13 Best Esther Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) Esther (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)



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Carey A. Moore – the Amanda Rupert Strong Professor of Religion at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – presents a careful and scholarly examination of Esther – the biblical book named after the beautiful Jewish woman chosen by the Persian King Xerxes to be queen.

Esther reads like a novel, with its fast-paced, action-packed story and Moore’s commentary on it read smoothly too.  He gives thorough background information and his meticulous attention to the specific meanings of words is of great benefit to readers.

Esther (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)


2) Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: Based on the New International Version (New International Biblical Commentary)



Top Esther Commentaries // #2

Wise and insightful, Leslie Allen and Timothy S. Laniak team up to present a rich commentary that shed light on Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and their intended message.

The book is part of the New International Biblical Commentary – a series by 43 world-class evangelical scholars.  Whether you’re preparing a lesson or sermon or simply studying for you personal reasons, the New International Bible Commentary provides you with a study resource that combines convenience with depth and relevance

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: Based on the New International Version (New International Biblical Commentary)


3) The Message of Esther (Bible Speaks Today)



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David G. Firth – an Old Testament tutor and head of research at St John’s College, Nottingham, England – explores Esther and its implications for the modern world in The Message of Esther. This book is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.

The Message of Esther (Bible Speaks Today)


4) Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther (New Studies in Biblical Theology)



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Dr. Barry G. Webb – emeritus senior research fellow in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in New South Wales, Australia – delivers a fresh and illuminating perspective on the five “festal garments” of love, kindness, suffering, vexation and deliverance in this commentary from the New Studies in Biblical Theology.

The five Old Testament books covered are traditionally known as “the Scrolls.”  Webb artfully allows each book to set its own agenda, and then examines each in relation to the wider Old Testament and to the New Testament gospel with its basic structure of promise and fulfillment.

Books from the New Studies in Biblical Theology series are edited by D. A. Carson and aim to simultaneously interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.  The volumes address:  the nature and status of biblical theology (including its relationship to other disciplines), the articulation and exposition of the structure of thought from a particular biblical writer or text and the delineation of a biblical theme across the biblical corpus.


Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther (New Studies in Biblical Theology)


5) The JPS Bible Commentary: Esther


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Top Esther Commentaries // #5


Adele Berlin pens the Esther volume of The JPS Torah Commentary – a series that guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. A scholar who is the epicenter of his field, writes each volume. Geared towards the English reader and very detailed, each book has traditional Hebrew text (with cantillation notes) the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar. Each volume also contains extra essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps. An excellent addition to anyone doing an open study of Genesis.  This particular book received the State of Israel’s Prize of the Minister of Science, Culture, and Sport for classical literature for the year 5762 [2001].

The JPS Bible Commentary: Esther


6) The New Century Bible Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther


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The New Century Bible Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther is a solid addition to the top Ezra commentaries. Written by David J. A. Clines, it provides a good balance between scholarship and accessibility.

The New Century Bible Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther


7) Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (OT Daily Study Bible Series)



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J. G. McConville – a Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England – writes Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther for the OT Daily Study Bible Series.

Continuing the brilliant pattern established by Barclay’s New Testament series, the Daily Study Bible has been extended to cover the entire Old Testament as well.

It is invaluable for individual devotional study, for group discussion, and for classroom use. The Daily Study Bible provides a useful, reliable, and intimately readable way to discover what the Scriptures were saying then and what God is saying today.

Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (OT Daily Study Bible Series)


8) Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)



Top Esther Commentaries // #8

Mervin Breneman writes Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: 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.

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)


9) Ruth-Esther (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 9)


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Top Esther Commentaries // #9

A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Ruth-Esther Volume 9 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Dr. Frederick Bush. 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.


Ruth-Esther (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 9)


10) Esther and Ruth (Reformed Expository Commentary)



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Iain M. Duguid, PhD – a professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary – pens Esther and Ruth for the Reformed Expository Commentary. He asks the main message of the two books: does God help those who help themselves? Duguid’s understanding of the Old Testament, coupled with his ability articulate it in such an accessible manner, makes this commentary a pleasure to read. He’s masterful at drawing implications for believers today from Old Testament passages and his writings on Ruth and Esther add a new dimension to Old Testament understanding.

Reformed Expository Commentaries are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is Reformed in doctorine, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

Esther and Ruth (Reformed Expository Commentary)


11) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Volume 4) 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job



Top Esther Commentaries // #11


The Gold Medallion Award-winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary is 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 twelve-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.

The seventy-eight contributors come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and from many denominations, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed. They represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages.

Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Volume 4) 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job


12) Esther (The NIV Application Commentary)


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Top Esther Commentaries // #12

Karen H. Jobes shares perspective on Esther that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary.  The book of Esther describes how a crisis was averted through the bravery of Esther, the wisdom of Mordecai and the unity of the Jewish people.  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.

Esther (The NIV Application Commentary)


13) Esther (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)


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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Esther by Joyce Baldwin. 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 text of Esther has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

Esther (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)




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