 Corinthians (Reformed Expository Commentary). The Reformed Expository series is based on sermons which makes it ideal for preachers or general readers alike. (AmazonWestminster Books)

J.V. Fesko – Galatians (Lectio Continua Expository Commentary). This is now the second edition of this commentary. It is part of a series published by Reformation Heritage Books that is still in relative infancy. (AmazonLogos)

Constantine R. Campbell – The Letter to the Ephesians (Pillar New Testament Commentary). It’s always a big deal when the PNTC series, which is edited by D.A. Carson, sees a new volume. That’s the case with Campbell’s volume on Ephesians which replaces the version by Peter O’Brien that needed to be removed. (AmazonLogos)

George Guthrie – Philippians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). The ZECNT has quickly become one of my favorite and most-trusted commentary series and I’m glad to see it extend to the key epistle to the Philippians. (AmazonLogos)

Seyoon Kim – 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary). Seyoon Kim has updated the commentary first written by F.F. Bruce. It is part of the WBC which has that unique format that some people love and some people really dislike. (AmazonLogos)

Sigurd Grindheim – The Letter to the Hebrews (Pillar New Testament Commentary). This is another replacement commentary in the PNTC that followed O’Brien’s works being removed. It comes with high commendations. (AmazonLogos)

Thomas Schreiner – Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). Schreiner is a much-loved and much-trusted theologian—just the kind we would want to take on the challenge of the book of Revelation. (AmazonWestminster BooksLogos)

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