12 Best Commentaries on Joel You Must Read First

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1) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 7: Daniel and the Minor Prophets



Top Commentaries on Joel // #1

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries. Written by dozens of scholars/preachers, it is regarded as an inter-denominational exposition and a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide. Each book of the series has an exposition, introduction, outline, and bibliography.  Frank E. Gaebelein is the lead author of the series’ volume 7 on Daniel and the Minor Prophets.


2) Joel, Obadiah, Malachi (The NIV Application Commentary)



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David W. Baker – professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary – writes on the three short prophetic books of Joel, Obadiah and Malachi.  Each contain a dual message and Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply them. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications.
This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


3) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 31, Hosea-Jonah



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A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Hosea-Jonah Volume 31 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Dr. Douglas Stuart (Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusettes). Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Ruth and Esther and fills a void in Old Testament studies. This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


4) The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary



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Noted evangelical scholars including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, and J. Alec Motyer offer an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the minor prophets and their messages of doom and gloom. A meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text is provided and the authors also relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.


5) Joel and Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)



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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Joel and Amos by David Hubbarb. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised texts of Joel and Amos have been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


6) Prophet of the Coming Day of the Lord: The Message of Joel


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Dr. O. Palmer Robertson – who was active in the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in America – writes Prophet of the Coming Day of the Lord: The Message of Joel for Evangelical Press.  A very short read, Robertson provides a clear and concise understanding of Joel’s message:  there is salvation amid judgment.


7) The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah



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Leslie Allen writes a careful, yet imaginative text on these four books and the messages they hold for contemporary Christians in The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah for The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.


8) Joel, Amos, Obadiah: An Exegetical Commentary


Thomas J. Finley writes a wonderful exegetical commentary on Joel, Amos and Obadiah for Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary.  This is one of 3 commentaries in a set by Biblical Studies Press.

Top Commentaries on Joel // #8


9) Joel & Obadiah: A Mentor Commentary


Joel & Obadiah: A Mentor Commentary
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Top Commentaries on Joel // #9

Dr. Irvin Busenitz was a member of Faculty at Talbot Theological Seminary before becoming a founding member of The Master’s Seminary.  He wrote Joel & Obadiah for A Mentor Commentary.  The 16 volume Mentor Commentary Series combines a high view of Scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. They are essential for pastors to use for sermon preparation, and for students and scholars of the Bible. While they do discuss textual, linguistic, and grammatical issues, they do so using English, making them accessible for English-only study. Features include: detailed footnotes, bibliography, subject and author indexes and much more.


10) Hosea, Joel: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture



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Duane A. Garrett writes Hosea, Joel: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


11) The Minor Prophets


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Part of the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (NIBC) Minor Prophets 1 is written by the late Dr. Elizabeth Achtemeier (a former adjunct professor of Bible and homiletics at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia). One of Baker’s Commentaries, this 36 volume commentary set distinguishes itself by being highly user-friendly. Each volume has a section-by-section exposition with highlighted key terms and phrases and transliterated Hebrew and Greek words. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.


12) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Top Commentaries on Joel // #12

Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.





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