16 Best Habakkuk Commentaries You Must Read First
June 13, 2017

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1) Minor Prophets: Part 2

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #1

Michael Floyd – professor of Old Testament at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas – pens part two of this series from Forms of the Old Testament Literature.  Published by Eerdmans, this series presents a form-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible based on a standard outline and methodology. Each volume includes thorough bibliographies and a glossary of the genres and formulas identified in the commentary.

 

2) Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (1991): A Commentary

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #2

Written by J. J. M. Roberts – the William Henry Green Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary – this serious commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah is an earnest attempt to hear the message of the ancient prophets and apply it to the world today.  The Old Testament Library is a series from Westminister John Knox Press that gives fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament via commentaries and general surveys. The authors are scholars of international standing.

 

3) The Minor Prophets

 

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Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #3

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.

 

4) Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #4

David Baker – Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH – writes Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary for the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. 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 Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

 

5) The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #5

O. Palmer Robertson provides a clear and thorough study of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in this book 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.

6) The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #6

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.

 

7) Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #7

David Baker – Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH – writes Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary for the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. 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 Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

8) Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #8

Dr. Kenneth L. Barker – an author, lecturer, biblical scholar, and the general editor of the NIV Study Bible – writes Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: 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

 

9) Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #9

A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Micah-Malachi, Volume 32 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Ralph L. Smith. Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Micah and Malachi 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.

 

10) Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands

 

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #10

John L. Mackay – a highly-respected Old Testament scholar – writes Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands for Focus on the Bible.  The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage.

 

11) The Minor Prophets (2 Volume Set)

 

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Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #11

The late James Montgomery Boice – who was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – wrote the inspirational Micah-Malachi commentary for The Minor Prophets two-volume series by Baker Books.

 

12) The Message of Joel, Micah & Habakkuk

 

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Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #12

The Message of Joel, Micah & Habakkuk: Listening to the Voice of God is a clear and understandable text by David Prior. In a passage-by-passage review, it answers compelling questions like Where is God in times of disaster? How can God allow suffering? 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.

 

13) Habakkuk: A Wrestler with God

 

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Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #13

A short (100 pages) read by Walter J. Chantry, Habakkuk: A Wrestler with God is also rich and absorbing.  Chantry shows how Habakkuk lived out his name by wrestling with God in prayer.  This work was previously published in the Banner of Truth magazine.  You’ll find themes that are timely, challenging and comforting.

 

14) Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

 

Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #14

The short but prophetic books Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah are written about in eloquent form by Dr. James Bruckner – professor of Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary – for The NIV Application Commentary. 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 Jonah commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.

 

15) Habakkuk (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

 

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Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #15

Francis I. Andersen – a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, Australia – writes Habakkuk for The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries.  The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries is a prestigious series of more than 80 volumes written by scholars of all faiths. A book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha, this massive commentary series makes available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible. Anchor Yale commentaries are written with the most exacting standards of scholarship, reflecting the highest technical accomplishment. They are accessible for laypersons, and vital for sermon preparation, research, and advanced study of the Bible.

 

16) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

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Top Habakkuk Commentaries // #16

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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